June 2017 ///

Special Focus

“From scratch” frac re-design yields uplift in legacy Bakken field

Peter Bommer, Marc Bayne, Abraxas Petroleum Corporation; Michael Mayerhofer, Mike Machovoe, Liberty Oilfield Services; Maciej Staron, PetraNova Engineering Corp

A North Dakota operator took advantage of the recent slowdown, to take a fresh look at its Bakken completion design. Utilizing public data and shared industry learnings, a new recipe was developed that yielded a 23% production uplift in its first application.

Multiple completion technologies yield the best of all worlds

Travis Harris, Packers Plus Energy Services

Multiple completion technologies can be combined in one well for a hybrid solution to improve stimulation in extended reach laterals.


What’s new in artificial lift?, Part 2

Joe D. Woods, International Pinpoint; James F. Lea, PL Tech LLC

Part 2: In this second of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in ESPs, PCPs, plunger lift and gas lift systems, plus new developments in power, automation, control and monitoring systems.

Organophillic, clay-free fluid maximizes asset value and reduces cost offshore Abu Dhabi

Stefano D. Angelo, Hatem Shabaka, Mohamed Hamed, Matteo Vinci, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Jessica Paola Ramirez-Angulo, Halliburton

Offshore Abu Dhabi, UAE, successful implementation of multiple firsts for the service team and its customer—the longest lateral section; the first application of a CaBr2 fluid system; and a field record ROP—was achieved.

Drill pipe life tripled, drilling operations optimized in Bakken laterals

Karma Slusarchuk, Whitehorse Technology; Manuel Garcia, XTO Energy, Inc.; Aditya Nikam, Tejas Ghorpade, ETECH International

Uniquely non-welded wear bands reduced friction and wear, helping to increase ROP.

Rigs, completions rise, as differentials sink

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Bolstered by the eagerly-awaited start-up of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the takeaway bottleneck that trapped Bakken-Three Forks producers behind an economic eight-ball is evaporating and taking pricing differentials with it.

Able to boost production considerably, Russia’s commitment to international efforts that limit output has yet to be confirmed

Emily Querubin, World Oil

By surface area, Russia is the world’s largest country, and it also contains the globe’s largest natural gas reserves.

Stainless steel umbilical tubing proves strength after 17 years’ subsea service

John Tokaruk, Sandvik

Earlier this year, one of the world’s first dynamic umbilicals was retrieved from deep water, offshore Europe, after 17 years’ deployment. As part of an overall investigation of the umbilical, the stainless steel tubes were tested, providing insight into the durability of the alloy in subsea conditions.

P&A retrieval operation enhances long-term well integrity

Roar Pedersen, Silje Harestad, Archer

A new plug system is designed to help operators plug and abandon wells more safely, more efficiently, and more economically, by increasing hang-off loads, reducing rig site handling, and enabling pressure testing, both above and below the plug.


First Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Natural gas output in the northeastern U.S., principally Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, has grown rapidly, sparked by shale gas development.

Energy Issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Fossil fuels have been on the wrong side of environmental stewardship for a number of years, according to many.

Executive Viewpoint

Fernando Assing, Tesco

When oil and gas prices began to drop in 2014, companies, including Tesco Corporation, intensified their efforts to reduce drilling costs and improve rig efficiency.

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

It was bound to happen—exploration litigation for everyone. Do you have some emotion about an experience with your former employer or partners?

What's New in Production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

An ever-growing catalog of water-treatment and reuse technologies, intended to solve Hydraulic Fracturing Problem Number One, has prompted out-of-the-box thinkers to ask themselves a tantalizing question: Do we have to use water in the first place?

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

It is that time again. A new administration in Washington, a new federal budget and its priorities being proposed, and tax reform being debated, have all joined to bring the subject of energy subsidies, yet again, to the forefront.

Innovative Thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Growing up financially underprivileged in the Houston suburb of Tomball, Texas, Duke VanLue, founder and CEO of Downhole Technology, LLC, was never a stranger to hard work and perseverance.

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Recent major discoveries in the Atlantic, off Guyana’s coast, promise an oil revenue boom as early as 2020.

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Present some off-the-rack drilling software to an EOG Resources hand, and you’re likely to be met with no less indifference than had you offered up a floppy disk, or pointed out directions to the nearest phone booth.

The Last Barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

In 2014, the U.S. shale boom was raging, and benchmarks were hovering around $100-$110/bbl. But Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali Al-Naimi sensed danger in U.S. shale development.

News & Resources

World of Oil and Gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Dong Energy has divested its upstream business, DONG E&P, to Ineos for $1.05 billion.

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

OPEC agreed to extend its output cuts for another nine months. Libya and Nigeria, which have boosted output since January, will continue to be exempt from the arrangement.

People in the Industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Weir Oil & Gas has appointed Ronan Le Gloahec as managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. Based in Dubai, Le Gloahec will lead the company’s business unit.

Companies in the News

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) has signed a five-year contract with Shell Brazil for light subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

Vallourec has released VAM X-Force, a high performance drilling connection that is designed to drill in the most challenging environments.