June 2017 | Volume 69, Number 6
Major Alaskan Discoveries Promote Great Expectations
Three major finds have shattered assumptions about what is possible in the most explored parts of Alaska’s North Slope.
01 June 2017 |
SPE: Weathering the Downturn
When oil prices began to fall rapidly in the last half of 2014, the impact was quickly felt in all of SPE’s programs. Our magazines were affected first by a reduction in advertising as companies reduced their marketing budgets.
With New Rig Software, Automated Drilling is Easier To Embrace
A new process system compatible with all types of drilling rigs is opening the door to wider adoption of drilling automation in North America’s shale sector.
Can Austin Chalk Expansion Lead to Revival?
There is increasing interest in drilling the Austin Chalk formation, with hopes that the latest unconventional development methods can deliver a boom in a play that has seen several over a 90-year history.
Getting More From Fracturing With Diversion
Significant production gains are being made with hydraulicly fractured wells using diversion to stimulate a higher percentage of the perforations.
Permian, Bakken Operators Face Produced Water Challenges
As oil prices recover from the low point of the downturn, operators in the Permian and the Bakken are tackling water management issues.
Management: Chemical EOR—A Multidisciplinary Effort To Maximize Value
The implementation of chemical EOR has proven successful but the method faces significant technical and financial challenges.
Real-Time, Single-Run CT System Provides Selective Perforating and Activation
A coiled-tubing selective perforating and activation system that transmits critical downhole data and measurements in real time is enabling well interventions that previously could not have been executed.
Birol Dindoruk Elected to National Academy of Engineering
01 June 2017
Birol Dindoruk, SPE, principal technical expert and team leader at Shell International Exploration a.......Read More
01 June 2017
Jim Wicklund, SPE, managing director at Credit Suisse, was appointed to the board of directors of th.......Read More
With New Advance, Natural Gas Filtering Technology Moves Closer to Commercial Reality
A new material under development is highly effective at sieving carbon dioxide from natural gas streams and is also cheap and easy to make, according to researchers.
US Gulf of Mexico Hits Record Production
New figures show that the facilities working in the Gulf of Mexico achieved higher crude output in 2016 than at any other period.
Foamer Developed To Help Corrosion, Scale Inhibition
A look at the challenges in creating a foamer with corrosion and scale inhibition properties for application in wet-gas production.
University Consortium Prepares for Spike in Decommissioning
A new university-led consortium aims to bring together industry and academia to help operators efficiently orchestrate the final days of deepwater developments.
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.
Technology Fellow, Halliburton
EOR Deployment Lead, Shell
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Climate Change and SPE
Last year, SPE created a task force to study the topic of climate change and to determine if a public position statement should be created. After a year-long review, it recommended that we not develop a statement on climate change, which was accepted by the SPE Board of Directors in March.
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