The rapid downturn in oil prices has taken its toll on activity levels in major U.S. shale plays. And yet, in the mid- and long-term picture, these shale plays, and their counterparts across the globe, will be increasingly vital sources of production. Furthermore, it is the continuing, evolving progress in shale technology that drives these production gains.
We’ve already seen major advancements in various categories of shale technology, including formation evaluation, horizontal and pad drilling, multi-stage fracing and water management. For instance, rig efficiencies have improved to the point that every rig involved in pad drilling now has about three times the impact on daily production rates than it did when only drilling single-well locations. And these rigs are tapping multiple formations, not just one layer.
Thus, improvements continue to be made in a variety of shale-related technologies. The articles in this section describe advancements in integrated analysis, drilling motors, drill pipe, frac plugs, resin-coated proppants and hydro-frac fluids, among others.
- An advanced model for hydrodynamic analysis and development planning of reservoirs: A case study in southwestern Iran (October 2023)
- What's new in production (October 2023)
- Global activity looks solid and is increasing (September 2023)
- U.S. upstream muddles along, with an eye toward 2024 (September 2023)
- Canada's upstream soldiers on despite governmental interference (September 2023)
- Regional report: Newfoundland and Labrador: Despite some setbacks, NL’s offshore sector continues to ride its large potential to greater progress (September 2023)
- Applying ultra-deep LWD resistivity technology successfully in a SAGD operation (May 2019)
- Adoption of wireless intelligent completions advances (May 2019)
- Majors double down as takeaway crunch eases (April 2019)
- What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation (April 2019)
- Qualification of a 20,000-psi subsea BOP: A collaborative approach (February 2019)
- ConocoPhillips’ Greg Leveille sees rapid trajectory of technical advancement continuing (February 2019)