June 2020 ///

Special Focus

New approach extends electrical submersible pump life

Xiaonan (Lawrence) Lu, Laszlo Soos, Dr. Sunder Ramachandran, Joseph McManus, Baker Hughes

An integrated service strategy, combining advanced system design and targeted chemical treatments, extends ESP run life and lowers replacement costs.

Evolution of ESP technology enables economical application in unconventional wells

Andrey Fastovets, Diego A. Narvaez, Cristina Vasilache, Schlumberger

Recent advancements in ESP designs and surveillance systems have made the downhole pumps economical for use in unconventional wells. The optimization process also has allowed operators to exploit the improved ESP efficiencies, to increase production and drive down costs in challenging conventional wells, too.


We’ve been through tough times before

Edward Cross, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association

The view from Kansas: Using a combination of technical, financial and regulatory expertise, the U.S. E&P industry will again persevere and move on to future success.

Shaletech: Bakken-Three Forks Shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Wells shut-in, DUCs build, as operators look to 2021

Regional Report: Russia

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Price and virus woes

Opinion: Don't let climate catastrophists hijack Covid-19 relief

Wayne Christian, Railroad Commission of Texas

Some activists can’t resist putting a good crisis to work for other agendas.

Innovative fluid designs offer operators streamlined solutions

Jeff J. Miller, Alexandra Morrison, Halliburton

Utilizing hydraulic modeling software, with digital twin capabilities, provides streamlined fluid solutions for accessing previously inaccessible reservoirs, while reducing rig time and maximizing overall asset value.

Casing exit system delivers economical solution for high-value wells

Tom Emelander, Weatherford

An off-the-shelf shallow-angle milling system, coupled with a versatile whipstock anchor, enables a deepwater GOM operator to sidetrack from a collapsed expandable liner saving 14 days of rig-time valued at $14 million.

Canadian offshore industry in crisis mode

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Canadian officials have united to spur action by the federal and provincial governments to provide immediate assistance to the offshore industry, which has been hit extremely hard by Covid-19 and the collapse of oil prices.

DOE/NETL methane emissions research moves forward

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

The U.S. NETL continues to research methane emissions from oil and gas field operations, based on well types, while also developing a machine learning-based methane detection algorithm to detect leaks from a drone.

The other key workers: Keeping the lights on

James Young, JDR Cables

One service/supply company in the UK shares its lessons learned in coping with Covid-19 while maintaining operations.

Developing a smart workover and intervention strategy, using automation and advanced data analytics

Cio Cio Mario, Rini Saputra, Sera Saifuddin, Triyono Triyono, PT Saka Energi Indonesia; Sabrina Metra, Praprut Songchitruksa, Rajeev Ranjan Sinha, Karthick Vadivel, Schlumberger

Selecting wells for workover or intervention is time-consuming, resulting in fewer well reviews per year and longer intervals between the pre-planning and execution stages. This article presents a solution that uses automation and advanced data analytics to turn months-long manual well selection into a minutes-long process that supports economic production gains.

Production 4.0 opens custom analytics and autonomous controls to anyone

Manoj Nimbalkar, Weatherford International

Each year, the oil and gas industry could save billions in OPEX if just a tiny fraction of the world’s rod-lift and gas-lift wells had the benefit of autonomous optimization.


First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Associations take proactive path in Canada and the UK

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

U.S. operators shut in production, finally

What's new in production

Willard C. (Bill) Capdevielle, P.E., Contributing Editor

Appreciating depreciation

Executive viewpoint

Richard Holsman, Accenture Microsoft Business Group Lead for Europe

Creating true value from technology in the energy industry

Oil and gas in the capitals

Mauro Nogarin, Contributing Editor

Latin America’s E&P moves at reduced rate


Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil