May 2019 ///

Special Focus

Going with the flow

Travis Harris, Packers Plus Energy Services

Numerous completion technology advances have emerged to improve stimulation efficiency and lower break-even costs, but the optimal solution depends on the development.

Adoption of wireless intelligent completions advances

Annabel Green, Paul Lynch, Tendeka

Wireless intelligent completion technology has the potential to change the way that reservoirs are managed, linking highly segmented and complex wellbore systems to the digital oil field.

Features

Applying ultra-deep LWD resistivity technology successfully in a SAGD operation

Michael Bittar, Hsu-Hsiang (Mark) Wu, Alan Cull, Halliburton

Innovative technology helps operators map reservoir and fluid boundaries over 200 ft (61 m) from the wellbore, more than doubling the industry standard for depth of investigation.

Can a major war be won?

Trent Latshaw, Latshaw Drilling Company

The recent tightening of oil export sanctions by the Trump administration against Iran has caused me to do some thinking.

Federal field laboratories improving production efficiency, minimizing environmental impacts

Rob Vagnetti, Jared Ciferno, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

The Marcellus shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory (MSEEL) is a field project conducted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), an agency of the U.S Department of Energy. It conducts extended studies to analyze and characterize key attributes of the Marcellus in the eastern U.S., to increase production and ultimate recovery. MSEEL is one of numerous field lab projects conducted by NETL.

Fueling fracturing with natural gas: Redefining wellsite power for oilfield services

Carrie Murtland, Evolution Well Services

The challenges of fueling hydraulic fracturing operations come in many forms, including consistent fuel supply, efficiency, emissions and safety. Natural gas power generation and specialized fracturing fleets offer answers to many concerns posed by traditional diesel-powered technology, and present a new paradigm for wellsite power.

Changing the game

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Brandishing an array of government initiatives and the allure of world-class geology, Brazil is intent on reversing recent years of decline in overall production.

Enhanced oil recovery improved by nanoparticle-induced crude swelling

Devesh Agrawal, Ke Xu, Qusai Darugar, Valery Khabashesku, Baker Hughes

Most EOR methods use surfactants as injection fluids in traditional core-flooding operations. However, a new micromodel improves in-situ and dynamic saturation information, in less time and at a lower cost.

Understanding the structure of complex flows to optimize production

Anna Pieper, Dr. Bruno Pinguet, TUV SUD NEL

Digitization and automation require a very good understanding of multi-phase flows, if such new modeling concepts are to improve hydrocarbon production, and there is much more to do.

Single measurement and control solution simplifies multi-well pad operations

Nolen Moss, Rockwell Automation; Erik Syme, ProSoft Technology

A single architecture improves scalability and data integrity, and decreases capital spending.

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Alberta looks forward to better days

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

What information should you trust?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

It knows when you’re sleepy

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Snake eyes

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

Colorado’s calamity

Water management

Mark Patton, Hydrozonix

Time for a reality check

Executive viewpoint

Anthony Spinler, Weatherford

Why would you drill without MPD?

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Dangerous precedent

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Talos Energy—alongside consortium partners Sierra Oil & Gas and Premier Oil—has provided an update on the Zama appraisal program in Mexico’s Block 7, in the prolific Sureste basin.

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

In April, crude rallied to four-month highs, as cuts by OPEC+, and forced export reductions in Venezuela and Iran, pushed WTI up 9.1% ($63.42/bbl), while Brent gained 6.7% ($70.58/bbl).

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Peter Voser has been named interim CEO at ABB.

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Well-Safe Solutions has agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible drilling unit from Diamond Offshore.

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Sercel has launched its first distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) seismic solution.