Issue: June 2020

Special Focus

New approach extends electrical submersible pump life

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

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

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

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

Regional Report: Russia

Price and virus woes

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

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

Innovative fluid designs offer operators streamlined solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Associations take proactive path in Canada and the UK

The last barrel

U.S. operators shut in production, finally

What's new in production

Appreciating depreciation

Executive viewpoint

Creating true value from technology in the energy industry

Oil and gas in the capitals

Latin America’s E&P moves at reduced rate

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