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US Job Numbers Up for OFS and Equipment Industry, But Outlook Remains Unclear The increase in OFS and equipment sector jobs over the past 2 months came amid higher oil and gas production. But increases in COVID-19 cases are causing uncertainty about when and how much demand will rise. Texas Regulator To Place New Limits on Allowable Flaring Oil and gas producers in the state are being asked to submit data and economic analysis on why they cannot sell natural gas before they are granted permission to flare it. UAE Has Become World’s Newest Producer of Unconventional Gas The first delivery of shale gas in the UAE marks a major milestone toward its goal of reaching 1 Bcf/D by 2030. It also signals the expansion of hydraulic fracturing in the UAE’s conventional fields.
New wet-sand systems such as the one shown here may be the next big cost-cutting step for the unconventional sand sector. By eliminating the drying step, US operators can save up to $10 per ton of sand. Then it gets wet again. Such is the unassuming life cycle of most every grain of sand ever pumped down a horizontal well along with millions of gallons of water and into the freshly opened fractures of a tight-rock formation in the US. But what if the sand never had to be dried?
Sinopec recorded China’s highest daily output of shale gas at 20.62 million cubic meters (Mcm) at its Fuling shale-gas field in Chongqing, China, a key gas source for the Sichuan-East gas pipeline. The first major commercial shale-gas project in China, Fuling has continuously broken records for the shortest gasfield drilling cycle while significantly increasing the drilling of high-quality reservoirs covering more than 3 million m, according to Sinopec. Gasfield production construction was also expanded to raise production capacity. The company said the field maintains a daily output of 20 Mcm, producing an estimated 6.7 Bcm per year. Apache filed appraisal plans for its Maka and Sapakara oil discoveries in block 58 offshore Suriname.
NextTier Oilfield Solutions announced today that it has recently started field testing electric fracturing pump technology developed by National Oilwell Varco (NOV). The two Houston-based energy companies are looking to the electric-based systems, also known as e-fleets, to improve efficiency and lower emissions at unconventional wellsites in the US. NextTier is currently using prototypes in the field and, if the pilot proves out, then the pressure pumper may end up purchasing the first e-fleet manufactured by NOV, the announcement said. NextTier added that its pending adoption of e-fleets would complement its dual-fuel fracturing fleets that can run on either diesel fuel or cleaner-burning natural gas. Like other commercial e-fleets, NOV’s system relies on gas turbines to generate power that is then used to drive the high-horsepower pumps.
After a year’s worth of hyperactive volatility, the outlook for oil production next year looks positively comatose. Both the big oil-producing countries in OPEC and the US shale producers appear likely to be delivering volumes in between the lows reached during the worst of the COVID-19 demand swoon and last year’s all-time high. With another surge in COVID-19 cases in progress worldwide, OPEC said it would stick with its current quotas because moves to slow the incidence of the infections are likely to stall demand growth, or worse. OPEC+, which includes Russia and other countries from outside the 13-member organization, predicted demand rising to 96.84 million B/D in the monthly report, down 80,000 B/D from its previous outlook, according to Reuters. Oil prices rose after that news but also likely benefitted from optimistic reports from two vaccine developers that said their clinical trial results to date indicate effectiveness.
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Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy plans to shed nearly $1.25 billion in debt as it enters a court-supervised Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, according to a company statement on 14 November. Gulfport operates in the Oklahoma’s SCOOP and Ohio’s Utica Shale and as of the second quarter of this year was operating a single rig in each play. The company formed a new executive team in 2019 which was tasked with trimming costs and improving cash flow. However, Gulfport’s large debt load combined with long-term pipeline contracts meant it was on an unsustainable footing given current natural gas prices, ultimately driving its decision to enter bankruptcy, David Wood, president and CEO of Gulfport, said in the announcement. A prepackaged restructuring agreement was reached with most of the natural gas producer’s credit lenders and senior noteholders.
