Current Issue : May 2022 ///

Special Focus: Well Completion Technology

Using data from drilling to guide completion designs

Kevin Wutherich

Existing but previously unused data obtained during the drilling process can now be used to enhance completion design. The author outlines the available data and discusses how it can be incorporated into the completion design process and ultimately provide economic benefits to an operator.

Exploring annular phase separation phenomena to optimize AICD completion design, to control unwanted effluents

Mojtaba Moradi, Michael Konopczynski

AICDs are the next generation of inflow control technology that autonomously provides a more uniform inflow profile and enhanced production. The FloSure AICD increases oil output over field life and has been deployed successfully in light and heavy oil wells to overcome water or gas breakthrough.

Pressure pumping advancements give operators a competitive edge

Efficiency gains are required to enhance completion performance, to promote maximum hydrocarbon recovery. New pressure pumping advances are helping service companies to be more competitive while improving profits for operators.

Multi-stage Texas geothermal well to debut oilfield completion technologies

Danny Rehg, Sean Marshall, Talgat Shokanov, John Oliver

Smart tracers to map injection flow, promote inter-well communication as prelude to full-field development.

Features

Subsea technology: Achieving a 99% repurpose and recycle rate during decommissioning

Stuart Nelson

Over the past decade, a subsea provider has been growing its decommissioning capabilities across the North Sea. In a project for Repsol Sinopec Resources, it achieved a 99% repurpose/recycle rate.

WBM provides clean solutions, time and money savings in head-to-head tests against NAF

Michael S. Davis, Travis Vordick

A high-performance WBM, with an innovative polymer chemistry, is exceeding operator expectations in reducing operational time and expense, compared to NAF.

Leveraging AI to solve novel challenges

Michael Krause

A domain-centric approach when applying AI technologies is being used to solve issues in challenging wells.

Politicians can’t fix energy problems, but they can darn sure create them

David Blackmon

The year 2022 in Washington, D.C., is no different, where energy is concerned, than any other year, as politicians create new problems on top of old ones.

Two projects in India to feature polymer flooding EOR

Vimal Suhag

Polymer flooding actually dates back to the 1970s and 1980s, but it is enjoying a resurgence of usage, thanks to more recent results in projects.

Columns

Drilling advances: Shiny toys not enough

Jim Redden

Evelyn MacLean, workforce energy task force director of the UK-based International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, says it’s time technology advancements are coupled with a re-examination of the workforce relationship.

First Oil: End of an era for a Russian oil and gas icon

Kurt Abraham

Amidst the crush of energy, financial and wartime news, you might have missed a significant milestone within Russia’s oil and gas industry. On April 21, now-former Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov resigned from that company.

The Last Barrel: What a difference a war makes

Craig Fleming

The dire predictions by executives and consulting firms about the short-term/long-term effects of Covid-19 on the industry were overwhelming. The unrelenting onslaught of “we will never recover” or “nothing will ever be the same” seemed short-sighted.

Executive Viewpoint: Simplified frac-iron system exemplifies efficiency trends

Bryan Wagner

Operators continue to look for field solutions that bring greater efficiencies and cost-savings. With these concerns top of mind, we recently introduced our more streamlined SPM™ Simplified Frac Iron System.

Water Management: The chicken and the egg

Mark Patton

We all agree that the goal is to desalinate produced water to the point it can be reused beneficially, but there are many potential uses, each with its own inherent treatment requirements.

What’s new in exploration: Oil is still a good word

William (Bill) Head

Exploration has been occurring ever since the first family of upright humans asked “what’s over there,” deciding to move to greener ground.

Resources

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming

Despite restricted Russian supply, due to the war in Ukraine, crude prices slipped in April. WTI dropped 6.2% to $101.78/bbl, with Brent trading at $101.78/bbl, down 13.2% compared to March. Despite lower prices, U.S. operators finally started ramping up drilling activity, which is typically the case in a high-price environment.

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