December 2020 ///

Special Focus

Passive-magnetic ranging capability for relief wells in salt formations

Serge Roggeband, Koen Noy, Shell Global Solutions International; Joe Burke, John Wright, Wild Well Control

A new triangulation method, using MWD survey data, provides operators a viable ranging and homing option for well control contingency planning.

Light well interventions in a cost-constrained environment

Feyi Okungbowa, Baker Hughes

Vessel-based intervention set to increase as the next new normal sets in

Preventing cascade failures requires well control experience and innovative technologies

John Hatteberg, Bhavesh Ranka, Cudd Well Control

When a pad well blows out, other nearby wells are in danger of blowout, posing a unique risk. Cascade failures require synergistic use of technologies and specialized expertise to properly respond to, and secure, multiple well blowouts.


Advanced, process-based geomechanical modeling reduces risk in layered salt basins

Rajesh Goteti, Aramco Americas

Unique geomechanical modeling technique mitigates geological and drilling-related risk in basins with layered evaporite sequences, which are not amenable to traditional structural analysis methods.

Integrated diagnostics data advance infill development

Zachary Crowley, Mike Davies, Erica Coenen, Reveal Energy Services

Large-scale data accumulation is becoming more common in shale development. However, the industry struggles with a data dilemma. On the one hand, operators know that they have to gather data to learn and improve. On the other hand, the learning and analysis require so much manpower that often the collected data are left unexplored.

Definitive dynamic surveys: A long-awaited engineering innovation

Ross Lowdon, Shadi Altayeb Mussa, Schlumberger

A survey-while-drilling service performs definitive dynamic analysis as the BHA rotates, providing significant rig-time savings compared to conventional static MWD surveys. The ability to see continuous real-time borehole conditions optimizes drilling, reduces risks and eliminates survey-related NPT.

How standardization is driving design innovation

Ryan Bludau, Brett Robinson, Gilmore, a Proserv Company

In a world of lower oil prices, product developers are recognizing that quality and reliability must be backed up by efficient supply chains and serviceability.

The U.S. needs to invest, to improve drilling efficiency and well design

Robert Belanger, Jeremy Brown, Zach Kimball, McKinsey and Company

U.S. shale drillers lead the world—but even so, investing to improve drilling efficiency, well design, and back-office functions can deliver returns that far outweigh the costs.

In the Biden/Harris Presidency, any fracing ban is least of the industry’s worries

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

While the various and constantly evolving Biden/Harris promises to ban hydraulic fracturing—at one level or another—dominated the narrative during the general election campaign, the approach they will choose to take on a range of oil and gas issues, now that they are in a position of power, will come into sharp relief.

ShaleTech: Haynesville-Bossier Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

In a pandemic-bedeviled year in which the entire business universe has been turned on end, it’s altogether fitting that long-troubled gas producers find themselves in what a leading Haynesville shale player describes as the “most bullish” market in more than a decade.

What industry leaders expect for 2021

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

It is an understatement, to say that 2020 is the year that people want to forget—most people were “done’ with this year by about August. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore a year that was filled with so much impact, and which was deadly (Covid-19), tumultuous (oil market and prices) and unpredictable (politics, elections and regulation), often all at the same time. There were unprecedented social and business lockdowns in response to Covid-19 that killed demand. There were record-low oil prices and record-low rig counts that slashed activity. And there were record-high vote totals in the U.S., amid an election that just finally resolved itself on Dec. 14. Against this background, a core group of our editorial advisors has worked to assess the global E&P industry during the last 12 months, and attempted to foresee what may take place in the coming year. Some of the subjects tackled by our advisors include a look at how to boost the global LNG market; continued uncertainty for the UK Continental Shelf; the carbon intensity of reserves, as the next step to net-zero; the role that Norwegian firms are playing in developing technology that will help the industry to prosper; a look at some talented leaders that are impacting the industry in its time of need; the true impact of digital oilfield technology; and a look at an Arctic oil field of the future, which is developing now. We encourage you to read forward for all the details.


Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng, Contributing Editor

Norway facing challenges

What's new in production

Willard C. (Bill) Capdevielle, P.E., Contributing Editor

The challenges of high-performance bolts

Executive viewpoint

Duncan Micklem, Yokogawa

Digital energy management: One certainty in a world of uncertainty

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Hydrogen, a viable alternative

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Déjà vu with a twist


Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil