E&P Magazine - November 2010
From the moment the first drilling data are generated to the time the well is eventually shut in, terabytes of data will have flowed in from the field, and hopefully millions of dollars worth of production.
Scalability and portability are key requirements for a parallel computing environment.
A new technology provides a cost-effective solution that will close the value/recovery gap between subsea and dry-tree fields.
An internal Statoil review of the CSEM performance in exploration shows clear progress with time from early to more recent surveys. The evaluation shows that the results of many of the early surveys are vague or inconclusive, while newer data have a risk impact.
On land and at sea, automation is changing the way we drill.
Electromagnetic telemetry allows surveys during trips, saving time and cost.
Companies can leverage their data-collection activities to improve operating efficiencies.
Wired pipe enables new insight downhole using harsh-environment LWD tools. Clear images ensure accurate geosteering.
The ability to predict with accuracy whether a well will experience flow assurance issues is a valuable asset. Operators that can do it save in two ways.
A new control system enables influxes and losses to be managed while navigating narrow pressure margins and ultimately allows access to a deep, previously unreachable drilling target.
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Managing compliance processes, regulating workflow, and making data-based decisions offer competitive advantages to improve control of insurance and operating costs.
E&P organizations constantly are planning and developing new assets by leveraging existing infrastructure or at greenfield sites. In those development decisions, process design and operating costs have trade-offs and are not always easy to identify. Optimizing the business end-to-end from the design phase to operations by leveraging process models is a best practice that is achievable.
Tying up a company’s capital unnecessarily has never been especially prudent, but at today’s equipment prices, particularly for offshore operations, it is a practice that must be eliminated.
New workover strategies use expandable technology to increase recovery in the Austin Chalk formation.
As Iran undertakes the unilateral development of the largest gas field in the world, observers wait to see if the project will be a success against tremendous odds or mission impossible.
Improving production begins with correctly identifying the issue causing decreased performance and designing appropriate treatments to increases production and extend the life of the well.
Growing knowledge about US shale plays and other unconventional resources suggests heterogeneity might be a more important factor than previously thought.
Towed streamers collect EM and seismic data simultaneously.
Oilfield tracers have been used for many years. But there is a renaissance in the tracer business that should provide valuable insight to guide today’s completion and production decision-making.
New coating could provide environmentally friendly alternative to biocides.