Tao, Liang (Oil and Gas Technology Research Institute Changqing Oilfield Company, Petrochina Company Limited) | Guo, Jianchun (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, China) | Halifu, Mirinuer (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, National Research University, Russia) | Zeng, Jie (The University of Western Australia) | Li, Ming (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, China) | Chen, Chi (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, China) | Zhao, Yuhang (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, China)
Rock wettability is the key factor affecting the microscopic distribution of fluids in rock pores and the interaction between fluid and rock. However, the shale from the Longmaxi Formation (LF) in Sichuan Basin is rich in organic minerals, which make the quantitative test of mixed wettability of shale very difficult. In this study, firstly, the micro-pore structure of shale was quantitatively characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Secondly, a new experimental apparatus for shale water spontaneous imbibition under the conditions of formation temperature and confining pressure was designed. Finally, the wettability index was proposed to quantitatively evaluate the water wettability, oil wettability and mixed wettability of shale. The experimental results shown that the organic-rich shale has complex mixed wettability, which was both water-wet and oil-wet. The contact angle of shale samples tested with distilled water were 13.5° and 70.5°, and the contact angles tested with kerosene were 0° and 9.6° at room temperature. The higher temperature the stronger shale hydrophilicity will be, and the water wettability of shale increases with the imbibition time.Therefore, a large amount of fracturing fluid spontaneously permeates into the shale micro-nano pores in the process of hydraulic fracturing, which is an important reason for the low flowback efficiency of shale gas wells. The research results provide effective guidance for the optimization of flowback system.
Ekundayo, Jamiu (Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University and State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation) | Rezaee, Reza (Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University) | Fan, Chunyan (Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University)
Gas desorption is one of the major gas transport mechanisms in shale gas reservoirs. However, its actual contribution to gas production is often masked by the indiscriminate use of adsorption-derived parameters for desorbed gas volumes during gas production calculations at reservoir conditions. Traditionally, it is believed that gas adsorption is fully reversible at the high-pressure, high-temperature conditions found in shale gas reservoirs.
In this paper, we studied methane adsorption and desorption isotherms using three shale samples at a reservoir temperature of 80oC. The resulting isotherms were modelled using the Langmuir model, following the conversion of measured excess amounts to absolute values. Lastly, a compositional 3D dual-porosity model was developed with CMG-GEM to test the effect of sorption hysteresis on gas production from a shale rock. For each sample, a base scenario, equivalent to a "zero-sorption" case, was compared against two other scenarios representing the two sorption processes.
For each sample, significant hysteresis was observed between the adsorption and desorption isotherms, with the desorption isotherms resulting in lower Langmuir parameters than the corresponding adsorption isotherms. For each process, Langmuir volumes showed a positive correlation with total organic carbon (TOC) contents. Also, the simulation results showed that gas production was lowest for the base case and highest for the adsorption case for each sample. This implies that neglecting the contribution of gas desorption can result in under-prediction of the gas production performances. On the other hand, using adsorption parameters to simulate desorbed gas volume could result in over-estimation of gas production performances.
Zeng, Lingping (Curtin University) | Iqbal, Muhammad Atif (Curtin University) | Reid, Nathan (CSIRO) | Lagat, Christopher (Curtin University) | Hossain, Md Mofazzal (Curtin University) | Saeedi, Ali (Curtin University) | Xie, Quan (Curtin University)
Megalitres of water with associated dissolved oxygen are injected into shale reservoirs during the hydraulic fracturing process. Pyrite oxidation, if it occurs
The spontaneous imbibition tests show that the salinity of fluids in ambient conditions is higher than the limited or vacuumed saturation fluids, confirming that pyrite oxidation generates H+ which would dissolve minerals such as calcite and dolomite. This result is also supported by the observed pH and the concentration of dissolved Ca2+. The fluid fully saturated with O2 has the lowest pH and highest Ca2+ compared to limited O2 saturation condition and degassed condition. Scanning electron microscopy analyses show that brine saturation barely affects the morphology and elemental distribution of pyrite at ambient conditions, suggesting that pyrite oxidation plays a minor role in fluid salinity. Geochemical modelling also indicates that although pyrite oxidation can slightly increase fluid salinity, the salinity increment is less than 5% of reported flowback water salinity, confirming that the dissolved O2 in hydraulic fracturing fluids has a minor effect on fluid-rock interaction thus the salinity increment. This work demonstrates that pyrite dissolution at lab-scale would overestimate the impact of fluid-shale interactions and calcite dissolution in reservoir conditions. We prove that pyrite dissolution in