Issue: August 2014
Rising oil prices and market growth are enabling energy companies to extract oil and gas from ever-deeper waters.
A newly developed, 11¾-in., expandable liner hanger packer (ELHP) system made it possible to overcome the challenges of drilling Saudi Aramco’s first deepwater well, a rank wildcat in the Red Sea.
As activity accelerates, regulatory compliance in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico touches more and more of the supply chain. Increased emphasis is being placed on the certification of new technologies not deployed previously in the region.
Despite a variety of interfering factors, U.S. activity remains at a high level, aided by the industry’s technical and efficiency gains. Canada continues to slowly rebound on the strength of oil activity, while Mexico remains at a lower level.
After thorough up-front planning, Suncor and Weatherford conducted a successful MPD operation in a SAGD well. A total of 2,350 ft was safely drilled for the re-entry production section.
Identification of potential pre-salt basins and improved deepwater technologies leads to targeted licensing rounds, as several countries strive to participate and boost activity in these frontier plays.
When operators enter underexplored areas, the question of how best to proceed with project development becomes more complex when considering local communities.
The South Texas fairway of the Eagle Ford/Pearsall shale has taken on the feel of a more than 400-mi-long trade mart this year, as new players shell out top dollar to gain a share of what are among the highest recovery rates in the unconventional sector, and a play with plenty of room to grow.
One of the most efficient drillers in the Eagle Ford has turned its attention lately toward capitalizing on its diverse technical toolkit, to both increase and sustain production rates.
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