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NextTier and NOV Field Test Their First Electric Fracturing Fleet
Electrically powered completions equipment takes another step toward greater sector adoption with the announcement of this new agreement.
Firm That Transforms Surface Properties With Lasers Wins Top Prize at ATCE Startup Village
FLITE Material Sciences says that its unique lasering process can be used on just about any type of material to make it either repel or attract water and oil. For an industry that deals with a lot of both, the technology has many potential use cases.
Bringing the Heat: Aramco Field Tests High-Temperature Chemistry To Slash Tight-Gas Completion Costs
Saudi Aramco and university researchers are experimenting with a thermochemical fracturing fluid that aims to eliminate more than half of the pumping horsepower typically required to complete horizontal wells.
Pilot Lessons: Chesapeake’s Shale EOR Program Stalls But Still Offers Bold Vision
Though shelved by low oil prices, the plan to execute the largest enhanced oil recovery program of its kind offers insights into what it may take for the shale sector to escape pilot mode and scale up gas huff ’n’ puff operations.
The New Map: Daniel Yergin Paints A Complex Mosaic Of Our Energy Future
The author of The Prize talked recently about his newest book on the energy transition and what he sees as the most dynamic forces shaping the things to come.
Shell Launches Innovation Studio
A new open innovation studio aims to use crowdsourcing to redefine the future of oil and gas exploration.
BP and Microsoft Strengthen Ties To Develop Low-Carbon Solutions for Upstream and Beyond
The tech giant and supermajor have been working on cloud solutions already, but in a new agreement, they will combine their talents to create new technologies for oil and gas as well as energy consumers.
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.
Oil Major Invests in Nuclear Startup Company
Zap Energy will use Chevron’s investment to develop its technology, a next-generation modular nuclear reactor with an aim toward cost-effective, flexible, and commercially scalable fusion.
Aker Solutions Shares New Details of Unmanned FPSO Concept
While it remains today only an idea, there are but a few barriers keeping an unmanned floater from being realized, according to one of the world’s leading offshore engineering firms.
Halliburton Launches Innovation Lab for Clean Energy Startups
Providing a kick start for nascent companies developing clean energy technologies, Halliburton launched its innovation lab, Halliburton Labs. Its first participant is a nanomaterials company developing fireproofing and insulation technology.
Maersk Invests in Rocket Science Technology To Achieve Carbon-Neutral Drilling
The offshore drilling contractor’s latest effort to curb emissions relies on technology developed during the US space shuttle program and could become commercial by 2022.
Startups in Oil and Gas—New Ventures, New Horizons
Chevron Technology Ventures President Barbara Burger discusses the adoption and integration of new technologies.
Head of Chevron Technology Ventures on the Realities of Investing Amid a Pandemic
Barbara Burger says the key interest areas for the supermajor’s portfolio of startup investments remains unchanged despite a new industry downturn. However, the environment is tighter and the way in which deals are made has already seen notable change.
AI Meets HMI: Next-Gen Robots Take on the Tough Tasks To Reduce Risks on Rigs
With their gee-whiz—albeit artificial—intelligence, robots may be the industry’s answer to jobs deemed dangerous, dirty, distant, or dull.
Shuttle Concept Brings CO2 to Subsea Reservoirs
A new idea from Equinor calls for autonomous submarines to transport CO2 from the surface to the seabed. The Norwegian operator says the shuttles could also carry oil and water for injection.
ExxonMobil, Pioneer Propose A Methane Monitoring Network For Texas Oil Fields
Tracking down fugitive emissions has traditionally relied on small-scale detection efforts. This new project seeks to buck the trend by covering the Permian Basin with sensors.
Omani- and Shell-Backed Solar EOR Firm Runs Out of Steam
GlassPoint Solar was founded in 2008 to replace the use of natural gas for steamflooding heavy-oil reservoirs. But amid low energy prices, its chief investor has decided to pull the plug for good.
ADNOC’s New CTO Shares Innovation Philosophy
Alan Nelson is not only the new chief technology officer at ADNOC, he is the company’s first person to hold the title at the integrated oil company.
