Exclusives

nanosheet, nanofluid, oil, EOR, University of Houston

Researchers were able to achieve 15% tertiary oil recovery using a nanofluid of graphene-based amphiphilic nanosheets that are effective at low concentrations.

Eagle Ford, shale, drilling, oil, gas, Hart Energy

There are signs the bottom is at hand, which is the first step in recovery.

DUG Permian, WPX Energy, Richard Muncrief, Permian, Delaware, oil, drilling, rig

WPX Energy, which entered the Permian Basin in 2015 with its $2.3 billion-plus acquisition of RKI Exploration, is bullish on the sub-basin. The company is among those focusing on the the Upper and Lower Wolfcamp A, both of which are proven productive.

Silver Hill Energy Partners, Silver Hill Energy II, Kyle Miller, DUG Permian Basin, Delaware, completions, production, oil

The sub-basin was heralded during the DUG Permian Basin conference as one of the industry’s bright spots as companies continued to cope with the cyclical ups and downs of life in the oil patch.

John Paisie, Stratas Advisors

At Hart Energy’s Viewpoint Executive Energy Club, Stratas Advisors directors gave industry executives a wide-ranging view and key to competing in the upcoming year.

Completion

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A ban on fracking by the Western Australia Labor Party would hold until it was shown that fracking doesn't compromise the environment, groundwater, public health or contribute adversely to climate change.

DUG East enhanced completions Marcellus shale Utica

Companies are focusing on enhanced completions among other techniques and technology to boost production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, but cluster efficiency remains an area of concern.

For the Netherlands, the EU's biggest gas producer, less gas could reduce national income by almost 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion), according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bloomberg said.

Operators in North American shale plays are using more than 5 MMlbs of frack sand per well.

Drilling

Until 2012, third-party contractors cleaned its used drill pipes, Weatherford said. The water recycling program reduced the facility's freshwater requirements to 17,000 gallons per year, down from 2.2 million.

Shale producers can save 30% of the drilling cost with walking rigs, which can move from one wellbore to another--10 meters in less than an hour, Reuters said.

Where ACTIVATE has been used, operators see about an 80% increase in EUR per well and a 66% reduction in cost per barrel of oil equivalent from refracked wells verus new wells, Halliburton said in a news release.

Australia's Titan Energy Ltd. started commercial production on first well in multiwell program in Allen Dome area of Brazoria County, Texas.  Titan has planned a five-well program in Allen Dome.

South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region may hold as much as 390 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, which the government wants to tap to alleviate energy shortages, Bloomberg said. 

Enhanced Oil Recovery

The project will use 4-D seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and pump technology. Polymer chemical injection technology’s role in maximizing economic recovery of U.K. hydrocarbon reserves will be demonstrated.

In the E&P segments, GE Oil & Gas will focus on three mega-trends in 2012: unconventional oil and gas development, enhanced oil recovery, and deepwater drilling.

Taking integration to the next level, model-based technologies aid in heavy oil production and maximize the potential of the digital oil field.

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in 30-year-old, waterflooded oil fields has boosted production per well from 25 to 300 barrels per day.

Field Development

Karnes County, Texas, is not all about the Eagle Ford Shale, so says BlackBrush Oil & Gas LP COO Mark Norville. Add a little Austin Chalk into the recipe, and the well results get spicy—a kick up to 250% IRR.

The B8 field is estimated to have about 3.5 million tonnes of oil where Lotos has said it plans to produce ultimately some 250,000 tonnes, Reuters said.

Over the next 20 years, US$38 billion will be invested in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Shale, Neuquen province governor said, Reuters reported. Lindero Atravesado and Bandurria fields will be developed. 

The quarter ended March 31. RMP Energy used slickwater fracks recently, on five horizontal wells at the Waskahigan and Grizzly areas in the Montney Formation.

ExxonMobil is co-venturer with Brazil's Petrobras and Italy's Eni in the Hadrian South, in the U.S. GoM's Keathey Canyon area. Hadrian South is ExxonMobil’s deepest subsea tieback.