September 2020 | Volume 72, Number 9
Solving the Gummy Bears Mystery May Unlock Greater Shale Production
The source of gummy, damaging polymer gunk that has flowed from Oklahoma oil wells is becoming clear, and one of the lessons learned is that shale plays require petroleum engineers to learn more about chemistry.
SPE Honors 2020 International Award Recipients During Annual Meeting
The SPE International Awards honor members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merit special distinction. Recipients of the 2020 International Awards will be recognized during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
The South American Deepwater Sector
Unlike shale, deepwater plays—which are highly front-loaded investments with long project cycles—will be least affected by the current round of severe investment reductions. Large offshore plays in safer regions have become essential elements of the core business of large oil and gas players.
2021 SPE President Thomas A. Blasingame
Tom Blasingame will take office as 2021 SPE President during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition to take place in October. He shares his views of the key challenges facing SPE and the industry and what his goals will be during his presidency.
New Fracture Diagnostic Test Delivers Tight Reservoir Data in 2 Hours or Less, Bolsters Future of Engineered Completions
Unconventional producers around the world have been hamstrung by expensive and cumbersome options when it comes to obtaining reservoir data. Among the latest ways to break past these barriers is a new method developed by Canadian researchers and field tested in Australia’s unconventional frontier.
Water, Water Everywhere: Using ML and Game Theory To Win at Produced-Water Forecasting
Advanced machine-learning methods combined with aspects of game theory are helping operators understand the drivers of water production and improve forecasting and economics in unconventional basins.
Managing Pressure To Mitigate Environmental Impact
Discussed are real-world examples of the less often considered but valuable environmental benefits delivered via MPD.
Petrobras Trims Drilling by Months With Software That Will One Day Automate Its Offshore Rigs
Brazil’s national oil company details the results of 6 years of real-time drilling monitoring. The next step is to move toward optimization, then automation.
Oil’s Wisdom Heats Up Drive for Geothermal Energy
Oil and gas are not the only things in the ground that can power our lives. Heat in the form of geothermal energy is rapidly taking its place alongside other sources of renewable energy, buoyed by the lessons learned from decades of drilling for oil.
Petrobras Slices Time, Cost of Post-Salt Drilling
Petrobras has cut in half the time and cost of drilling some wells using its patented True One Trip Ultra Slender (TOTUS) concept. The technique can be used in certain mature fields of the postsalt where geological and reservoir characteristics favor its application.
Canada’s Oil Production Sinks to 2016 Levels
In the first half of 2020, Canada’s production declined 20% from its 2019 average of 5.5 million B/D as a result of low crude oil prices, reduced demand, and continued production curtailments imposed by the government of Alberta.
MOL Pakistan Discovers Gas and Condensate
As the operator of the TAL Block in Pakistan, MOL has made a new gas and condensate discovery at the Mamikhel South-1 exploratory well.
DTEK To Conduct Large-Scale Green Seismic Exploration
DTEK Oil & Gas this year will conduct a large-scale seismic survey using green technology on a gas-and-condensate field in Ukraine.
Supreme Court Ruling on Oklahoma Tribal Land Raises Questions for Oil Industry
A US Supreme Court decision recognizing about half of Oklahoma as Native American reservation land has implications for oil and gas development and raises regulatory and tax questions that could take years to settle.
Chief Scientist, Baker Hughes
While the ongoing trends in data science and engineering analytics are going to show more benefits in lowering production costs and increasing efficiencies, the well-established reservoir and production engineering disciplines will continue to be critical for reservoir performance improvements.
Facilities Development Lead, Saudi Aramco
Head of Global Innovation, Clariant Oil Services
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