June 2015 | Volume 67, Number 6
Automated Drilling Technologies Showing Promise
For the past several years, automated drilling has promised to deliver major improvements in drilling performance. But the technology is facing new obstacles that might affect its progress and commercialization.
Strengthening the Brand Identity of SPE’s Meetings and Events
“The most powerful brands are created and maintained by delivering distinctive and consistent experiences to the market.”
Keeping Reservoir Stewardship on Course
The French term, déjà vu, which means literally “already seen,” is the feeling that you have previously experienced something you are currently experiencing.
Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, CTO, Saudi Aramco
The development and implementation of a globally competitive technology is very important to Saudi Aramco.
Upbeat Natural Gas Producers Show Value of Low Expectations
The price declines for oil and natural gas are equally brutal, with roughly a 50% decline for both fuels.
Inventor Seeking Oil Industry Customers in Search of New Frontiers of Stickiness
Bitumen is so viscous that the ultraheavy crude oil is often compared to peanut butter.
Better Survey Management Makes Wells Safer and More Productive
Do you know where your wellbore is? The question is not rhetorical, but one the SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section (WPTS) strives to ensure that well operators can answer with high accuracy.
Software That Learns To Predict Trouble in Machines
Veros Systems is selling simplicity. The electric machine monitoring company promises accurate warnings of problems long before they occur, with a minimum of monitoring equipment to install.
Mining Daily Driller’s Reports Looking for Telling Patterns
There is a lot of information buried in drilling reports written every day, but little of it appears in computer databases.
SPE Publishes Technical Report on Worst-Case Discharges
In March, the SPE Board of Directors approved the publication of a technical report on the calculation of worst-case discharges (WCDs).
Offshore Europe To Address Next Generation of Talent, People-Related Challenges
The biennial SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition will take place in Aberdeen under the theme, “How to Inspire the Next Generation,” to attract talent into the industry.
Turning Weakness Into Strength: Hydraulic Pipe-Recovery System
Stuck pipe has traditionally been a challenge for the oil and gas industry; in recent years, operators have become even more determined to reduce the effect of stuck-pipe issues.
Maximize Recovery by Minimizing Production Delays and Shut-ins
The greatest challenge facing the oil and gas industry, particularly in this low-price environment, is to increase recovery rates.
Dissolvable Plug and Perf System Eliminates Mill-Outs in Multistage Stimulations
Of all the technologies that have propelled the unconventional boom in the United States over the past 15 years, plug and perf (P&P) remains the No. 1 method for stimulating multistage wells
Nathan G. Clark
01 June 2015
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Regulatory Compliance Just One Reason for Groundwater Sampling
The US Department of the Interior encourages the practice of baseline groundwater sampling before drilling, according to its recently released hydraulic fracturing regulations.
Wastewater Recovery a Common Challenge for Aerospace and Oil Industries
While wastewater reuse is an option for oil and gas operations, it is an imperative for space travel.
Argentina Expands Research on Shale and Mature Fields
Although Argentina is home to what is probably the largest shale formation in South America, the country remains a net importer of oil and gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
A New Map for Composite Design and Testing
Researchers at Rice University in Houston are hoping their new theory on composite properties may help the oil and gas industry reduce the time it takes to develop and test new materials.
Senior Adviser, Hess Corporation
This year’s papers provide examples of efficiencies that have been brought about in coiled-tubing operations. The papers demonstrate how problem-solving techniques have been applied to improve such aspects as on-site processes, fit-for-purpose equipment, and more-effective treatment placement.
Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco
Tight formations are candidates for hydraulic fracturing as the default. However, the solubility of carbonate by various chemicals provides opportunities to extend the well drainage radius effectively without the intensive equipment, material, and infrastructure demand of hydraulic fracturing.
EOR Deployment Lead, Shell
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ON THE COVER
Helge Hove Haldorsen
2015 SPE President
Royal Dutch Shell
01 Jun 2015
Royal Dutch Shell has offered to acquire BG Group for approximately USD 70 billion in a deal made up ...
01 Jun 2015
Hercules Offshore has signed a 5-year contract with a subsidiary of Eni for the use of its Hercules ...
01 Jun 2015
Harkand has secured a USD 5 million contract from Swiber Offshore Mexico to perform saturation divin ...
Amec Foster Wheeler
01 Jun 2015
Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by BP worth more than USD 73 million. The company wi ...
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