June 2021 ///


Sponsored Content: One size does not fit all

In a fast-paced, cost-conscious oil and gas industry, OEM groups seek standardization and efficiencies through commodity manufactured valves. These products provide the availability and utility demanded by end users to adequately support operational needs. One variable difficult to fit into this “commodity mindset” is the choke valve.

Making in-situ flowmeter calibration a reality

Dr. Bruno Pinguet

A combination of laboratory and wellsite analysis can be used to address in-situ meter performance to reduce maintenance frequency. This conditioned-based monitoring can reduce the overall annual cost of operating multiphase flowmeters in deeper and more remote fields.

Scaling-up digitalization for a low-carbon industry

Jean-Luc Guiziou, Wallace Pescarini

Two senior executives with TotalEnergies and Schlumberger give their thoughts and analysis of what the industry’s digital transformation effort has accomplished and where it is headed in the future.

Closed loop production optimization: One step closer to autonomy

Bob Okuijsen

Historically, operators have employed piecemeal strategies to optimize components of the production value chain. However, achieving autonomous operations will require a holistic approach, integrating traditionally disparate data sources to create a single digital twin that can be delivered with relatively small up-front investment.

Optimizing well performance with advanced flowback equipment and automated drawdown management

Adam Swartley

New analysis tools and improved technology enable operators to tailor an initial drawdown strategy for every well in real time, leading to improvements in short- and long-term production.

Regional Report: Russia

Mike Slaton

Like the rest of us, Russia’s oil and gas industry has been hammered by Covid and the price collapse. But the Bear’s pain, and recovery, is compounded by a pack of uniquely ursine issues.

Shaletech: Bakken-Three Forks Shale

Jim Redden

The titular “cash engine” that is the Bakken-Three Forks shale has been running on fumes. But most of the operators left standing after a wave of consolidations are gearing up for what promises to see the Williston basin play regain some of its grit, as the year unfolds.

Subsurface trend analysis in the Gulf of Mexico

Jared Ciferno, Kelly Rose, Mackenzie Mark-Moser

The Subsurface Trend Analysis (STA) method is a data-driven approach, in which deductive geologic methods are integrated with spatiotemporal statistical autocorrelative methods. NETL has developed STA to better understand subsurface systems and predict their properties.

Rediscovering the promise of America’s Great Lower Tertiary play

Chuck White, Roy Shilling, Vamsee Achanta, Jeremy Walker, Terrance Ivers

Part 2: In April, the first half of this two-part feature documented industry’s failure to profitably exploit the massive Wilcox Lower Tertiary trend in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico. This second article evaluates how alternative technologies and strategies can make those failing assets profitable while reducing human and environmental risk.

Special Focus

Wellbore tortuosity logging improves ESP placement, enabling optimized production

Rob Shoup, Justin Boltz, Richard Harrison, Stephen Forrester

Many factors must be considered when discussing how to optimize production, but industry evolution and advances in technology have made clear that operators cannot properly place artificial lift equipment without truly understanding the quality of their wellbore.

Evidence-based initiative improves guided sucker rod longevity

Brian Wagner

A systematic approach reduces failures and associated costs, while extending beam pumping run times.

Profitability requires change, now

Franklin Cueto

The oil and gas industry survived the one-two punch of Covid-19 and an historic downturn. Our future hinges on modernizing what we do.

Extended-life ESP reliably accommodates wide, abrasive production range in remote brownfield

Jorge Luis Villalobos Leon, Carlos Reyes Hill

A mature field in Ecuador posed a range of challenges that threatened its long-term economics. Extended-life ESPs, combined with remote real-time surveillance, were a viable solution to handle gassy, sandy wells with steep production decline, saving $2.5 million in workover costs.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Doing the right thing in Canada and the U.S.

What's new in production

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

Concrete proof

Oil and gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore

China’s new unilateral maritime law impacts all E&P in offshore ASEAN

The ESG perspective

Mark Patton

As this is the introductory column on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) concerns, I would like to first discuss some of what brought us to where we are today. Many will tell you that a book by David Jones, Who Cares Wins, first published in 2011, started the latest drive for responsible investing that progressed into responsible management of corporations.

Executive viewpoint

Edward Cross

Protecting our independence

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

Reality versus la-la-land


Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming