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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.

Innovative approach optimizes the completion cycle

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

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

Energy Workforce & Technology Council elects Board of Directors

The Energy Workforce & Technology Council elected new officers and industry leaders during its Annual Meeting, held in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

EIA reports sharp decline in drilled but uncompleted shale well count

The decline in DUCs in most major U.S. onshore oil-producing regions, especially in the Permian region, reflects more well completions and, at the same time, less new well drilling activity.

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.

Texas drilling permits and completions show mixed performance in August

According to figures released September 3rd by the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s drilling permits issued fell to their lowest level since May, while new drills hit their highest total since March.

NOV Orange Crush frac pump valve offers prolonged life of valve and seat, prevents scheduled maintenance slowdown

NOV’s new Orange Crush frac pump valve gives users the confidence to lengthen vale and seat maintenance intervals, resulting in a positive effect on a business’s bottom line.

Biden’s infrastructure plan to boost Permian shale drillers and local economies

A coalition of energy companies, along with state and local partners, plans to spend $844 million on roads, education, workforce development, housing, broadband and health care in the region, according to the Permian Strategic Partnership, which assembled the group.

Halliburton and Voltagrid team to reduce Chesapeake Energy’s Marcellus shale emissions

The high-performing electric frac solution reduced emissions for Chesapeake by 32% and applied over 25 megawatts of lower-carbon power generation by leveraging Chesapeake’s local field gas network.

‘Live’ DUC count hits 2013 low as the US continues to frac more than it drills

US tight oil operators have for several months been depleting their inventory of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) and, amid a slower drilling response, the number of ‘live’ DUCs in the country’s major oil regions slumped to 2,381 wells in June 2021, the lowest level since 2013, a Rystad Energy analysis reveals.

Halliburton launches low cost, direct fracture monitoring service

Halliburton Company introduced ExpressFiber, a single-use fiber optic cable that offers accurate, direct subsurface measurements, including cross-well communication, at a price point that enables fracture monitoring on every well pad.

Corva and NexTier partner to improve ESG and innovation delivery via remote completions management

By leveraging the combined strengths of their digital oilfield solutions, the partnership provides a single, unified solution to accelerate innovation and optimize every completions operation.

Improving hydraulic fracturing through NETL field laboratory projects

Jared Ciferno, Gary Covatch, NETL; Jordan Ciezobka, Gas Technology Institute

Hydraulic fracturing test sites in the Permian basin and Eagle Ford shale will conduct research to enhance the environment, improve safety and increase production.

Implementation of Hydraulic Completion Units (HCUs) in the Permian basin: A new innovative completion technology

Benjamin Krane, Matthew DeFriend, Heberto Garza, Chevron; Joseph Frantz, Jr., Matt Tourigny, Jared Griffith, Deep Well Services

HCUs have improved the drill-out metrics in high-pressure and extended-lateral wells since entering the Permian in 2019. With increasing well complexity, operators began using this new HCU technology as a safe, viable way to complete Midland and Delaware basin wells.

Reveal Energy Services enhances ORCHID with distributed acoustic sensing interpretation tools

The platform now enables operators to integrate DAS data with offset pressure, microseismic, tracers, logs, and geologic information for a 360-degree interpretation of the physics driving well, pad, and unit development performance.

Enhancing the performance of emulsion-based friction reducers

PETROSTEP® FRB-5 is a surfactant formulation that enhances the performance of emulsion-based friction reducers (FRs) in brines. It enables operators to formulate their fracturing fluids in recycled and produced waters, resulting in lower cost and more sustainable operations.

Halliburton projects ‘multi-year upcycle’ in oilfield services spending

“The positive activity momentum we see in North America and international markets today, combined with our expectations for future customer demand, gives us conviction for an unfolding multi-year upcycle,” CEO Jeff Miller said.

Advanced flowback aid for oil and gas wells - PETROSTEP® ME-2

Stepan Oilfield Solutions’ PETROSTEP ME-2 flowback aid helps operators improve hydrocarbon production by enhancing the clean-up of fluids after stimulation, including polymer damage, problematic emulsions and water blocks, for example.

Seneca Resources, NexTier to develop comprehensive emissions testing for well completions work

This carbon emissions assessment is expected to be the most comprehensive testing of real-time well stimulation operations performed within the industry to date, with independent third-party testing to be performed for each of these technologies during Seneca’s field operations.