November 2020 | Volume 72, Number 11
CO2 EOR Could Be Industry’s Key to a Sustainable Future or Its Biggest Missed Opportunity
The challenge is immense, but the promise is, too. If the oil and gas business can scale up CO2 EOR, then it can play a very big role in mitigating climate change while offering carbon-negative fuels.
Data and Digitalization Breakthroughs Create a New Era for Well Construction
Digitalization and automation successes are here to stay. Instead of making small incremental steps in well construction operations, allowing disruptive shifts can lead to tangible performance gains in efficiency, safety, and well integrity.
Inter-Well Relationships Are Messy, But That Can Be a Good Thing
Groups of wells communicate, interfere, and hit each other. It is an unruly scene that can offer benefits. Three stories look at why competing fracture networks can add to the production from rock that might otherwise be missed.
A “DUC Hunt” In Canada Reflects the Engineer’s Will To Evolve
A recent datathon and the team that took home the grand prize help paint a picture of both the industry’s’ digital transformation and how oil and gas engineers are embracing it to navigate uncertain times.
Saltwater Disposal Optimization Drives Water Midstream Sector
Operators of unconventional plays face a conundrum—how to dispose of produced water economically without risking seismicity or aquifer contamination. A recent paper and virtual forum offer ideas for optimizing saltwater disposal.
Closing the Gap in Human Factors: Everybody Has a Role To Play
Competency in human factors is all too often focused on frontline operators, and the importance of human-factors skills among other groups is unappreciated. To be truly effective, human-factors principles have to be implemented throughout an organization.
Clearing the Digital Minefield for Optimized Oilfield Production
The success of any digital oilfield project is predicated on the quality of the data structure, acquisition, communication, validation, storage, retrieval, and provenance of the data.
2020 SPE Membership Salary Survey Offers New Insights
In 2020, several changes were made to increase the usability of the annual SPE Membership Salary Survey. Among the added highlights, the 2020 survey offers new analyses of compensation by engineering title and overall work experience.
High-Resolution Wellbore Tortuosity Logs Improve Completion and Production Equipment Placement
Wellbore tortuosity is a term that has steadily increased in relevance to the oil and gas industry over the past decade, but its importance is especially clear in the current environment.
01 November 2020
Ford Brett, SPE, was recognized with the 2020 American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petro.......Read More
In Memoriam: John Etherington
08 October 2020
John Etherington, a petroleum reserves champion and an SPE Distinguished Member, died 19 September. .......Read More
Shell Explores Plans for North Slope Development
Dutch oil major Shell is looking to further develop its North Slope oil position in Alaska. The company’s offshore unit applied to form the West Harrison Bay Unit offshore from the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska with plans for drilling and exploration.
Badrul Mohamed Jan
Researcher and Lecturer, University of Malaya
Drilling and Completion Fluids
There is a growing interest in using nanocomposites to improve drilling-fluid rheology. In recent years, an additive derived from a sequence of graphene-based materials has been reported. The progress of these graphene derivatives has been used as a paradigm for water-based drilling fluids.
President, DrillScan US
Scott J. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Ryder Scott
Senior Consultant, Dino Engineering
The recurring long-term mitigation of slugging and various flow-assurance phenomena are challenging issues that demand attention and considerable technical effort. The three papers outlined here discuss slightly different issues and approaches to slug-flow phenomena and flow assurance.
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