March 2008 ///
These wells can be drilled by deliberately seeking out large fractures and minimizing formation damage by using managed pressure drilling.
MPD is solving critical problems, reducing downtime, lowering risks of drilling challenging wells and reaching TD where previously impossible.
Fluid indicators vary in sensitivity depending on local conditions. Some are more effective than others, but all are useful.
Data from more than 250 wells drilled with casing while drilling technology provides an extensive database for risk modeling assessment and prediction.
An analysis of the Gulf of Mexico’s probable development portfolio can help us better understand the remaining potential of the US GOM.
Economically setting sump packers by wireline saves Chevron's Tahiti deepwater project significant rig-time cost.
In GOM's deepest productive well, operator optimizes under-reaming while drilling operation using FEA.
Seismic from basalt flows in the Deccan Traps shows the difficulty in modeling complex, multi-layered sequences.
Developments include new wireline and while-drilling depth-correction methods; telemetry technology; acoustic, resistivity and production logging devices; formation testers; and surface logging technology.
Statoil drilled 13 and completed 20 HPHT development wells with cesium formate brines without a single well control incident.
An in situ gas injection and extraction solution to recovering nearly 100% of oil from conventional resources and oil shale is being proposed for development, and could potentially solve the technical barriers surrounding other EOR techniques.
Low-solids, non-dispersed drilling fluid, hydraulics modeling and engineered sweeps save $500 thousand on a South Texas well.
Vol. 229 No. 3 DRILLING Wear and friction of hard-faced claddings Block-on-ring test configuration shows that cladding microstructure in new developmental alloys effects both cladding and casing wear. John Truhan ,* University of Tennessee, Ravi Menon, Frank
Oval-shaped pad design enables encompassment of a significant vertical length of borehole while establishing a pressure seal with the formation, and is effective when testing thinly laminated, tight formations, and fractured or vuggy carbonates.
Peak and ye shall find—it's not so bad
BP made an important oil discovery in the Gulf of Suez, Northern Shedwan Block, Egypt.
Brazil moving toward export
NAPE exhibitors miss the mark
Ultra-sonic crude heating
News & Resources
Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news
Output increases in China, Brazil and
Canada were the principal factors in January’s growth of world
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Meeting & events
AEE (Association of Energy Engineers), GLOBALCON
2008, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX,
New product and service offerings from company press releases
Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry
Shah Field work awarded to ConocoPhillips