Issue: March 2014
Application of fully automated, rapid-response managed pressure drilling (MPD) in eastern Mexico’s Veracruz basin made a well, deemed impossible to drill, achievable, paving the way for basin-wide exploitation of previously inaccessible reserves.
Independent HIL testing was proven to be a systematic, effective method for assessing control system software for MPD applications, and served as a key element in qualifying a new technology.
Deployed on coiled tubing (CT) or wireline, a retrievable whipstock packer and latch system has reduced the number of trips required for total tool removal, while retaining the flexibility to leave the packer in the wellbore, thus ensuring continued flow of production
Logging-while-drilling technology was proven successful in accurately measuring and testing formation pressure in a field onshore Gabon.
An operator and service company collaborate to lower emissions and boost efficiencies during hydraulic fracturing operations through the use of bi-fuel fracing pumps and greener frac fluids.
High technology meets low cost
Despite lackluster exploration results over the preceding decades, East Africa is beginning to emerge as an increasingly important hydrocarbon province.
Pemex has held a monopoly on Mexico’s oil and gas industry for more than 70 years.
Times … they are a changin’
But, popcorn is extra
Narwhal for Ice Management: At the helm of Arctic progress
Hydraulic fracturing has spawned a renaissance in the U.S. oil and gas industry.
While shale exploration and production in the international arena are still in their infancy, North American shale activity has transitioned, from the initial excitement of the discovery of new plays, to the slow and steady efforts of understanding reservoir variability through seismic surveys, wireline and LWD logging, and core analyses, followed by improving drilling efficiency through multi-well pad drilling.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s interpretation of the David and Goliath story, Goliath, while immensely strong, is so blind that he must be led into battle by an attendant.
G&G technology continues to “zero in” on the unique challenges of shale exploration and production.
Productivity is the name of the game in drilling, as new, well-pad-oriented rigs, beefed-up tubulars, tighter spacing, and other factors come into play.
In liquids-rich shales, several fracturing designs may appear to work early in the development, but comparison of the produced fluids to what is known to be in the reservoir should be an assessment criterion.
Increased hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling has meant ever-greater amounts of water, in terms of both completion and disposal.
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