E&P Magazine - November 2015
Prolonging the Profitability of Mature Fields
As I See It
After a year spent largely hearing about cost-cutting, it is heart-warming to get back to learning about some emerging upstream technologies and to hear about fresh investment in innovation.
Tool can be used in mature and producing fields for findingbypassed hydrocarbons and increasing production.
Gas, fluid and oil saturations can be profiled to monitor reservoirs and find bypassed pay.
Collaboration must begin soon to realize the full value of the UKCS.
Expandable liner system offers economical solution to maintain or increase production rates in existing assets.
A new approach seeks to prolong the profitability of mature assets.
Fortune tellers may have been right all these years by using coffee grounds to predict the future. And Shell’s Chukchi Sea well brings up the ghost of Mukluk.
Completions and Production
Geothermal energy and ocean currents could keep well sites operating autonomously.
Powerful mobile workstations are set to unchain geophysicists from their desks.
Digital technologies will continue to be the key to unlocking data’s full potential.
The Athabasca oil sands have gone from being a curiosity to one of the largest oil accumulations in the world.
The Caspian region is overcoming immense challenges to prove itself as an oil and gas giant.
Advances in materials science and nanotechnology deliver new composite material with unique chemical and mechanical properties.
Greater proppant loading in slickwater treatments boosts production.
Another positive step forward is made in the use of CT for annular fracturing.
London court ruled against ‘repair’ rate for maintenance during periods when the rig could not be used as result of the contractor’s breach of contract.
The increasing complexity of subsea designs spurs innovation in the design and construction of subsea cables.
Hope is something we should never lose when going through tough times. But the global upstream industry cannot afford to rely on optimism alone as it strives to survive in today’s ‘lower-for-longer’ oil price environment.
The consequences of BOP failure at 20,000 psi and 320 C (608 F) in ultradeep water are driving operators and manufacturers to meet new, more stringent regulations.
Drilling and completions efficiencies combined with a burgeoning demand for natural gas are helping to keep this play going strong.
Aggressively using automation technologies is the key to success in the new price environment.
A modular perforating deployment system from the cable head to the detonator meets the demanding task of perforating horizontal wells in unconventional plays.
Full-field integrated modeling offers a holistic view of subsea processing system interdependencies and behaviors.
New technologies and methodologies are key to the successful revitalization of mature shale wells.
While challenging, the presalt plays offshore Brazil are slowly revealing their riches.
Two operators in British Columbia implemented a semiautomated pipehandling system on rigs in an area where temperatures can drop as low as -30 C.
New structured fracturing fluid delivery system brings order to a cluttered work environment.
Advances in acquisition and imaging are helping to fight Big Brother.
Distributed power and control technology improves rig mobilization, safety and operational efficiencies.