September 2019 | Volume 71, Number 9
Drilling Change Requires Changing Drillers
Drilling change requires training drillers. Leadership matters, as does motivation, engaging displays, and understanding office politics. Four different looks at the human side of drilling productivity improvement.
Technology Deployment: How to Get it Done and Maximize Outcomes
Technology is an enabler. But why do some technologies get deployed while other seemingly superior technologies struggle to get traction?
To “Right Size” Fractures, Producers Adopt Robust Monitoring and Custom Completions
If you can see it, then maybe you can control it. This sums up the latest quest that the unconventional engineering community embarked upon to get a better understanding of proper well spacing and how fractures really interact.
Management: Enhanced Recovery Technologies for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs
A description of the role of effective reservoir management in increasing the recovery factors for unconventional reservoirs, and a review of the advances in IOR/EOR technologies for unconventionals, as performed by the Energy Industry Partnership Team at the University of Houston.
SPE Honors 2019 International Award Recipients at Annual Meeting
Recipients of SPE’s 2019 International Awards will be recognized on 1 October, during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Calgary.
Motivating Innovation on the Rig Floor
Occidental drillers and engineers figured out that it is faster and cheaper to reduce the weight on bit (WOB) than speeding ahead, which increased the risk of a breakdown and time lost for repairs.
Colombia’s New Ambitions Include Caribbean and Shale Development, But Are They Achievable?
Colombia is walking a thin line between becoming another fading petroleum province and Latin America’s next big success story. Its aces in the hole: unleashing its nascent offshore and unconventional sectors.
Selling Drilling Data like a Smart Phone
Corva’s challenge is to change the behavior of drillers who work for somebody else. The fast-growing company has no shortage of users.
Slipping Past Human Barriers to Change
When Apache rolled out a digital system delivering real-time drilling data and advice, the reactions from workers were strong, and conflicting.
In Memoriam: Stephen A. Holditch
09 August 2019
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In Memoriam: Juan V. Roger
07 August 2019
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Petrobras to Sell Shallow-Water Campos, Santos Basin Fields
UK operator Trident Energy is entering Brazil while Australian firm Karoon Energy is expanding its position in the country. Both will try to boost output from already-producing assets.
Eni Appraises Angola Discovery, Makes Another Off Vietnam
The Italian operator reported positive appraisal and exploration results from wells drilled some 10,000 km apart.
Analytics Firm: Permian Fracturing Work Underreported by 21% in 2018
Findings from Kayrros suggest the average Permian well is both less productive and more expensive than reflected in public data.
Pemex Unveils Plan To Undo “Failure of Energy Reform”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is prioritizing investment in Pemex over foreign participation as a means to boost the country’s shrinking oil output.
Shale Consolidation: Callon Acquiring Carrizo in $3.2 Billion Stock Deal
The combined company will produce more than 100,000 BOE/D from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale and is switching its focus to “mega-pad” developments.
Chief Scientist, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Operators around the world are focusing on lowering their production costs for both conventional and unconventional assets, while oilfield service companies are responding to customers’ cost-saving requests with incremental improvements in technology, supply chains, automation, and collaboration.
Maria A. Capello
Executive Consultant, Kuwait Oil Company
Field developers are making bold step-changes to form their optimization strategies on the crests of digital transformation, using massive data analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, and data-sharing strategies for oil and gas fields in all stages of development. This trend will only grow.
Facilities Development Lead, Saudi Aramco
Head of Global Innovation, Clariant Oil Services
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