November 2018 ///

Special Focus

Achieving production with efficiency: Keys to profitability

Tom Bass

Improving well pad profitability means increasing output or reducing costs. Wireless networking can help move both needles, enabling operators to reduce their cost basis through efficient facility construction and a scalable architecture.

Innovations in autonomous control gain adoption for wellsite and pipeline chemical injection

Terry Moffat, Kirby Jabusch

New technologies perform decision-making locally to control chemical injection pumps at the wellsite and on pipelines, regardless of whether the pumps are tied to a SCADA system.

Desalting EOR produced water to boost productivity

Ellie Albadvi

Oil companies have the opportunity to cut costs, recycle water, and improve yields using innovative field tested technologies. Water flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR) produced water desalination proved the cost of polymer can be cut by over 50%, while also recycling precious water. The electrodialysis reversal (EDR) technology with novel oil-tolerant ion exchange membranes may prove to be a new frontier in produced water treatment.


Innovative installation technology potentially “punches above its weight class”

Art J. Schroeder, Jr., Collin Gaskill, Scott Draper

The technologies and techniques presented significantly reduce deepwater subsea equipment installation and recovery costs, reduce upfront capital equipment cost and facilitate optimized field development.

Can “too close” be ill-advised in fracture spacing?

Lyle Lehman

Emblematic of the high-voltage development of unconventional resource plays is the growing attraction of beefed-up completions with high-proppant loadings and shorter distances between induced fractures.

Enhanced comprehension of production mechanisms improves Wolfcamp performance by 70%

Efe Ejofodomi, Richa Sethi, Elcin Aktas, Julie Padgett, Bruce Mackay, Andrew Mirakyan, Ben McCrackin, Chris Douglas

Understanding how shale formations produce is challenging, due to variations in mineralogy/lithology and wetting characteristics. Once these mechanisms have been determined, operators can customize a completion strategy to maximize well performance.

Far North runs hot and cold between discoveries and politics

Mike Slaton

Inside the Arctic Circle, oil and gas prospects rise and fall on international politics and global warming, as much as geology and the price of oil.

Water management attitudes, practices still evolving in the U.S.

Kurt Abraham

A survey of upstream professionals shows that, while operators are making progress in addressing water management issues, there is still plenty of work left to be done.

Formation water reduction technology proves successful in the field

Adam K. Harper, John W. Green, Andreina Dewendt, John M. Terracina

Advanced technology allows operators to reduce formation water, while maintaining oil and gas production.

Water treatment programs prevent fouling and corrosion during mill-out operations

Tanhee Galindo

Key process variables that contribute to mill-out fluid fouling, contamination and corrosion can be identified with adequate fluid testing. Case studies, from various Permian basin operators, provided the basis for a methodology to assess mill-out operations, and make process improvements that yield economic benefits.

OMS: Proof of concept to commercialization

Caleb Smathers, Greg Hallahan, John Sabey

Osorb Media Systems (OMS) have been under development and improvement for 13 years, with extensive engineering and commercialization over the last eight years. During that time, many applications were successfully identified and proven via laboratory and field tests.

Is this just another cycle or an opportunity to change?

Ron Ledbetter

The oil and gas industry, over its history, has become a “boom and bust” sector. Should this be acceptable? Do we accept the current downturn as another cycle, or use it as an opportunity to change?

Surface drilling data improve fracture modeling and reservoir simulation, Midland basin

Dusty Daves, David Thomas, Blain Lewis, Nicholas Umholtz, Ahmed Ouenes

Augmenting wireline data with drilling-derived geomechanical logs improves reservoir modeling and quickly identifies potential interference between two wells. The optimized approach enables engineers to correctly estimate NPV for a specific development scenario.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Fickle oil prices return to the market

Energy issues

William J. Pike

New methane emission study to look at marginal wells

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Deciding where to explore

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

“Blood from a stone”

What’s new in production

Don Francis

Counting down the hits

Water management

Mark Patton

“Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting”

Executive viewpoint

Sumant Kawale

Digital transformation: Start small, measure success— repeat as you scale

The last barrel

When green wins, a nation’s industry suffers

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin

FAR Limited (15%)—alongside partners Cairn Energy (operator, 40%), Woodside (35%) and Senegal National Oil Co. (10%)—has submitted its Development and Exploitation Plan for SNE field, offshore Senegal.

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming

Oil futures slumped 12% late in October, after hitting a four-year high earlier in the month.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart

Energean Oil & Gas PLC has appointed Iman Hill as COO.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart

Ashtead Technology has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, in Blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.

New products and services

Michele Cowart

Schlumberger has launched the CemFIT Shield mud-sealing cement system to address the challenges due to fluid communication behind casing.