July 2020 ///

Special Focus

Integrated geomechanical interpretation of hydraulic stimulation using distributed vibration sensing

Michael John Williams, Joel Le Calvez, Colin Wilson, Adrian Rodriguez-Herrera, Schlumberger

Distributed vibration sensing has provided a new measurement technique for monitoring hydraulic fracture treatments. Once pre-modelled, the strain steps show expected order of response, and the fracture propagation can be matched during real-time to estimate the extent of actual fracture propagation.

Innovative solution builds knowledge from diverse data sources

Sean Spicer, Erica Coenen, Geraldine Haas, Sudhendu (Kash) Kashikar, Reveal Energy Services

An advanced software platform takes a human-centric approach in distilling knowledge from unconventional well data.

Digital completion system integrates OFS data to increase fracing efficiency, lowering operational costs

Melanie Darbyshire, Cold Bore Technology

A new digital IIOT completion technology eliminates imprecise manual tracking during fracing operations, using sensor-driven software. The system consolidates real-time data from all service providers, on one screen, and produces a time-stamped operational log of what occurred at the wellhead...

Features

Cybersecurity, data security and privacy: Seven questions E&P company boards need to ask

Sheryl Falk, Winston & Strawn LLP

The wealth of data that E&P companies hold makes them vulnerable to a range of risks requiring ongoing board oversight.

Shaletech Report: Proppant coating designed to reduce formation water

Logan Cabori, Kevin Hamori, Hexion Inc.

Formation water reduction technology improves oil/water ratio in multiple basins.

Digitization and management: Considerations for efficiency, safety and profit gains

John Clegg, Weatherford

Our industry requires technological advances during this historic downturn to make well construction and production operations safer and more efficient. But with capital expenditures likely to be severely constrained, where will the money come from? To help bridge the gap, existing digital solutions that require no capex spending can be used immediately to increase efficiencies and deliver improved performance.

Global E&P mid-year spending outlook: Collapse underway

James West, Evercore ISI

So far, 2020 is on track to be the second-worst year in the spending survey’s 35+-year history, exceeded only by the 32% decline of 2016.

Improving performance in unconventional oil reservoirs

Mojtaba Moradi, Michael Konopczynski, Tendeka

Advanced completion technology can balance the distribution of gas injection along the length of the wellbore and help control early back-production of gas in a huff & puff gas EOR process.

Prospects for activity on the UKCS after the oil price collapse

Professor Alexander G. Kemp, Linda Stephen, Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF)

A new study highlights the possible levels of oil and gas production, field investment and decommissioning activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), following the collapse of oil and gas prices.

Unique digital rig monitoring technology improves operational efficiencies and drilling performance

Wendell R. Brooks, Mallory Lasalvia, Axis Energy Services

As the industry moves forward, producers are searching for ways to lower costs and reduce cycle times. Service providers must develop new technologies and sophisticated data analysis capabilities to better understand downhole conditions and rig performance, to improve drilling operations.

Doing More with Less: A Framework for Effective Equipment Integrity Assurance

Melvin Banford, Lloyd's Register

Operators are in survival mode and require innovative solutions to achieve the desired results within tighter margins. It is imperative that companies do more with less without compromising quality, and equipment integrity assurance plays an important role in reducing NPT and lowering well construction costs.

World Oil editorial: Time for Trudeau regime to lend help to Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore industry

One of the more exasperating, outrageous situations being played out in the global upstream industry is the Trudeau administration turning a deaf ear, so far, to repeated requests and pleas for federal officials to lend substantive help to Newfoundland and Labrador’s (NL) offshore oil and gas industry.

World Oil exclusive: Canada’s Noia reacts to latest statement from federal minister on Newfoundland’s offshore

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Several times, over a period from mid-April to June 4, Canadian federal officials—principally as voiced by Natural Resources Canada Minister Seamus O’Regan—declared that they recognized that the NL offshore oil and gas industry is important, and that action would happen “soon.”

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Dallas Fed survey reveals U.S. firms’ upstream mindset, strategy

What’s new in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Which way next: 90, 270, 360 or 180?

Executive Viewpoint

Gareth Wynn, Oil and Gas UK

Forging the UK oil and gas industry’s future

Water Management

Mark Patton, Hydrozonix

What is WOTUS, and other threats to produced water

The Last Barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Natural gas: Commodity or by-product?

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The future is now

Resources

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Industry at a Glance