January 2021 | Volume 73, Number 1
Needles in the Pay Stack: ADNOC Exploring Tight-Oil Rock, Triples Production In First Pilot
With only around 30 installations worldwide, ADNOC’s onshore team has seen enough results from its first “fishbone” stimulation to embark on a 10-well program that will decide a full development scheme.
Artificial Intelligence in the E&P Industry: What Have We Learned So Far and Where to Next?
In the spectrum of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, those adopted to date in the oil and gas industry are task-focused, narrow applications. Taking AI to the next level cannot be done by Silicon Valley alone.
Teasing Meaning Out of a Tangle of Fracturing Data
An investigation of casing damage led Chesapeake Energy and Well Data Labs to identify patterns in the treating pressure data that are useful markers when trouble is likely.
Against the Grain: Three Proppant Delivery Approaches That Buck the Status Quo
A trio of field studies recently presented at the 2020 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition highlights in different ways how emerging technology and old-fashioned problem solving are moving the industry needle on proppant and conductivity control.
Geothermal Well Construction: A Step Change in Oil and Gas Technologies
The cutting-edge technological developments in geothermal are devoted to drilling into deeper, hotter, and harder rock. Oil and gas expertise and know-how holds the key to cost reduction.
How Real-Time Evaluation of Slugging Severity Can Help Maximize Production
Innovative elements of digitalization and automation of workflows provide a new approach for better handling of slugging in subsea developments with long tiebacks, potentially optimizing production and limiting the amount of flaring.
Flow-Induced Vibration Analysis of Topside Piping at High Pressure
A combination of computational-fluid-dynamics and finite-element modeling offers a potentially powerful tool for assessing and diagnosing multiphase-flow-induced vibration problems in hydrocarbon-production piping systems.
GOM Lease Sale Generates $121 Million in High Bids; Shell Offshore Takes Top Spot
Regionwide US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Lease Sale 256 generated $120,868,274 in high bids for 93 tracts in federal waters. The sale on 18 November featured 14,862 unleased blocks covering 121,875 square miles.
Chief, Research and Development, Cenovus Energy
Production Engineering Adviser, China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Integrity (noun): the condition of having no part or element wanting; unbroken state; material wholeness, completeness, entirety. While reviewing the abstracts, I was struck by the huge range of challenges to maintaining “material wholeness” beyond the routine testing of tree and safety valves.
Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Tachyus
Digital Data Acquisition
COVID-19 has significantly accelerated the adoption of digital technologies across all industries, and the oil and gas industry has been no exception. As such, interest in digital data acquisition, which is the backbone of all digital transformation work flows, also has increased significantly.
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