E&P Magazine - April 2013
As I See It
Deepwater represents the future for the offshore sector – a fact that has been known for a decade or more. Every step taken further into the deep reveals new challenges and increased risks, but the majors leading the way appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet.
As exploration and drilling activities go deeper, the need for dependable and efficient thermal insulation is becoming paramount for deepwater and ultra-deepwater developments.
Stringent deepwater requirements mean that line-pipe manufacturers must not only produce small-diameter, thick-walled pipe that can cope with demanding design requirements but do so in a commercially viable production environment.
Honoree, speakers, and topic combine to give a kick to the 2013 GSH Spring Symposium.
A panel of experts at the DUG Permian conference tackled the technology needed to advance drilling and completion efforts.
Completions and Production
A risk management group invites the industry to work on a standard for pipelines in extremely deep water.
With offshore markets experiencing the biggest wave of newbuild rig orders in more than 20 years, it also increasingly means the end of the line for a growing number of ‘legacy’ rigs.
Demand for domestic drilling services drives need for smarter fleet management.
Subtle heterogeneities in unconventional plays require the use of rigorous processing, imaging, inversion, interpretation, and reservoir modeling.
An expert panel of judges has selected the top 10 industry projects that open new and better avenues to the complicated process of finding and producing hydrocarbons around the world.
Energized solutions in hydraulic fracturing can help operators save water and see performance improvements.
Tight formations and HP/HT are just two of the many challenges that ultra-deepwater producers will face in the future that will require collaboration to solve.
Major deepwater oil discoveries attract operators to the region once again, with a renewed focus placed on the increased use of technology as plays become deeper and more challenging.
Oil production in 2013 will start to catch up to exploration successes in the ultra-deepwater presalt off the coast of Brazil.
With the UK offshore sector set for a period of record investment, one of the country’s leading oil industry figures says optimism remains strong for the industry going forward, both in its home waters and abroad.
Proper analysis of petroleum systems aids in finding oil and gas and avoiding drilling hazards.
The country’s independence could result in a host of issues facing the offshore oil and gas industry.
Advanced formation evaluation measurements lead to improved understanding of mineralogy and fluid composition in carbonate reservoirs.
Flow-assurance designs depend on high-quality PVT data. New sensor technologies improve the understanding of the hydrocarbon PVT properties.
A new LWD formation tester allowed an operator in Gabon to move its entire formation evaluation program to an LWD platform, reducing rig time and improving hole placement.
The technical and logistical challenges facing the marine construction business are mounting by the day, but they have the potential to drive significant change in the capabilities of the equipment available in the market.
Shale operators have a new onsite tool in their water management toolbox that uses vibration membrane technology to recycle wastewater.
An emerging fleet of new and capable players is challenging the status quo.
Using less water in SAGD operations benefits the environment – and the bottom line.
Operators are finding solutions to their water management challenges in US shale plays.
Risk- and scenario-based design concept projects will progress best through cooperative efforts.
Acquiring seismic data with an eye toward geology and combining it with nonseismic measurements brings new understanding to frontier areas.
Operators in the Colorado Niobrara find success, with the state seeing the effect in higher oil production numbers for 2012.
The key to providing a solution for land-based unconventional drilling operations is a system that meets the needs of the customer from a measurement and reliability standpoint and also has a very low cost of ownership.
Wireless high-speed networks move with oilfield equipment to enable communication and connections regardless of the location or terrain.
On The Move
Technology’s self-healing properties react with hydrocarbon flow to reestablish well integrity.