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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.
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
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.
Interview with Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Companies should be leveraging the ideas and input of their female team members to solve problems and effectively meet challenges.
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.
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.
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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