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We will leave USC at 7:30 AM to take the Boat ride to the Islands at 9am. The tour will take about 2 hours and we shall return by 1pm. We will be visiting one of the 4 islands in the Long Beach Harbor that are the sites of drilling and production into the East Wilmington Oilfield. THUMS islands, built in the 1960s, allow the eastern portion of the field to be produced with environmental, spatial and logistical efficiency. Come and learn how these islands are both beautiful and practical. The tour will include a boat ride around Long Beach Harbor, a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the islands, a close-up view of an active drill rig, the production office where all the island wells are monitored, and award-winning landscaping designed by the same architect who created Disneyland’s Tomorrow Land. All must wear closed-toed, flat shoes (no heels or open-toed shoes allowed). Goggles and hardhats will be provided.
Asia is set to increase its decommissioning activities as more fields are reaching the end of their economic life in the years to come. With limited experience, increased complexity and the involvement of multiple stakeholders, the implementation of an effective decommissioning and abandonment plan requires thorough verification, extensive collaboration and detailed planning. As the region advances its decommissioning activities, it is critical for industry to progress discussions and harness collective efficiencies to develop a roadmap to ensure the right technologies, capabilities and knowledge are deployed whilst maintaining a healthy balance sheet. This session will engage leaders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges, share experiences and lessons learnt, and deliberate how stakeholders can work together and focus on what can be done to keep the integrity of the environment and the decommissioning journey safe, efficient and effective. The current presentation date and time shown is a TENTATIVE schedule.
The oil and gas industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a concern it has been seeking to address for some time. The complete paper reviews the types of renewable energy used in oil and gas fields that have appeared in the literature. Use of renewables offers many advantages, including saving hydrocarbon resources, minimizing the oil industry’s GHG emissions, and enhancing its public image. Technologies used to capture the sun’s energy can be classified into two categories, photovoltaic (PV) cells and concentration of solar power (CSP). Both technologies have been used in the field successfully to support oil and gas production.
A horizontal-steam-injection pilot project has been under way for the last 4 years in the Kern River heavy-oil field in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. This paper presents an investigation into the effect of catalytic nanoparticles on the efficiency of recovery from continuous steam injection. The operator has initiated a cyclic-steam-stimulation project in the Opal A diatomite of the Sisquoc formation on the Careaga lease in the Orcutt oil field in Santa Barbara County, California.
A horizontal-steam-injection pilot project has been under way for the last 4 years in the Kern River heavy-oil field in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed a solid pellet that can transport bitumen and heavy oil by railcar instead of pipelines. The addition of a hydrocarbon condensate to steam operations in heavy-oil and bitumen reservoirs has emerged as a potential technology to improve not only oil recovery but also energy efficiency.
As tight-oil producers move to curtail production, hard-to-answer questions are being raised about how shuttered wells will come back. The issue reveals key uncertainties about the delicate flow paths that define unconventional reservoirs. Pioneer's Analytics Project Reveals the Good and Bad of Machine Learning A recent research effort has shown that the digital journey is full of stumbling blocks. Just like humans, advanced computing technology will get some things right and some things wrong. Top US seismic experts say they are keeping a watchful eye on ground shaking in the state as new concerns are raised in neighboring Texas.
As wells across the US shale sector are brought back onto production, they may want to do so strategically to learn about the connectivity of their wells. One challenge will be in selecting a model that delivers the most insight. The development marks the second-largest shale producer to file for Chapter 11 since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that sent crude prices reeling. Greg Leveille said he is optimistic that the shale sector will be able to bounce back from its second downturn in 5 years. The trick this time, he says, will be not just investing in new digital technologies but putting them to work.
The complete paper describes piloting the collection and analysis of distributed temperature and acoustic sensing (DTS and DAS, respectively) data to characterize flow-control-device (FCD) performance and help improve understanding of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) inflow distribution. A company is selling a new well testing tool designed to be a cheaper, simpler way to do fiber optic sensing, and then it fades away. With the availability of more-complex smart-well instrumentation, immediate evaluation of the well response is possible as changes in the reservoir or well occur. Mechanical-diversion techniques can ensure acid injection into the various intervals of naturally fractured reservoirs. This paper presents results from full-scale testing of a flexible riser equipped with embedded sensors for distributed-temperature sensing (DTS).