Real-time formation evaluation expedites accurate well placement.
Microseismic analysis is moving beyond the mapping of single fractures, providing a wealth of information about complex reservoirs.
Research indicates that the industry has recovered from the recession and is going to be hard-pressed to meet growing demand.
In late 2009, Devon Energy decided to refocus its efforts on the US and Canada. Executive vice president of E&P Dave Hager talks about the excitement of staying closer to home.
The rig was known as the Glomar Explorer when it was launched in 1974 by Howard Hughes to secretly recover a lost Soviet submarine. Today the Transocean GSF Explorer continues a tradition of innovation.
With the rapid increase in drilling activity in North America’s unconventional shale plays, there has been a significant push to develop application-specific technologies to increase economic feasibility.
Radioactive sources provide the most accurate measurement of porosity, but their use is causing increasing concern.
As the quest for new fields and untapped reserves becomes more challenging, the value of time grows exponentially.
Early concepts of hybrid bits were researched in the early 1930s, but were deemed impractical and even unreasonable; only recently – using 21st century advancements – has the myth become a reality.
Extensive post-run evaluation leads to improved designs and major successes for operators.
Leak detectors routinely are specified for subsea installations. In reality, the majority of leaks still are discovered either through routine ROV inspection or observation of surface oil slicks.
The Utica shale is finding its way from exploration to development.
This enormous shale play could be the largest natural gas field ever discovered.
It can be difficult to anticipate all possible problems or issues that could arise in the course of completing a well or maintaining production after completion.
Vortex-induced motions exert stresses on risers and moorings, which can lead to overstressing, buckling, brittle fractures, or fatigue. The motion and stresses can be mitigated by attaching strakes to the hull. A new approach to construction could mean a longer life for spars.
Better reservoir modeling tools lead to better decisions.
The ability to access hydrocarbon resources from increasingly challenging environments will be critical in meeting growing global energy demand.
Enormous reserves volumes have drawn the industry’s attention to the Arctic, but a broad range of technologies must be further developed and implemented if the hope of producing these vast resources is to be realized.