October 2017 | Volume 69, Number 10
Shale EOR Works, But Will It Make a Difference?
The promise of getting 30% more oil production from shale wells has set off a race by companies trying to see if they can replicate what EOG has done. But the big question is: Can it add enough oil to increase the industry’s low average recovery rate?
Adding the Human Touch to Oilfield Apps
One tech company is using a unique approach to building custom apps for the oil and gas business.
Angola: Does Recent Change Mean Economic Development?
Angola’s powerful oil and gas industry has enabled the country’s rapid growth, but an overreliance on those revenues has posed major challenges. Does a recent change of leadership mean a shift in the nation’s economic direction?
Fifty Years of TUDRP
One of the oldest drilling consortia in the world, The University of Tulsa Drilling Research Project, celebrates 50 years and is poised to continue its tradition for another 5 decades.
SPE Honors 2017 International Award Recipients at Annual Meeting
Winners of the 2017 SPE International Awards are announced. Recipients will be recognized during the Annual Reception and Banquet at the SPE ATCE in San Antonio.
Drawing on Collective Engineering Sentiment To Improve Learning Outcomes
Upon reviewing the American Association of Engineering Societies’ (AAES) Engineering Competency Model, the SPE Soft Skills Committee established a task force to map AAES’ model to SPE’s competency models and drive the integration of both.
We Need To Celebrate Our Successes If We Want the Next Generation To Be Part of Our Future
To overcome challenges of perception and attract young people to the talent pool, the oil and gas industry should publicize its technological achievements rather than take them for granted.
Drive for Innovative Technologies Leads Industry to Unconventional Sources
Emerging technologies from medical science and the aerospace industry could have a disruptive impact on oil and gas operations. A panel of scientists looked into these technologies and discussed their potential role in the industry.
Finding Your Next Sweet Spot Using Dirty DNA
Tiny soil samples may contain as many as 300,000 species of microbial life, but a Netherlands-based startup has figured out that between 50 and 200 of them can tell an operator if a drilling location will hold oil and gas reserves.
Tool Enables Complete Cased-Hole Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Saturation Modeling
Schlumberger’s new multifunction spectroscopy system builds on previous innovations to offer the first complete cased-hole formation evaluation and reservoir saturation monitoring capability that provides openhole-equivalent logging measurements.
Researchers Gain Insights Into Microbial Succession in Offshore Wells
A joint industry-academic research initiative is expanding the knowledge of subsurface microbe populations and their interaction with drilling and production operations.
New Study Shows Stanching of Decline in Oil Reserves, Revenue
Despite a decline in oil and gas production and a decrease in revenue from 2015, an Ernst & Young’s study had a cautiously optimistic outlook as the industry adjusts to what it called “the new normal” of a lower, but stable, oil price.
Total Acquires Maersk Oil in $7.5-Billion Deal, Boosts North Sea Presence
Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil includes holdings in the North Sea Johan Sverdrup and Culzean projects. Total will become the second-largest operator in the northwest Europe offshore region. Maersk’s strategy shifts to its transport and logistics division.
Demand for Raw Fracturing Sand Set for Healthy Growth
Driven by a recovery in well completions and increased proppant loading per well, the market for raw fracturing sand is expected to grow by more than 4% annually through 2021, an industry research study says.
Bidding Interest Drops for Gulf of Mexico Leases
Industry interest in US Gulf of Mexico acreage declined in the number of bids and the dollars offered at the latest federal lease sale, compared with the prior sale. But there was still some confidence shown in higher risk prospects.
Global Production-Engineering Adviser, Hess Corporation
New-Frontier Reservoirs II
While enhancing oil production from multizone, hydraulically fractured completions in tight reservoirs is not straightforward, recent studies have shown that applications such as gas injection and waterflooding have the potential to create significant improvement in oil recovery.
Senior Reservoir Engineering Adviser, ADNOC, and Frontender
Senior Adviser, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Sand Management and Sand Control
Production from sand-prone reservoirs is one of the more daunting tasks, with formidable challenges. Sand management and control remain as an old problem but with new challenges because of the suppressed oil and gas prices. Cost-saving and value-adding solutions are vital now more than ever.
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