July's issue of E&P Magazine looks into why oil and gas are expected to remain the go-to fuels of choice until at least 2050, despite technological, geopolitical and regulatory issues. The magazine also includes features on workforce management issues and on discoveries in onshore and offshore East Africa.
Collaboration is increasingly critical to managing well construction risk. While technology produces remarkable results, the most significant gains in wellbore construction process safety are being achieved across traditional disciplines, products and services. Bringing drilling contractors, manufacturers and service companies into the well planning process at an early stage captures resources that are rich in expertise and technology, and orients them towards the overall objective of constructing a high integrity wellbore to total depth. While this is not novel, it is ever more imperative to ensuring project success.
The conversation about casing running is morphing into a much larger one that shifts the focus from making connections at the rotary to life-of-field, total-depth well integrity. Inspiring this “deeper” conversation is a new way of thinking about old challenges that combines traditional services with relevant new technologies. A dedicated, multi-discipline well engineering and optimization approach was formed to help develop this new total depth competency.