March 2017 | Volume 69, Number 3
Seeking Big Oil Production Gains By Fracturing With Microproppant
Early testing suggests that grains of proppant so small they need to be measured in microns can add production by slowing the notoriously rapid declines in unconventional wells.
Lower for Longer: Lean Forever
The 1996 book, Lean Thinking, introduced lean to mainstream business. Since then, lean has propelled operational excellence in construction, software development, healthcare, financial services, state government, and more.
New Oil and Gas Institute Seeks To Boost Knowledge and Production in the Permian Basin
Through data gathering, machine learning, and the use of a supercomputer, a non-profit organization in Texas is seeking to boost oil and gas production on land owned by the states’ two largest university systems.
Getting a Better Look at Propped Fractures
Carbo Ceramics is making big strides in the use of ceramic proppant.
Initial Impressions of Wells May Be Misleading
A new study questions whether the most widely reported production data is the best indicator of future output.
Saudis Find Proppant Source in Their Own Back Yard
Although Saudi Arabia has plenty of sand, it took some ingenuity by Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger to figure out how to use it effectively as proppant.
Think-Tank Founder and Author Gives Morale Booster to Fracturing Conference Attendees
In the keynote speech at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein explained the moral case for fossil fuels.
Electrokinetic Deposition of Asphaltenes Studied Under Dynamic Conditions
Asphaltenes represent the heaviest fraction of crude oil, which are known to precipitate when the crude is added to aliphatic solvents such as n-pentane or n-heptane and yet remain soluble in light aromatic solvents such as benzene or toluene.
01 March 2017
Rex Tillerson, SPE, was appointed US Secretary of State and took the oath of office on 1 February. H.......Read More
01 March 2017
Terri King, SPE, has joined the board of directors at Oil & Gas UK, a trade association. King is.......Read More
01 March 2017
The book Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Exploitation and Development received the 2017 PROSE .......Read More
In Memoriam: Lawrence Buck Curtis
23 February 2017
Lawrence Buck Curtis, SPE, died 25 January. He was the SPE president in 1971 and a trustee of the SP.......Read More
Renewable Energy Tech Is Now Priced To Reduce Upstream Spending
Renewable energy is often framed as being at odds with the oil and gas industry, but new price developments in the wind and solar sectors may be changing this paradigm, according to one US energy expert.
Halliburton’s Chief Data Scientist Speaks on Analytics Projects That Are Solving Big Problems
The oil and gas industry has a lot to gain from the adoption of big data analytics as recently highlighted examples from major service company Halliburton demonstrate.
Fossil Fuels’ Importance To Rise Under New US Administration
Fossil fuels will probably be at the forefront of energy and environmental policy under the new Trump Administration, says Charles D. McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, at a talk hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston.
Senior Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco
Drilling and Completions Engineering Manager, Eni
Industry trends in production monitoring and surveillance continue to demonstrate significant input from the academic and research fields, practical applications, and new-technology introduction. Market conditions similar to those of the previous year are driving some of the same discussions.
Professor, University of Alberta
Mark S. Egan
Advancement of the integration of seismic with other oilfield disciplines has been fueled by two factors. First, advances in seismic technologies naturally led to more-powerful integration. Second, developments in seismic were motivated in direct response to the needs of interpreters and engineers.
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