High reservoir temperatures, wellbore deviations and abrasives are a way of life in Canada’s oil sands. So how does a company increase the reliability of downhole pumping equipment while also meeting the challenge of these extreme conditions?
When it comes to seabed processing solutions, the ability to accurately measure the quality of produced water subsea would be a significant step forward, and the offshore industry is working hard to close this technology gap.
Rod connection design improves field performance and rod’s fatigue life.
Subsea processing solutions have reached something of a ‘paradox point.’ The industry is standardizing equipment and cutting costs while also having to advance into harsher environments with increasingly complex new technologies.
As activity booms, the industry is investing time and money in innovating solutions for unconventional production.
A novel artificial lift solution promises reliable production for marginal wells while preventing potential gas-locking problems.
To expand the performance envelope, a strong engineering capability for both planning and delivery is needed.
The push to develop hydrocarbons in the Arctic and tight oil onshore continues, but political tension and other risks create future uncertainty.
Whether it is in shales, tight sands or CSG, the number of international oil companies jumping into the Australian plays to ‘crack the code’ is increasing along with spending.
Suppression devices like helical strakes and fairings can help prevent substantial fatigue damage of risers and tendons.
New technologies increase operational efficiency while ensuring sustainability.
Automated system guards vehicles from catastrophe.
Geospatial solutions aid in sound decision-making throughout the entire oil and gas life cycle.
Perfluoroelastomers improve reliability, increase mean time between repairs and reduce operating costs.
Operators and service providers predict greater use of microseismic as the industry moves to pad drilling and batch completions.
Creating a petrophysical model with a fairly limited dataset from exploratory and early appraisal wells leads to success in shale plays.
Exploration and production firms face significant people risk when resourcing projects in challenging locations such as the Bakken and Permian Basin.
Drilling contractors can plan routine equipment maintenance and prevent downtime, providing near-instantaneous information to monitoring personnel.
Applying best practices for measurement control means better production management decisions can be made based on more accurate and timely data coming from separators and heater treaters.
A transient multiphase simulator improves accuracy for temperature calculations and prediction of slug behavior.
A detailed workflow allows operators to de-risk international shale plays.
Testing leads one company to conclude that a successful horizontal well is the likely next step.