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This course gives an overview for completing, fracturing, and refracturing shales and other low-permeability formations that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Participants will learn the primary types of wellbore completion options, plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems, and coiled tubing-activated systems, and how they compare in different applications. Participants will also learn hydraulic fracturing and refracturing theory and design, including slick-water fracturing, cross-linked gels, fluids, proppants, additives, refracturing options, and identifying refracturing candidates. In the last decade new production from shales and other low-permeability reservoirs that require multistage hydraulic fracturing has significantly influenced the price and supply of hydrocarbons. The success of these plays in North America has operators around the globe trying to identify similar reservoirs.
SPE, through its Energy4me programme, will present a free one-day energy education workshop for science teachers (grades 8–12). A variety of free instructional materials will be available to take back to the classroom. Educators will receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Energy4me is an energy educational public outreach programme that highlights how energy works in our everyday lives and promote information about career opportunities in petroleum engineering and the upstream professions. SPE’s Energy4me programme values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy.
A ring of at least five people targeted syntactic foam, a key material for deepwater oil drillers that also has military and commercial uses. Hans Leo Hals, managing director for Trelleborg’s offshore operation based in Norway, met with leading oil and gas representatives in Mexico over a number of months to support improving the safety of Mexico’s offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico.
Energy companies began preparations to resume oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico a day after Tropical Storm Cristobal blew through with high winds and heavy rains. The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced the grant awards for eight projects focused on strengthening safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry. As a result of its investigation into the incident and its findings, the bureau recommends that operators increase scrutiny in the design, placement, and maintenance of their subsea infrastructure. Study Says Taylor Oil Spill Is up to 1,000 Times Worse Than Rig Owner's Estimate A new federal study estimates that, each day, about 380 to 4,500 gal of oil are flowing at the site where a company's oil platform was damaged after a hurricane. Up to 1,000 gallons of oil per day are being removed from the site of the Taylor Energy spill, says the owner of the company that installed a containment system.
With McDermott announcing “substantial completion” of the production platform, operator Pemex is expected to begin commercial operations soon. Abkatun-A2 will produce up to 220,000 BOPD from shallow-water fields in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal covers the installation of a pair of rigid flowlines for the shallow heavy oil field, Pemex’s largest discovery to date. Work is expected to be completed early next year. The engineering and construction company announced that it had achieved a pair of milestones for BP’s Angelin and Pemex’s Abkatun-A2 platforms, both of which are scheduled for delivery within the next two fiscal quarters.
McDermott was selected previously for a study of the FPU. Completion of the Trion project is expected in Q3. Several companies have provided updates on their North American LNG projects, including Pembina, LNG Canada, and Sempra. The outlooks vary from plans to move ahead to others seeking money to stay afloat. The decision may alleviate some of the pressures oil and gas producers faced in the wake of their imposition last year.
CNH President Juan Carlos Zepeda discusses the role of information management in Mexican energy reform and what lies ahead for the monumental industry transformation in an election year. Mexico’s Round 2.4 deepwater auction surpassed expectations as 19 of 29 blocks were awarded to 11 firms from 10 countries. OTC panelists were excited at the potential of deepwater exploration offshore Mexico and believe that opportunities there could eventually drive a big new wave of activity.
Finding niches that provide a competitive edge over larger operators has enabled Talos Energy to leapfrog into a powerful position with Mexico’s first offshore wildcat discovery. A major offshore discovery led by Talos Energy is the first successful wildcat well drilled by a private company in Mexico in almost 80 years and a milestone for the country’s recently enacted energy reform.
OTC panelists were excited at the potential of deepwater exploration offshore Mexico and believe that opportunities there could eventually drive a big new wave of activity. One of the oldest deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has become a profit-leader for the oil major during this downturn and is now a model for the company’s other floating assets. The new economic environment known as “lower for longer” has had no small effect on offshore safety, said a panel of experts at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference. Panelists at the Offshore Technology Conference largely doubted that the oil and gas industry is making full use of digital technology for fundamental transformation. Companies are rethinking offshore developments and in a very tough market are finding innovative ways of bringing some projects forward.