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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.
The Netherlands will reduce production of its Groningen gas field by 10% from October to limit the risk of earthquakes, the country’s economy minister said in a letter to parliament on 18 April. The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit on 3 March in tribal court in Oklahoma against 27 oil and gas producers, seeking damages for an earthquake they said was caused from man-made activity related to hydraulic fracturing.
A multibillion dollar boom in petrochemical plants proposed along the US Gulf Coast could pump as much greenhouse gas into the air as 131 coal-fired power plants by 2030, according to a study released by researchers at The University of Texas. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent. The Netherlands will reduce production of its Groningen gas field by 10% from October to limit the risk of earthquakes, the country’s economy minister said in a letter to parliament on 18 April.
An 18-month project will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of Total facilities. A consortium of organizations has set out to tackle one of the more enduring challenges in the North Sea: the nondestructive testing (NDT) of corroded pipes under insulation and engineered temporary pipe wraps. General Electric has launched a subsidiary to develop and sell the use of flying, crawling, and swimming drones for inspections in the oil and gas industry, among others, the company announced. Behind the use of most drones and unmanned aerial vehicles is the issue of safely and legally operating beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS).
Anyone selling something new for offshore exploration and production has to be able to answer a simple question from customers, “How can we save some money?” For Norwegian oil companies, change is coming in many forms: steel, sensors, software, and standards. A panel discussion at the 2016 OTC in Houston focused on the factors that influence deepwater developments, the scenario for the future, and the opportunities available within the industry. One key question asked was: What oil price is required to keep deepwater viable over the long term? Representatives from various national oil companies, multinational operators, service companies, and fabricators discuss the roles individual countries in the Asia Pacific region will play in the global oil market and the overall development of the region.
The evolution of hydraulic fracturing is a long and circuitous one that deserves examination. Engineering and completions leaders from Liberty Oilfield Services did just that, authoring a paper that encapsulates the high points in the development of the groundbreaking completions practice. Houston-based Surge Energy drilled the Medusa Unit C 28-09 3AH well in the Midland Basin to a TMD of 24,592 ft, with a total horizontal displacement of 17,935 ft, or 3.4 miles. Range Resources' drilling head talks about how the company went from drilling the shortest laterals in the Marcellus to the longest and why. A producer and a service company have collaborated to develop a downhole system to merge multilateral technology and intelligent completions to create “smart laterals.”
A North Sea field development included installation of long 4½-in. To minimize overall risk, the operator planned to use managed-pressure drilling (MPD). This paper discusses an expandable-liner-hanger (ELH) system that provides liner rotation during the liner deployment and the cementing operation while providing a hydraulically energized liner-top seal upon setting.
Two discoveries offshore Mexico add to April’s finding in the Norwegian Sea. The Esox-1 well encountered 58 m of high-quality oil-bearing Miocene reservoirs and will be tied back to Tubular Bells production facilities. The Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 wells have derisked up to 50 Tcf of gas initially in place from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient to support a world-scale LNG project, partner Kosmos Energy said. India’s ONGC reported an oil find in Colombia’s Llanos Basin as well as a gas and oil discovery in Brazil’s deepwater Sergipe Alagoas Basin. Development of the Tolmount East discovery will be fast-tracked, the operator said.