By the end of 2018, Western Australia will be exporting nearly 50 million tonnes per annum of LNG. This is an exciting time for the young professionals lucky enough to call Perth their home. This guide is for those planning a relocation, business trip, attendance at an industry event, pleasure travel, or who are just curious about Perth and Western Australia, its history, and its role in today’s oil and gas industry.
The largest city located below sea level, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Baku, Azerbaijan, boasts scenic nature attractions and an oil industry dating back many centuries. By the end of 2018, Western Australia will be exporting nearly 50 million tonnes per annum of LNG. This is an exciting time for the young professionals lucky enough to call Perth their home. A Harvard Business Review article explores the challenges of settling back into your own culture after returning from an assignment. Six young professionals share the stories of the career transitions they have faced, the challenges involved, and the soft skills they used to succeed in them.
The complete paper proposes an azimuthal plane-wave-destruction (AzPWD) seismic-diffraction-imaging work flow to efficiently emphasize small-scale features associated with subsurface discontinuities such as faults, channel edges, and fracture swarms. This paper contrasts the detailed perforating and flowback plan with the results of the operation where a number of planned, and some unplanned, contingencies were faced. A hybrid downhole microseismic and microdeformation array was deployed to monitor fracture stimulation of a vertical coal-seam-gas (CSG) exploration well in the Gloucester Basin in New South Wales, Australia, to provide more-accurate insight into overall fracture height. This paper outlines the key issues that must be addressed from a regulatory perspective in regard to the development of an onshore unconventional-gas industry in the Northern Territory. This paper provides an insight into the challenges encountered and overcome during installation of 20 subsea structures, some close to 1000 t in weight and in water depths of up to 1350 m, for the Gorgon project offshore Western Australia.
Steady-state modeling of an asset requires the work of multiple engineering teams, which often leads to suboptimal facility design. An integrated model using information consistently across the entire asset may alleviate the pain resulting from conventional methods. Researchers from Chevron are looking into a new approach to understand the drivers of polymer hydration. How might this affect the design of mixing systems in the field, and could it affect offshore EOR applications? The contract covers the installation of umbilicals, flying leads, and manifolds for the project, which aims to expand and upgrade subsea facilities for the gas field located offshore western Australia.
The SPE Board of Directors meeting was recently held in Cairo. My intent is to share important information with our members after each meeting. As SPE, and the industry, emerge from the downturn, one of the Board’s most important topics of discussion was financial. I am pleased to report that SPE is once again looking healthy financially. The New SPE International App allows you access to SPE anytime, anywhere.
I joined the eMentoring program to share my experiences with fellow young professionals. I wanted to guide them on the kind of attitude required to work outside of their comfort zones and to get work done safely and efficiently. Since we're from the same generation, we will all have faced similar issues and problems and can learn from each other along the way. After building an initial rapport, my mentees and I agreed to communicate via email once a week. I believe that good mentoring requires two-way communication.
The next big wave of decommissioning and abandonment projects is set to occur in the Asia-Pacific region, and APAC’s operators are now tasked with finding cost- and time-effective ways of unwinding their huge agglomeration of wells and facilities. The $2.15-billion deal gives the company an 80% ownership stake in what could be one of Australia’s largest offshore discoveries in years. The long-awaited Ichthys LNG Project off Western Australia has finally started gas production. LNG liquefaction is expected in a few weeks. The contract covers the installation of umbilicals, flying leads, and manifolds for the project, which aims to expand and upgrade subsea facilities for the gas field located offshore western Australia.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) A drillstem test was performed on the Zafarani-2 well--located about 80 km offshore southern Tanzania. Two separate intervals were tested, and the well flowed at a maximum of 66 MMscf/D of gas. Statoil (65%) is the operator, on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, with partner ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%). The FA-1 well--located in 600 m of water in the Foum Assaka license area offshore Morocco--was spudded. The well targets Eagle prospect Lower Cretaceous resources. Target depth is 4000 m. Kosmos Energy (29.9%) is the operator, with partners BP (26.4%),
Africa (Sub-Sahara) United Hydrocarbon International finished drilling the Belanga North-1 exploration well located in Doba basin in southern Chad. The well was drilled to a total depth of 1392 m, and encountered three oil-bearing sand intervals--two in the targeted Upper Cretaceous "YO" sands and one in an untested shallower sand. United Hydrocarbon (100%) is the operator. Asia Pacific China National Offshore Oil Corporation discovered natural gas in the Qiongdongan basin, South China Sea. Well Lingshui 17-2--located in the east Lingshui sag portion of the basin at an average water depth of 1450 m--was drilled and completed to a depth of 3510 m. Lingshui 17-2 encountered a gas reservoir with a total thickness of approximately 55 m. Statoil Australia Theta has drilled and completed the Oz-Alpha 1 exploration well in the southern Georgina basin in the Northern Territory, Australia.