May 2010 ///

Special Focus

Multisegment well modeling optimizes inflow control devices

New ways to model flow regimes add intelligence to optimize production or injection sweep efficiency and reduce well interventions.

Saudi experience with intelligent completions yields insights

An evaluation of more than 100 Saudi Aramco wells equipped with multiple downhole valves demonstrates the technology’s effectiveness and yields valuable recommendations for optimizing field performance. 

Features

Increasing the relevance of surface seismic data in unconventional plays

In situ full-azimuth decomposition of the seismic wavefield yields seismic signatures and diagnostic properties that are unbiased by acquisition sectoring.

Iraqi development plan breaks new ground

Beyond its enormous scale, the recent auction marks the first time so many development projects will target simultaneous completion dates. It also represents a major break from the prevailing NOC-IOC dynamic.

Perdido ties together Shell digital oilfield technologies

The project is the first Western hemisphere application of an integrated philosophy that shifts from periodic to continuous optimization and from point answers to integrated “big picture” solutions.

Poised for seismic activity in the Atlantic, eastern GOM

The proposed re-opening of the US Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida may spur long-awaited industry activity.

Shale Energy: Developing the Bakken—High oil prices spur Bakken activity

Leasing and drilling operations in the shale oil play are reaching record highs due to a significant oil price advantage over natural gas.

SHALE ENERGY: Developing the Bakken—Infill drilling potential and fracture

A fracture modeling and multi-well simulation study evaluates down-spacing potential for horizontal wells in North Dakota.

SHALE ENERGY: Developing the Bakken—Ten years into the Bakken Shale

The Bakken Shale is defining the future of unconventional oil development in the United States.

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Saudi experience with intelligent completions yields insights

An evaluation of more than 100 Saudi Aramco wells equipped with multiple downhole valves demonstrates the technology’s effectiveness and yields valuable recommendations for optimizing field performance.