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JUNE 2013

Special Focus

  • Evaluating conductivity and proppant applications in Bakken formations

    Bethany Kurz, Darren Schmidt, and Phil Cortese

    A study of Bakken formations and proppant applications revealed that fluid exposure may affect both rock and proppant strength. In addition, conductivity decreases within the Lower and Middle Bakken appear to be a function of proppant and rock strength, as well as formation embedment and spalling.

  • High build rate RSS sets records while targeting thin reservoirs

    Deng Xiang Bai, Yong Sheng, Yi Zhu, Qiang Li, Qi Wang, Phan Van Chinh, Colin Ke and Mike Zhang

    A recent horizontal drilling campaign in western China has broken drilling performance records while using the industry’s first high build rate, rotary steerable system (RSS) with custom integrated bits to target very thin, ultra-deep oil reservoirs 


  • Bakken/Three Forks shale once-ignored zone could double reserve base

    Jim Redden

    If the Three Forks/Bakken shale sounds awkward now, allow it to sink in.

    To be sure, no one expects the core Middle Bakken formation to take a backseat anytime soon, but indications are mounting that a role reversal of sorts may happen. Between a newly released doubling of recoverable reserve estimates, and a premier operator’s recent flowrates from a previously unexplored lower zone, it would not be entirely farfetched to envision the underlying Three Forks/Sanish emerging as a horizon of choice in the more-than-200,000-sq-mi, liquids-rich hybrid play.

  • High activity levels continue offshore Norway

    Interview with Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

  • Reginal Report: East Africa

    Lydia Thevanayagam

    Despite significant offshore gas discoveries and promising onshore results, the East African region remains vastly underexplored and it will take years of further intensive exploration for the industry to learn of the region’s full potential. 

  • What’s new in artificial lift?

    James F. Lea, Herald W. Winkler, Joe D. Woods, and Mark S. Garrett

    Part 2: In this second of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in ESPs, PCPs, surface jet pumps, and gas lift and plunger lift systems.

  • What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation

    Stephen Prensky

    Part 1, Logging: General developments include ongoing efforts to improve the accuracy of wellbore surveys. New LWD developments include cement evaluation; azimuthal acoustic tool and LWD NMR, among others. New wireline developments include openhole acoustic single-well imaging, borehole radar, geomechanics, pulsed-neutron geochemical logging, wireline formation testing and reservoir connectivity evaluation, among others.

  • ‘Who done it’ in hydraulic fracturing

    Ali Daneshy

    Occasionally, production from a hydraulic fracturing treatment falls short of expectations. This usually starts a search for the cause and who (or which aspect of the preceding operations) is responsible for the shortcoming. The discussion becomes more serious when only one or two of the many wells in close proximity of each other have subpar production. Each participant is sure of the effectiveness of his/her own part of the operation, but unsure of the other parts. Search for the guilty, even when hidden and indirect, is unproductive and can harm the cooperative relationship between team members, which is essential for successful operations and good production. Let’s discuss the role and contribution of each technical discipline, its boundaries, limitations and consequences of mishaps.


News & Resources


  • Companies must come to grips with an aging, changing workforce

    Jon Glesinger

    As the Baby Boomer generation continues to move toward greater retirement, the task for oil and gas companies is to transfer their knowledge and experience to a new generation of workers.

  • Hiring decision-makers see growth opportunities, challenges

    Melanie Cruthirds

    The people making hiring decisions across the industry, from operators to service companies, noted that oil and gas companies will likely need to strategize new ways to attract talented professionals, strengthen their university relationships and fully vet the safety training of new hires to be successful in today’s workforce.

  • Increased activity heightens global competition between regions for most talented workers

    Mark Guest

    As oil and gas operations spread to all corners of the world, companies must take their recruiting efforts beyond the regional level, in order to compete for, and secure, the most skilled professionals. Recruitment efforts are becoming more robust, and compensation packages are continuing to grow.

  • Industry could do more to attract and retain top STEM talent

    Simon Kho

    In a competitive hiring market, companies need to start their recruiting efforts earlier than ever. Reaching students during their education is critical to drawing top prospective hires to oil and gas professions.

  • Keeping pace in the global oil and gas hiring market

    Melanie Cruthirds

    In the upstream oil and gas industry, there has been an almost universal uptick in activity around the world in recent months. As companies expand existing operations, and continue to establish new projects, the increase in business has meant corresponding growth in hiring rates. Operators and service companies are adding team members to keep up with their growing portfolios.

  • Listen to your female employees

    Dr. Eve S. Sprunt

    Companies should be leveraging the ideas and input of their female team members to solve problems and effectively meet challenges.

  • New hires see value in energy professions, no matter their background

    Melanie Cruthirds

    Whether they came from traditional engineering educations, or entered oil and gas from another industry, these new hires have found challenging, rewarding careers in a variety of roles around the world.

  • Reputation matters in the competition for highly qualified workers

    Jill Tennant

    As upstream oil and gas companies compete with each other, and with outside industries, to attract top talent, perception and reputation play a role as to where potential hires seek employment.

  • University of Houston program aims to prepare graduates for real-world work

    Melanie Cruthirds

    In an industry as fast-paced as oil and gas, college graduates must be more prepared than ever to rise to the myriad challenges they will face as new hires. The University of Houston’s Petroleum Technology Initiative intends to give students the knowledge and skills that will set them apart.



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2013 Fracturing Technology

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