September 2018 ///

Special Focus

Test program yields shale-optimized casing connections

Heather Byers

Before 2002, connections designed for drilling and completions were tested at the discretion of a specific manufacturer.

New series of connections offers flexibility in onshore shale plays

Dr. Dhiren Panda (1)

New connections have been developed to address the emerging needs of wells in unconventional shale plays, with longer laterals. These premium and semi-premium connections are targeted for use, where higher torque requirements are necessary to land the casing, as well as to ensure proper cementation. Combined with high performance tubulars, these connections allow operators to land the casing string quicker, and reduce non-productive time.

Features

U.S. drilling plateaus, modest increase seen for second half

Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham

Operators remain cautious but are showing greater optimism, as solid oil prices prompt them to issue upwardly revised capital expenditure guidance. Onshore plays remain dominant.

Canada suffers from logistical issues and political uncertainties

Robert Curran

Canada’s arduous climb from its recession is underway. But there’s still a long road ahead. Resurgent oil prices are not enough to offset uncertainty caused by low gas prices and lack of pipeline capacity.

Stable growth carries the day

Emily Querubin, Michele Cowart

Some semblance of “normalcy” is returning to the global EP industry after three wrenching years of activity recession.

A low-density proppant solution for slickwater systems

Lee Reynaud

Slickwater systems tend to have low viscosity, which can attribute to difficulty with effectively suspending and transporting proppant in a fracture. Accordingly, a new, low-density proppant has been developed to enhance the transport capability in slickwater fluids and provide increased fracture conductivity.

An API 17TR8-compliant subsea wellhead developed to handle extremes

Ryan Phillips, Keegan Tooley, Fred Bingham, F. Justin Rodriguez

As drilling progresses into deeper waters that require more complicated well profiles, there is an increasing need for equipment that can withstand higher pressures, temperatures and casing/structural loads. A 20,000-psi, 350°F-rated, 18¾-in. HPHT wellhead has been developed to satisfy these requirements.

Regional Report: India

Michele Cowart

Over the next 30 years, India is predicted to be one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

QI can be helpful for drilling decisions in unconventional plays

Phil Wild, Lev Vernik

Quantitative interpretation (QI) is applied routinely to conventional reservoirs. By using rock physics and the construction of a workflow, QI can be a viable proposition for making drilling decisions in unconventional reservoirs, as well.

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham

Moderate, stable growth is in the offing

Energy issues

William J. Pike

Hats off to Apache

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Who pays for new visualization?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Sea change afoot

What’s new in production

Don Francis

Small is big

Water management

Mark Patton

Permian produced water: No crisis, just opportunity

Executive viewpoint

Dan Fu

Real-time, tunable technology for operating efficiency

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

Big stick diplomacy

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin

Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco, Schlumberger’s geophysical services product line, for $650 million.

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming

OPEC crude production rose to 32.74 MMbpd in August, the highest level this year, as an increase of 310,000 bopd in Libya helped offset a 240,000-bopd reduction in Iranian output (Bloomberg).

People in the industry

Michele Cowart

Evy Glørstad-Clark has been appointed senior V.P., exploration, for Aker BP.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart

LLOG Exploration delivered first production from its Crown and Anchor fields in the Gulf of Mexico, during second-quarter 2018.

New products and services

Michele Cowart

Weatherford International introduced its Rotaflex long-stroke pumping unit that improves artificial lift efficiency in deep, high-volume and high gas-to-liquids wells.

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