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A Long-Term View From Multiple Angles

A condensed version of what is on the minds of SPE’s technical directors is: The industry needs multidisciplinary, data-driven ways to adapt to what is ahead, focus on what is critical for decision making, and take a long view as another generation takes over.

In other words, this group of six representing key industry disciplines has a lot of ideas. When SPE’s technical directors met in October 2013, they discussed two big ideas that may become group projects: better management of critical processes to ensure they are done safely, and caring for aging fields.

A discussion of whether managing aging fields is worthy of greater attention brought up the challenge of permanently plugging offshore wells not designed with current technology in mind, whether worn tubulars in old wells can withstand the stress of life-extending fracture treatments, and estimating how long a well is likely to be producing.

“It crosses disciplines. There are problems, and opportunities to get more out of fields, that cross the lines,” said Roland Moreau, SPE technical director for Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, who has taken a personal interest in process safety.

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A Long-Term View From Multiple Angles

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 January 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 1

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