Exploring ADNOC's Digital Future With Its First CTO
Hear first-hand from the first-ever Cheif Technology Officer at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Alan Nelson, about the integrated operator's digital transformation strategy.
Digital Startups Raise Hundreds of Millions To Modernize Upstream Sector
Producers and investors continue to reward small companies with big solutions that lean on new software and hardware to lift the bottom line of one the world’s few trillion-dollar industries.
Shell’s Well Pad of the Future Is Open for Business
The international major is calling its latest multiwell project in the Permian Basin a “beacon of innovation.” The goal is to see if combining digital technologies will lower the operating costs of its shale assets.
Questions Over Permeability Prompt Producer-Led Group To Rebuild Key Fracture Diagnostic
For the past 20 years, the diagnostic fracture injection test has been used across the frontlines of the shale revolution to paint a picture of what cannot be seen. However, that picture has not always been so clear in the eyes of subsurface engineers.
SPE Talks Tech: 2020 Technology Watch List
With 2020 on the horizon, JPT editors put together our Top 10 list of technologies and ideas to keep an eye on in the coming year.
Equinor, Total, Aker Launch Subsea CO2 Injection R&D Project
Before the dream of a “subsea factory” can come true, a group of North Sea companies will need to see if the required technology is economically feasible to build.
Canadian Startups Shine in Calgary Contest
The SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition is fast becoming one of the essential venues for the energy industry’s growing array of startups. All startups awarded a cash prize this year for the viability of their offering call Alberta home.
Summer of Funding: These Oil and Gas Startups Raised More Than $70 Million
Technology startups are breathing new life into an old industry with advanced software and emerging chemistry solutions. Learn about some of the names earning the most attention from the industry's venture capital groups.
Equinor Picks 10 New Startups for Accelerator Program
Digital technologies serve as a primary theme of this year’s group, with a few environmentally conscious firms included in the mix.
Anadarko’s Digital Legacy Offers a Template for Others
The large independent put together a team of data scientists, software developers, and petrotechnical staff to create a forward-looking vision for how to use digital technology to solve problems.
Making a Difference: Women in Academia
Do women in academia face the same challenges as their peers in industry?
Shale Producers Piloting Downhole Compression To Solve Liquid Loading
Using maglev technology, a new artificial lift system seeks to boost production output by sucking down reservoir pressure from inside the wellbore and from inside the reservoir.
US Energy Department R&D Funding To Include Conventional, Shale EOR
The projects are designed to reduce technical risks in enhanced oil recovery and expand application of EOR methods in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
US DOE To Fund 12 R&D Projects To Boost Unconventional Characterization, Recovery
Twelve organizations—universities and private technology companies—will conduct research and development on emerging shale plays and technologies covering everything from digital pressure-sensing to smart microchip proppant.
Built on Several New Tools, Marathon’s Digital Oilfield is Maturing
Marathon Oil says its shale fields are producing more oil and gas with less hands-on work from company personnel thanks to a growing arsenal of digital technologies and workflows.
How Southeast Asian Upstream Operators Are Digitalizing
Malaysia’s Petronas, Shell Malaysia, and Thailand’s PTTEP are now in the midst of full-scale digital adoption. The companies are beginning to see results, but none is counting on a “big bang” in development of the technology soon.
OTC Event Selects 10 Startups Worth Watching
The results are in. Here are this year’s “Most Promising” startups as decided by upstream investors and oil company innovation teams
Souped-Up Search Engines Wrangle Drilling, Completions Data
Fed by big data loads from big operators, a university consortium and software firm are each working to make upstream data access as quick and easy as a Google search.
Imaging Fracturing’s Unexpected Changes
Pictures shot in fractured wells show how a high-pressure slurry of water and sand carves up the perforations.
Survey Points to Bullish Outlook for 2019, With Some Caveats
Industry confidence is on the rise, and so is capital spending, according to DNV’s 2019 annual outlook.
Reservoir: Assume Nothing is Totally Conventional
Unconventional development has made it clear to Erdal Ozkan that conventional theory overlooks a lot of potentially productive rock. He talks about looking for ways to do better as part of JPT’s tech director report.
