Optimizing completion design in anisotropic shale reservoirs using a new generation of LWD azimuthal technologies
Generating the best frac design, while avoiding costly completion programs and reducing uncertainties on fracture placement, can be achieved using spectral gamma ray and azimuthal sonic LWD technologies.
Efforts to build the intelligent oil field have been underway for more than a decade. Advances have been made on a number of fronts, driven by real needs, perceived future needs and notable failures. No driver has been more visible than the Macondo incident.
As activity accelerates, regulatory compliance in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico touches more and more of the supply chain. Increased emphasis is being placed on the certification of new technologies not deployed previously in the region.
Despite a variety of interfering factors, U.S. activity remains at a high level, aided by the industry’s technical and efficiency gains. Canada continues to slowly rebound on the strength of oil activity, while Mexico remains at a lower level.
After thorough up-front planning, Suncor and Weatherford conducted a successful MPD operation in a SAGD well. A total of 2,350 ft was safely drilled for the re-entry production section.
Identification of potential pre-salt basins and improved deepwater technologies leads to targeted licensing rounds, as several countries strive to participate and boost activity in these frontier plays.
The South Texas fairway of the Eagle Ford/Pearsall shale has taken on the feel of a more than 400-mi-long trade mart this year, as new players shell out top dollar to gain a share of what are among the highest recovery rates in the unconventional sector, and a play with plenty of room to grow.
One of the most efficient drillers in the Eagle Ford has turned its attention lately toward capitalizing on its diverse technical toolkit, to both increase and sustain production rates.
A newly developed, 11¾-in., expandable liner hanger packer (ELHP) system made it possible to overcome the challenges of drilling Saudi Aramco’s first deepwater well, a rank wildcat in the Red Sea.
Leasing, exploration and drilling activity in the world’s leading offshore basin has surpassed pre-Macondo levels.
A proper, timely assessment of a reservoir can make a substantial difference in a field development’s economic life.
A drilling team applies new technologies, such as a walking rig, rotary steerable system and performance benchmarking, to achieve a three-fold reduction in drilling times.
Reduced drilling costs, combined with a smaller environmental footprint, have driven the burgeoning growth of multi-well pads.
Fault reactivation is a significant deepwater hazard offshore Brazil.