Technology Exclusives

Canadian Energy Research Institute, natural gas, LNG, production, Canada, Alberta, British Columbia

​As natural gas producers work to improve wellhead economics, the timing of proposed LNG projects and declining U.S. exports could impact future production.

DUG Eagle Ford, Chesapeake Energy, Sanchez Energy, shale, costs, oil, lateral

Longer laterals and debundling services are among the cost-saving and value-generating moves as E&Ps aim for higher returns amid lower commodity prices.

Statoil, Johan Sverdrup, cost, Norway, North Sea

Evidence is increasingly emerging in Norway that its recent lean-and-mean approach is paying dividends, reducing previously prohibitive costs to economically viable levels.

While two contentious nominees vie for the presidency, and even afterward, energy will continue to make the world go ’round.

Mexico, Energy Secretary, Pemex, U.S. Shale, investment, auctions

Mexico’s energy company is struggling and auctions continue to lag, particularly in unconventional areas.

Technology Completion

William D. Von Gonten Jr., W.D. Von Gonten & Co., DUG, Eagle Ford, shale, fracture, prop, completion, model

Better insight, including on calcite and ash bed layers, could lead to better frack designs, greater stimulation and ultimately, more production.

The technology uses an industry standard downhole data logger to collect data from which measurements are made and fracture locations pinpointed.

Schlumberger, Paal Kibsgaard, oil, drilling, technology, hydraulic fracturing, investment

The company plans to produce a new hydraulic fracturing system and a ‘land drilling system of the future.’

At Hart Energy’s DUG Rockies conference, technology panelists said drilled but uncompleted wells are an appetizing prospect for producers in trying times.

Baker Hughes, H.C. Freitag, drilling, completion, technology, shale, unconventional, DUG Rockies, oil, gas

Drilled but uncompleted wells in the U.S. provide an opportunity to examine new shale drilling and completion technology.

Technology Contracts

The CoAs are expected to begin in the first half of 2017 with the requirement for about two shuttle tankers. 

PDVSA awarded contracts to drill wells in the Orinoco Belt, although some foreign partners are uncomfortable with the rushed tender and structural problems that could hinder the projects, according to sources close to the matter.

Arctic Securities is the financial adviser and BA-HR law firm is the legal adviser. When the transaction closes, AKOFS will gain US$66 million net of investments in the JV.

Satellite communications provider ITC Global has been awarded a three-year contract to provide broadband connectivity to the world’s largest semisubmersible drilling rig, which is commissioned for work in the Great Australian Bight, the company said in a news release.

In the Sept. 15 press release, Cobalt also said it committed to use Rowan as its exclusive drilling services provider for five years.

Technology Digital

Radar surveillance systems from PetroCloud can track speed, work with drones and provide thermal images like the truck in the bottom right. “This is really high-end heightened security that works much better than motion detection,” according to White. (So

New technologies are increasing the industry’s situational awareness of cybersecurity threats, experts tell the crowd at DUG Permian Basin.

Nervana Systems, Naveen Rao, artificial intelligence, oil, gas, seismic, Paradigm, geoseismic

A Silicon Valley-based deep learning, artificial intelligence company is using artificial neural networks to help find oil and gas using geoseismic data.

DNV GL, technology, digitalization, oil, gas, automation, sensors, drilling, P&A, subsea, smart

Opportunities for further efficiency gains are abundant with technology, but a company has singled out a few technologies that it believes will shape the oil and gas industry’s future.

cyber, security, attack, threat, oil, gas, E&P, Boston Consulting Group, CERT

Although strides have been made in cybersecurity, the potential for more cyberattacks exists. A consulting firm gives advice.

"This power will help us to improve our performance and to reduce our costs," said Arnaud Breuillac, Total's E&P president. "In the era of big data, state-of-the-art data-intensive computing is a competitive advantage."

Technology Downhole

David G. Gallagher said that trademarked Gilsonite is a naturally occurring asphaltite that binds and strengthens as an additive for drilling fluids and cementing.

Ely's world-class reservoir stimulation and completion consulting services will be packaged with Flotek’s CnF customized completion chemistries for clients that purchased CnF chemistries directly through The Flotek Store.

JetStream was recently used in a 6.5-in. intermediate section in the North Sea that was drilled to 10,446 ft total depth through soft, porous limestone.

GCDT fits fully into Prysmian’s expansion strategy in subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines and complements its product range. The portfolio of protectors will be enhanced, the company added.

The technology provides internal alternate flow paths, called shunt tubes, in the downhole tool to gravel pack the producing sections of a well, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. said in a news release

Technology Equipment

The combined number of oil and gas rigs active so far this year has averaged 480 rigs, according to Baker Hughes data, Reuters reported.

NOV, ClearWater Solutions, offloading, saltwater disposal, oil, costs, flowback, fluid

A new SWD facility design creates a safer, more efficient flowback fluid disposal process.

The acquisition marks RockPile's first deal after being acquired by White Deer Energy on Sept. 8. Denver-based RockPile was a subsidiary of Triangle Petroleum, which filed for chapter 11 in June.

The Baker Hughes report showed the North American count dropped this week by four to 638, compared to 1,024 a year ago. 

More than two-thirds of rigs added over the past two months were located in the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, Reuters said.

Technology Operations

"The helicopter did not reach its intended destination. It was carrying five passengers and one pilot," Chevron said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia on Sept. 27 dashed hopes that OPEC oil producers could clinch a deal in Algeria this week after sources within the exporter group said differences between the kingdom and rival Iran remained too wide.

Saudi Aramco outlined a plan known as In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) in 2015 when CEO Amin Nasser said the company would spend more than $300 billion over the next 10 years, Reuters reported.

Arshad Matin, Paradigm, software, technology, oil, gas, downturn, drilling

The company is among those that have formed partnerships while strengthening existing relationships with E&Ps.

Bruce Culpepper, president, Shell Oil Co, Energy Tax Conference, Bloomberg, Mayer Brown, Royal Dutch Shell, oil, natural gas, LNG, BG Group, merger, climate change, renewables, keep it in the ground, bridge fuel, methane emissions, Paris, greenhouse gas,

From ‘keep it in the ground’ to natural gas as a bridge fuel for the future, Bruce Culpepper offers scenarios for oil and gas in 2050.

Technology People

Failed mediation between Industri Energi and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association triggered the initial strike at the Norwegian units of Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Oceaneering and Oceaneering Asset Integrity, Reuters reported.

Darrick J. Evong began working as a consultant to Cordy in February 2015, working with Mullen and the board of directors. 

Weatherford, jobs, oil, gas, recruitment, training

Companies should cultivate leaders with the skills and mindset to remain strong in any business climate.

Gunmen seized 14 Nigerian employees of the state-owned company Nestoil at the beginning of September on a road between the towns of Omoku and Elele, Reuters reported. 

The protesters planned to deliver a petition to stop lease sales, which they said was signed by 1 million people, to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Technology Regulations

RPSEA is also pursuing new project opportunities with individual energy companies, joint industry projects, foundations and nonprofits.

The industry has the full backing of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who in August said some tax proceeds from shale gas developments could be given directly to residents, Reuters reported.

Ineos has access to more than 1 million acres of land across England and Scotland containing shale gas deposits, but has yet to apply for a planning permit, Reuters reported.

Indonesia holds proven oil reserves of 3.7 Bbbl and is ranked in the top 20 oil producers globally, Reuters reported. 

Embracing manufacturing standardization would lead to better productivity, increased reliability and lower costs.