Shale’s Big Sand Switch Is Delivering Dollars, but Not Eroding All Concerns
Producers in Texas have claimed an economic victory with their transition to local sands that they once avoided using in horizontal wells due to their low-quality.
Using Microseismic To See Where Fracturing is Happening
When it came to decide where to collect a critical sample of fractured rock, a new method for turning microseismic data into a heat map designed to display the most intense fracturing activity was considered.
Fracturing Wells in Pairs Creates Strong Links
Fracturing two or more wells at the same time creates connections. While fracturing fluids reach out further, those ties create a stronger link, though not forever.
Imagine Fracture Modeling Based on Actual Fractures
By measuring which tests best predicted the fractures observed at the Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site, Laredo Petroleum developed a method it hopes will improve fracture modeling in other places.
Real Fractured Rock Is So Complex It’s Time for New Fracturing Models
A close look at hundreds of feet of fractured core samples suggest that new fracture models are needed to simulate complicated reality.
Oilfield Service Patent Contests Get Heated
From the highest courts of the US judicial branch to the C-suite, contests involving patents have recently come to the fore in the innovation hungry US oilfield services industry, even as filings and litigation have declined in recent years.
Innovation Leaders to Meet in Scotland at SPE ENGenious Event
A new event is kicking off in September that will bring together the brightest minds in digital tech and oil and gas.
Innovative Pressure Map Offers Insights on Frac Hits
Well-interference issues can be hard to diagnose, but this startup may be figuring that out. The data-driven process it developed can also help operators come up with more effective ways to use diverters.
Dog Food, Subs Feed Technology Development at Halliburton
Seeking out, experimenting with, and ultimately embracing technologies from other industries have proven crucial to innovating at oilfield service firms such as Halliburton, which has tried everything from dog food to submarine tech to improve its work downhole.
Marriage of Ideas Could Allow More Deepwater Gas to Shore
When two engineers lost their jobs during the industry downturn, they used the misfortune as an opportunity to develop an innovative concept that aims to make it a lot easier to move subsea gas long distances.
University Group Lists “Most Promising” Oil & Gas Startups of the Year
Being a startup in oil and gas isn’t always easy, and so it is nice when you get noticed at the industry’s largest gathering, the Offshore Technology Conference. Learn about 10 new companies that industry insiders say are the ones to watch in 2018.
How is Industry Finding the Next Generation of New Technologies?
The process of finding, developing, and testing new technology can be as complicated as the technology itself—especially at a time when operators have little tolerance for risk.
R&D Remains Critical Despite a Down Market
R&D is essential for the industry, regardless of the current oil price, and past down markets have spawned some key technology advances, ExxonMobil researcher Erika Biediger told the SPE Gulf Coast Section R&D study group recently.
Startups Critical to Developing Culture of Innovation
The president of Chevron Technology Ventures discussed how startup companies can fill the gaps in a rapidly changing technological ecosystem, and Chevron's mechanisms to understand the role startups can play in its operations.
Energy Startup Competition Aims To Connect New Companies With Investors
SPE and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship have partnered to host a competition at ATCE in which emerging technology companies in the energy sector vie for partnerships and prize money.
Artificial Intelligence and Human Expertise Form Powerful Combination for Performance Improvement
Anadarko’s CEO and a company board member who heads a venture-backed software developer for artificial intelligence (AI) discuss the key role that AI will play in the oil and gas industry’s future.
Halliburton-Microsoft Strategic Alliance Hopes To Speed Industry Transformation
Halliburton and Microsoft believe that by working together they can step up the pace of digital transformation across the E&P industry.
These Are the Forks in the Road to Drilling Automation
Along its journey to full-automation, the US drilling sector is facing a series of important crossroads that will determine what the so-called “rig of the future” really will be.
With New Advance, Natural Gas Filtering Technology Moves Closer to Commercial Reality
A new material under development is highly effective at sieving carbon dioxide from natural gas streams and is also cheap and easy to make, according to researchers.
How To Plan For Meaningful New Technology Pilot Tests
When technology startups and oil and gas companies finally agree to run a pilot test, there are a few things both sides of the table should know before they move forward.
OTC 2017: Where to Find the Best Networking Opportunities and Emerging Technologies
Before you head to OTC 2017, make plans for the event’s best opportunities for professional networking and to learn about the array of new technologies pushing their way into the business.
Times are so Tough in the Oil Sands, Companies May Have To Collaborate
Things are so tough in the Canadian oil sands that competitors are considering whether to start sharing some of what they know about producing more and doing it for less. Collaboration should speed progress for everyone, but companies with something to give are looking for something in return.
The Future of the Oil Sands Depends on One Thing: Totally Rethinking Everything
Oil production from the Canadian oil sands is big, growing, and its future is in doubt. The problem is the cost and time required to develop new production is not competitive now. While some big international oil companies are selling out, others are focused on changing the economics of growth.
Digital Image Correlation: A New Way To Look at Hydraulic Fracturing
Technology that allows researchers to see stress forming inside rock samples may help unravel some of the mysteries associated with fracture behavior.
New Ways to Boost Heavy Oil Flow
Getting a good well for a field test can make or break a new idea. A government backed research group in Saskatchewan is offering up to CAD 100,000 break on royalty payments to test ways to extend the life of conventional, heavy-oil fields.
Ignored Signal During Hydraulic Fracturing Offers Instant Feedback
Always recorded but almost never used, the water hammer signal could offer completions engineers another set of insightful data if petroleum engineers can crack its code.
Independent Shale Producer is Driving Permian Well Improvements with Clean Sweeps
Permian Basin producer Callon Petroleum is attributing its data-driven approach to a routine completions practice to improved proppant placement and higher oil production.
Industry and Academia Continue Working on Big Ideas for Nanotechnology
A number of ongoing industry research projects are developing nanoparticles that work at the reservoir level and for fluid treatment. Though they may be a few years away from finalization, these efforts highlight nanotechnology’s increasingly sophisticated and growing application scope.
The Grand Challenge of Carbon Capture and Sequestration
This article is a summary of the 2016 follow-up paper on carbon capture and sequestration, one of the five grand challenges to the industry identified by the SPE R&D Committee in 2011.
Energy Research Funding: The Next Generation
New leadership aims to make positive, lasting changes at RPSEA.
Partnership Key to ADNOC’s Technology Qualification Initiatives
ADNOC and BP will collaborate to form an earth surface technology center in Abu Dhabi. ADNOC has also reformed its stage gate process for advancement of new technologies.
3D Printing Reservoir Rocks May Drive New Insights
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, are building replica core samples using 3D printers and installing sensors inside them as they go. Their goal is to directly monitor pore-scale flow behavior from the inside of these so-called “smart rocks.”
Lessons for a Downturn
Downturns offer you a choice: Panic and shut down all but breathing or make use of the opportunities that desperation has handed you. A mountain of mistakes is a gold mine to those willing to spend the time in assessment mode.
3D Printing in the Oil Field Kicks Into Production Mode
Service companies are using the latest generation of additive manufacturing technology to print out steel components for big ticket downhole tools. There is great potential for the technology to drive down equipment costs and improve performance.
Deepwater Future Tied to Technology Innovation
For deepwater development, panelists at OTC emphasized the need for scalable technology, the standardization and simplification of projects, patient capital investment in innovation, greater collaboration, and new perspectives coming from outside the industry.
Isn’t It Time for Our Own Spielbergian “Idea Summit”?
Industry's finest minds are expected to come together for an idea summit during the upcoming SPE Intelligent Energy International Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen.
Self-Adjusting PDC Bit Under Development
Baker Hughes is developing a drill bit capable of auto-adjusting its depth-of-cut feature to handle dynamic drilling conditions.
Pressure Test for E&P Innovation
Low prices require doing things differently. It is a hopeful sign for the future for innovators who have been struggling to keep going and have potential customers with little to spend and a lot to worry about.
Transforming the Upstream Service Industry To Increase Operator Margins
The upstream industry is undergoing a transformation. Operators and service providers alike are not just tweaking or fine-tuning, they are completely rethinking the way they work.
Pressure Changes While Fracturing Add To Marcellus Well Production
When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, steadiness may not be a virtue. That was the conclusion of a test to see if rapid pump rate variations would lead to greater production than conventionally fractured stages when the pressure was held steady.
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