E&P Magazine - July 2018
Gone are the days where lateral lengths in unconventional wells measured in hundreds of meters (or feet) where considered long. While it is not uncommon to hear of lateral lengths measuring in miles in plays like the Bakken, those lengths are starting to crop up with more frequency in the Permian Basin, Utica and elsewhere.
According Stratas Advisors, the trend to longer laterals and more intensely fractured wells is expected to continue. Lateral lengths are estimated to increase by another 10% in 2018, according to the analysts. Proppant intensity is a good proxy for the level of intensity on the completion, with Stratas estimating proppant intensity also to increase 10% in 2018.
The articles in this month’s cover story feature the technologies, from 3,000-hp rigs to redesigned pressure pumping systems and more, making it possible for operators to get more shale oil and gas in the pipeline by going longer.
As I See It
A special report presented facts, analysis and neutrality on the potential for development of global unconventional resources.
An integrated system enables compliance with new OSHA dust regulations.
A new sliding sleeve fracturing tool addresses limitations of single-point entry systems.
Improvements began with building reliability and performance into pressure pumping systems.
Emerging technologies tackle issues with longer laterals and increased water demand.
An ultrahigh-specification rig with three high-horsepower mud pumps is making long lateral wells a reality in the Permian.
An integrated workflow expands the understanding of depletion and lateral coverage for multiwell pads.
Operators use science to help further tweak their development plans in the Permian Basin.
Program identifies risks in work locations and ensures personnel are trained to safely work in any environment.
Chemical producers promote integrated approach that benefits the life of the well.
Not everything in Mexico’s exploration blocks up for bid will be prospective, but operators are off to a fine start.
With the successful installation of the drilling topsides onto its jacket, a history-making NCS project draws closer to first oil.
Completions and Production
Two new projects emerge as the Canadian government initiates a development plan.
Transparency and competitive fiscal terms encourage foreign investment.
In this special section, E&P highlights some of the latest products and technologies for shale and examines how they will benefit companies in their ongoing search for improved production and more effective operating techniques.
A retrievable inflatable bridge plug was used for thru-tubing intervention in the deepwater GoM.
Breaking down traditional barriers between ESP and production chemical teams is providing better production solutions.
A change in cutter layout on a drillbit improved engagement with formation rock.
Renaissance Oil Corp. got an early foot in the door to develop these potentially giant fields.
The geometry of a PDC cutter customized to rock type delivered an improved ROP.
Two new variations of raised profile cutters deliver impressive results in the Delaware Basin and Stack resource plays.
Integrated technologies allow operators to make informed decisions on well integrity.
Collaboration leads to advances in FPSO technology.
Newbuild orders, contracts and redeployments reflect improved market conditions.
A successful application of engineered flowback services in unconventional wells reduces completion damage and improves performance.
Advancements in expandable liners provide more options.
An RCP/Wintershall venture examines usefulness of multicomponent data.
An Eagle Ford operator reduces completion costs by increasing stage length.
Despite transportation issues, Canada remains a top global producer.
Production intelligence can help optimize oil and gas equipment performance and predict failures.
On The Move
The E&P editors and staff proudly presented the winners of the 2018 Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation at the Offshore Technology Conference in May.