E&P Magazine - August 2020
In the August issue, the cover story focuses on production best practices. Shutting in an oil and gas well is routine, as is restarting it. What is anything but routine is leaving the well shut in for a prolonged period while grappling with a pandemic-fueled global economic recession that clobbers both market price and demand with no end in sight. But what is known right now are the best practices the industry can employ during this time to prepare wells for the upcoming recovery.
- The World View highlights an interview with ConocoPhillips CTO Greg Leveille, who explains why now is the best time to ramp up new technology efforts.
- Our Executive Q&A dives into a conversation with Lem Smith, API's new VP of upstream policy, about the association's role in today’s challenging energy sector.
- The Regional Report focuses on Europe. Has the pandemic battered Europe’s upstream sector? As operators scale back production and spending, exploration and appraisal drilling activity in the region has taken a massive hit.
- This month's features cover geomechanics, MWD/LWD, diverters, artificial lift, and mooring and riser technologies.
With this August edition, you may notice a few changes in the “look and feel” of our design—different grids, more graphics and more “plus” signs. These are precursors to even BIGGER changes next month. Starting in September, the new E&P Plus will deliver the exploration- and operations-oriented content you expect, plus much more affecting the work of technical, engineering and operations professionals.
Maintenance of shut-in oil and gas wells will mean a lot when they restart.
Lem Smith, who was named as vice president of upstream policy for API in May, discusses the oil and gas association’s role amid the current energy climate.
New advances and approaches are driving new benefits.
New materials and data tools are delivering solutions for new challenges across every segment of the industry.
E&P Completions: Improving Diverter Effectiveness through Lateral Characterization and Near-Wellbore Modeling
Adapting diverter designs on a stage-by-stage basis to account for variations in rock properties can vastly improve diversion effectiveness.
Standoff enhanced Stoneley measurements are applied for continuous permeability using LWD azimuthal acoustic data.
A better understanding of earth stresses resulted in a dramatic reduction in wellbore instability-related drilling events and NPT for the operator.
A computational approach to well trajectory planning promises significant time savings for determining an optimal well that also satisfies drilling constraints.
Marine technology is advancing rapidly to improve simulations, monitoring, weather forecasting, inspections and digitalization needed for safer mooring systems.
High-density datalogs helped an operator determine the root cause of tubing buckling and improved production equipment placement.
Powered by surface pumps, a new pump design harnesses the momentum of one fluid to move another fluid.
Researchers confirm the importance of the physicochemical properties of crude oil in determining the effectiveness of smart water to improve oil recovery.
Check out the latest oil and gas drilling activity highlights from around the world featured in the August issue of E&P including Equinor’s discovery of a potentially large oil reservoir offshore Canada’s Flemish Pass plus an Alaska wildcat on the North Slope reported by 88 Energy.