May 2021 ///

Features

Developing pre-rig solutions that are greener, safer and more efficient

Jostein Aleksandersen, Neodrill

There is an increased focus in the oil and gas sector to look further afield to opportunities presented in deepwater locations. Because of this, finding cost-efficient solutions and overcoming the associated challenges that arise below 1,000 ft will be vital for the success of new activity.

Organic Oil Recovery improves productivity of existing reservoirs

Roger Findlay, Organic Oil Recovery

A transitional technology producing excellent results in extracting hard-to-reach oil is attracting the attention of many large operators. Ancient, resident microbes are used to liberate large oil deposits in depleted reservoirs, thanks to science uncovered by studying the humble Australian koala.

Guyana-Suriname basin: Rise from obscurity to super potential

Thomas Cool, Lumay Viloria, Endeavor Management

The challenge now facing operators in this promising region is to transition from an exploration/appraisal mode to best practices for development and production.

Closing the loop: Real-time measurement of oil in water for process facilities

Brian Crum, Occidental Petroleum; Austin Wilcox, Spencer Oulman, NOV

Real-time oil in water monitoring can optimize processes in produced water treatment. A field trial enabled an operator to recover crude and required no capital investment to achieve the improvements.

Unlocking the hidden value of data with a unified digital twin

Shane McArdle, Kongsberg Digital

A comprehensive digital twin system integrates operational and informational data to produce a fully virtualized rendering of a facility’s current situation and predicts how the asset will behave over time.

Geoscience workflow: Tracking multiple scenarios and uncertainties

Marco Piantanida, Clara Andreoletti, Matilde Dalla Rosa, Bruno Volpi, Eni E&P; Philip Neri, Energistics

Managing asset situations throughout the E&P lifecycle, using industry-standard data formats, enables future users to revert back to a critical step, to explore alternate scenarios or revisit critical uncertainties to reduced development efforts.

Setting the stage for clean fracing

Matt Steen, Cold Bore Technology

Digitization of well completions is the first step toward green, sustainable fracing operations.

Special Focus

Controlling sand output while increasing heavy oil production offshore China

Shuquan Xiong, Congda Wei, Donghong Luo, CNOOC China Ltd._Shenzhen; Mojtaba Moradi, Tendeka

The combination of an innovative autonomous inflow control device and gravel pack completions is effectively preventing sand production and controlling water while improving oil recovery rates, compared to analog wells.

Monetizing Permian basin well data to optimize infill completions

Scott Taylor, Geraldine Haas, Sudhendu (Kash) Kashikar, Reveal Energy Services

A Permian basin operator applies a purpose-built completions interpretation platform to successfully develop three infill wells and realize up to 20% cost- savings on future completions designs.

Best practices for successful completion system installation and stimulation in shallow wells

Joel Conrad, Mathew Paredes, Packers Plus Energy Services

A robust set of best practices ensures that each system reaches the planned TD. These best practices are particularly important in shallow wells to maintain safe, efficient operations.

A unique breakthrough in material science

Rutger Evers, Taylor Stein, Michael Fripp, Halliburton Completion Tools

An expanding isolation system provides operators with the next generation of cased-hole and open-hole wellbore isolation completions technology while delivering versatility and superior anchoring.

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Our U.S. forecast continues to look good

What's new in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Race to the bottom

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Just talk among yourselves

Water management

Mark Patton, Hydrozonix

Houston, we have a problem!

Executive viewpoint

Denis Saussus, Ikon Science

The energy transformation begins with digital transformation

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Never a doubt

Resources

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil