In a world where easy oil is a thing of the past, technology remains key to unleashing difficult resources.
Increasing demand for oil is pushing the industry to produce greater amounts of hydrocarbons. Advances in water treatment technologies will allow increased oil production without the liability of large volumes of contaminated water.
Asset team calls on eight technologies to answer critical reservoir delineation questions.
A new azimuthal deep-resistivity logging-while-drilling (LWD) sensor can detect events as far as 18 ft (5.5 m) laterally from a wellbore path and help determine the direction to the approaching event.
A common understanding across disciplines can be achieved by sharing real-time LWD data using the familiar environment of a geological framework surrounding the well bore — a three-dimensional earth model.
Severe downhole vibrations can damage drilling equipment, including the drill bit, drill collars, stabilizers, measurement-while-drilling/logging-while-drilling (MWD/LWD) tools, and rotary steerable systems (RSSs). Advances in near-bit sensor technology are now allowing drillers to use vibration sensor information while drilling to optimize rotary-steerable operations.
West Texas operators experience dramatic savings in cost per reservoir-foot in zone when they take a high-tech approach.
A wellbore strengthening treatment initiative incorporating particulate or chemical-based lost-circulation material (LCM) and comprehensive pre-drill planning addresses the hazards associated with hole instability.
A new chemical sand-consolidation method is reliably controlling sand production and increasing oil-recovery rates from weakly consolidated sandstone reservoirs in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Pumped with a frac deep into the formation, long-life specialty chemicals prevent expensive post-stimulation buildups of scale, paraffin, bacteria, and other troublesome contaminants.
Correct planning can reduce the frequency of squeeze operations needed to place scale inhibitors into the formation.
Shell seeks to reduce time without sacrificing understanding using a new software tool in front-end planning.
New methodologies enable geologists to map old fields with logging data.
Novel processing techniques help one operator overcoming obstacles related to thin, sub-seismic features in the shallow Gulf of Mexico.
Companies that continue to thrive must develop unique and creative ways of attracting and retaining human capital that will allow their organization to grow and prosper.
Web-based alumni networks are helping oil and gas companies maintain their most valuable asset — experienced employees.
Human Resources (HR) executives list the talent void as one of the top five business issues facing their companies.
The big challenge of the 21st century is more than simply protecting our environment; it’s about thriving in a future that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.