E&P Magazine - November 2010

Digital Solutions

Digital networks offer lifecycle approach for reservoir communication systems

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.

Parallel applications allow scaling beyond the desktop

Scalability and portability are key requirements for a parallel computing environment.


Collaborative thinking leads to innovative intervention system

A new technology provides a cost-effective solution that will close the value/recovery gap between subsea and dry-tree fields.

CSEM performance-tracking improvements provide clearer results

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.

E&P looks at recent advances in drilling automation, control

On land and at sea, automation is changing the way we drill.

EM telemetry transmission technology increases productivity in Western Siberia

Electromagnetic telemetry allows surveys during trips, saving time and cost.

Knowledge management drives performance improvement

Companies can leverage their data-collection activities to improve operating efficiencies.

LWD, wired drillpipe combo raises economic bar in Southern North Sea

Wired pipe enables new insight downhole using harsh-environment LWD tools. Clear images ensure accurate geosteering.

Managing waxy crude production in deep water increases production

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.

MPD technology enables drilling in Pakistan’s Badhra field

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.

Online Only: Colombian digital oil field leads to operator efficiencies, improved output

Online Only: Increasing emphasis on transportation safety, regulatory compliance improves profitability

Managing compliance processes, regulating workflow, and making data-based decisions offer competitive advantages to improve control of insurance and operating costs.

Online Only: Leveraging process models provides seamless workflow

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.

Online Only: Technology reinvents global asset management

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.

Production swells with tubular technology

New workover strategies use expandable technology to increase recovery in the Austin Chalk formation.

Special Report: Iran leaps into South Pars

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.

Strategies improve deepwater recovery

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.

Technology reveals ‘inevitable surprises’ in shale plays

Growing knowledge about US shale plays and other unconventional resources suggests heterogeneity might be a more important factor than previously thought.

Tests provide further development toward an EM streamer

Towed streamers collect EM and seismic data simultaneously.

Tracer technology enhances production

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.

Tech Trends

Tech Watch: Covalently bound selenium has potential for hydraulically fractured wells

New coating could provide environmentally friendly alternative to biocides.

Management Report

Risk-based approach helps companies survive, thrive in a changed climate

A new approach could help oil and gas companies forge a path forward to deal with climate change.