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California’s Monterey county loses bid to restart oil drilling ban

A coastal California county’s attempt to curb new oil and gas development suffered another blow when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down a ban on new wells and hydraulic fracturing.

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company and AccessESP successfully complete GoRigless ESP pilot project

The GoRigless ESP System is a proprietary through-tubing deployment and slickline-retrieval technology for AccessESP high-performance permanent magnet motors and industry-standard ESP pumps.

Halliburton And VoltaGrid enter multi-year contract with Aethon Energy for electric fracturing solution

Halliburton Company and VoltaGrid LLC have entered into a multi-year contract with Aethon Energy to deploy an advanced, all-electric fracturing solution in the Haynesville Shale.

Electric fracturing is catching on, but environmentalists are not impressed

Low-carbon hydraulic fracturing is gaining traction across the U.S. But since it still extracts the very oil and gas that fossil-fuel critics want the world to stop consuming altogether, not everyone’s convinced.

Schlumberger and AVEVA to advance digital solutions for oil and gas production operations

Schlumberger and AVEVA announced an agreement to integrate edge, AI and cloud digital solutions to help operators optimize oil and gas production.

Mid-Year Forecast: International operators make their way forward carefully

Cameron Wallace, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Although global oil and gas demand has recovered much of the ground lost last year, there are plenty of question marks left in the market for operators to navigate, including ESG and renewables challenges.

Mid-Year Forecast: U.S. to see uptick as crude prices climb, demand recovers

Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Despite analysts’ dire predictions about Covid-19’s short-term/long-term effects on the industry, demand and oil prices recovered significantly in second-and-third-quarter 2021. Even with consistently higher oil prices, U.S. operators showed uncharacteristic restraint, focusing on debt reduction and shrinking the DUC backlog rather than new drilling.

Innovative approach optimizes the completion cycle

Frederico Carvalho, Varun Pai, Superior Energy Completion Services

A service company deployed new concepts and improved completion technologies to deliver an innovative operational process improvement, devising a one-trip solution that saved days/weeks off the work schedule, for subsea well stimulation in the Santos basin, offshore Brazil.

SnubWell: Advancing the completions market bit by byte

Jarodd Hargis, Kevin Hollerich, Deep Well Services

In 2019, Deep Well Services launched their greenfield SnubWell program, marking an industry-first data acquisition system custom-tailored to Hydraulic Completion Unit operations.

Unconventional fracturing: Implications of particle transport through the casing

Phil Snider, GEODynamics

GEODynamics and operators surface-tested typical unconventional fracturing configurations and determined that particle transport and fluid velocities impact proppant placement.

Decarbonizing with digital: Improving drilling and well construction performance, sustainably

Davy McCullough, Schlumberger

Industry mandates for more sustainable operations and higher performance are reshaping drilling/well construction. For years, digital innovation has been important for improving efficiency and enabling returns-focused performance. Today, digital is equally important in reducing CO2 emissions to mitigate climate change.

Keeping connected

Mark Watson, Packers Plus Energy Services; Zillur Rahim, Rahim Petroleum

Six remedies to prevent casing deformation and maintain wellbore integrity for a successful completion.

Operators: Are your partners taking digital transformation beyond the drill bit?

Drew Doty, Eric Sawyer, Patricia Zarate, Nabors Industries

Streamlining day-to-day operations, using purpose-built apps, is enabling improvements for operations, maintenance and worker safety.

Stage-level flow assurance helps refine Permian field development strategy

Deanna Callahan, Tall City Exploration III LLC; Talgat Shokanov, John Oliver, Quantum Pro, Inc.

Nanoparticle tracers provide affordable solution for sweet spot identification, frac hit avoidance and well spacing understanding.

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.

Understanding collapse resistance of casing strings with different cementing configurations

Raffaello Zambetti, Simone Malesani, Paolo Novelli, Tenaris; Luca Paolo Bianchini, Fabio Parrozza, Valentina Gibilterra, Loredana Orlando, Ivan Codognotto, Eni

The limited knowledge of impact of salt-induced loads on structural integrity often leads to overly conservative well design. To gain insight into these phenomena, engineers conducted a series of full-scale tests to fully understand collapse resistance.

Hung up on installation issues?

Jay Geist, Packers Plus Energy Services

Continuous innovation in liner hanger development assists operators in overcoming liner installation and hanger integrity challenges.

NOV delivers record-breaking coiled tubing string

NOV recently delivered the world’s longest and heaviest coiled tubing work string, which comprised 7.57 miles of continuously milled carbon steel tubing.

Static gel strength testing of cement slurries in today’s world

Rob MacLeod, Jeff Moon, AMETEK Chandler Engineering

Gel Strength Development is critical in the evaluation of completion cement slurry design. This article explores the evolution of both the Mechanical and Acoustic laboratory test methods for gel strength testing.

Halliburton launches real-time wireless depth correlation system

Halliburton introduced the DynaTrac Real-Time Wireless Depth Correlation System, a new technology that reduces uncertainty and saves rig-time by enabling operators to accurately position packers, perforating guns and the bottom-hole assembly without running wireline or moving the work string.