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real-time geosteering improves heavy oil reservoir exposure
and reduces drilling costs. In situ development of
heavy oil requires certain technologies to optimize well or
SAGD well-pair placement within the reservoir. Authors from
Halliburton describe specialized technologies, developed to
interpret real-time MWD logging data to steer the well as close
to the bottom of the reservoir as possible, while optimizing
vertical and lateral spacing, thus maximizing the recoverable
reserves. The enabling downhole technologies and the interpretation
and visualization software aided in improving reserves, reducing
drilling time and lowering the cost per well.
steerable systems: Case studies in the Canadian foothills. The
Canadian foothills are a challenging drilling environment with
deep wells in hard, abrasive formations. Casing wear, especially
in the upper sections, is a real concern. It is highly beneficial
to keep the well straight to avoid “hot spots” in
these highly dipping formations, avoiding even slight doglegs,
which can occur in both directional and vertical sections,.
Authors from Suncor Energy and Schlumberger describe the use
of RSS in different drilling applications and the procedures
that have been developed in Western Canada. Case studies illustrate
the benefits now being realized.
dynamic finite element analysis calculation engine has
been developed and is being used to solve specialized well
intervention problems. Authors from NOV/CTES, Cudd Pressure
Control and BP describe how it has been used to solve the
buckling behavior of pipe being snubbed through a packer,
and wireline being run from a boat to a subsea well to perform
situ heavy oil combustion: They do it in Canada’s tar
sands, so why not in India? At Balol and Santhal
heavy oil fields in the Cambay Basin, India, ONGC implemented
in situ combustion as an EOR method after artificial lift
caused high production of water rather than oil. The thermal
EOR process seeks to reduce viscosity by heating the oil
in the reservoir. The technique involves ignition in the
well and injection of air to sustain a flame front that travels
from the injection well to production wells.
methane production. Recent
studies have shown that viable methanogenic microorganisms are
still present in a number of unconventional biogenic gas reservoirs.
This suggests the potential for the production of new methane from
existing coal/shale/oil deposits in real time, resulting in a renewable
source of natural gas. This article will summarize the fundamental
process of biogenic methane production, and elaborate on the types
of non-organic nutrients that are potentially needed to stimulate
in situ methane production. In this case, conventional reservoir
treatments such as fracing, steam flooding, acid treatments and
the use of surfactants could be beneficial.
E&P performance management with ubiquitous, right-time
Authors from Microsoft explore more powerful, visual
and people-centric business-intelligence platforms that bring
higher profits and safer operations in oil and gas. It covers
the three primary “waves” of
business intelligence in the oil and gas industry to help illustrate
data analysis evolution. The article also explores business-intelligence
system design considerations as E&P companies seek to deploy
portal adds significant value to E&P’s project delivery capabilities. An E&P
project is a complex engineering effort involving hundreds of engineers
from different organizations working together to design, construct
and commission an asset. Efficient project management requires
engineering information be made available to all key stakeholders
seamlessly in a way that enables them to work collectively as one
integrated organization. Authors from Infosys and BP discuss issues
with respect to sharing and viewing project engineering information
in an E&P project life cycle, and suggest typical requirements
from a portal solution and outline benefits.
flow assurance fails: Remediating hydrate plugs in dry-tree
wells. Hydrate plugs were formed above the mudline in three
dry-tree oil wells in the GOM. After several unsuccessful attempts
to melt the hydrate, hot oil injection into the tubing-casing
annulus was considered. Transient simulations were performed
to establish injection parameters and to evaluate well-integrity
issues and possible asphaltene or paraffin precipitation. Three
hydrate plugs were melted. Improvements are discussed for future
a 90-km tieback to shore. Egypt’s first deepwater development
was in the Mediterranean Sea in West Delta Deep Marine concession,
an area with no deepwater developments and with little associated
infrastructure. The pioneering development included a 90-km tieback
to shore, one of the longest of the time. Authors from Intec
Engineering describe the project, where they used known technologies,
a simple integrated design and limited the fit-for-purpose equipment.
utility in 4D processing. It took a long time to
convince geophysicists that difference volumes from repeat
seismic surveys were susceptible to slight differences in
everything: position, wave height, tides, equipment, shooting
parameters, and so on. Shell recently discovered even more
subtle differences that, when accounted for in time-shift
processing, can result in much clearer difference volumes
for better interpretation.
advancements in drillbit technology. This report on new bit technology describes
what direction the bit manufacturers are heading. Is the idea
of renting rather than owning bits acceptable? What is the
future of steel-tooth bits? Keeping the bit on bottom, engaged,
not slipping or allowing the drillstring to “wind up” are
the challenges for today’s bit designers to allow them
to run faster, drill deeper and last longer. Specific examples
from major bit manufacturers illustrate the points.
steerable technology makes strides. Authors from the Rocky
Mountain Oilfield Testing Center, operated by the Department
of Energy at Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3, note that RMOTC
is playing an important role in RSS technology development
with its real-world testing environment. Over the past several
years, RMOTC has seen an upsurge in RSS testing. Several companies
have returned multiple times to continue developing their technologies.
Meanwhile, several other RSS testing partnerships are pending.
ANNUAL WORLD OIL AWARDS
special bound-in supplement that describes
the winners of this year�s awards in 11
Innovative Thinkers Award
individual or group of individuals who
have demonstrated thought leadership in
the upstream petroleum sector.
Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainable
Recognizes a leading
operating company for its significant strides
in protecting and enhancing the environment
and communities where it operates.
Outreach Program Award
Recognizes the program
that does the best job of teaching the
general community about the petroleum industry.
Exploration Technology Award
Given to the
best acquisition technology (including
seismic and �pathfinder� technology,
geochemistry and remote-sensing technology), or algorithm/processing technology
introduced during the year.
Drilling Technology Award
or offshore, this award will go to the
drilling innovation that had a significant
impact on the industry.
Completion Technology Award
the leading solution that provided a significant
impact on the industry�s
Whether for drilling or completions,
this new award category will recognize
a fluid with significant impact that was
commercially introduced to the market during
Production Technology Award
a newly introduced program or solution
utilized during the year that allowed an
operator to effectively manage and maximize
Data Management Solution Award
a data management solution that provided
tangible results for an operator or service
Data Application/Visualization Solution
Data visualization, storage and manipulation
could be the next breakthroughs in achieving
development, production and reservoir operational
efficiencies. This award will recognize
the solution that shows the greatest promise.
New Horizons Idea Award
The winner of this
award will be a start-up company, new product
or a compelling idea that redefines the
Best Fluids Award
This award category will recognize an innovative fluid (drilling or completion)
or a fluid-related mechanism or process, which was commercially introduced within
the last year that helped drill or complete an oil/gas well.
The November 2007 issue closes for advertising
on October 1, 2007.
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