Accessing and producing the Gulf of Mexico's Lower Tertiary and other ultradeepwater plays require aggressive reservoir stimulation and a downhole infrastructure capable of supporting decades of high production rates in extreme environments. The Baker Hughes Hammerhead system is the industry's first wellhead-to-reservoir integrated completion and production solution specifically designed and tested for ultradeepwater conditions. Built to withstand pressures and temperatures up to 22,500 psi and 300 F, the system is capable of handling sustained flow rates up to 30,000 B/D with high differential pressures up to 15,000 psi for maximum reservoir drainage. The system's high- performance frac-pack solution can deliver massive stimulation treatments into as many as five zones in a single trip. Surveillance and control capabilities enable remote monitoring and selective zonal control with dual-choking, hydraulic intelligent-well-system valves.
SPE Gulf Coast Section's Permian Basin Study Group held its third annual High School Invitational in November at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas. The luncheon was led by Texas A&M drilling professor and retired ExxonMobil chief drilling engineer Fred Dupriest, who gave a presentation titled, "What We Need From This Generation, and Steps to Help Them Achieve It." Dupriest spoke to more than 50 students from Cy Fair High School and more than 20 students from Seven Lakes High School--both located in the Houston area--about the role of future generations in the oil and gas industry. The section's community services group arranged for the student visit.