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JPT Technology Minute Poll: To Which of the Top Five UN Sustainability Development Goals Do You Think the Oil and Gas Industry Will Contribute the Most? The papers identified in the article cover sustainable development of oil and gas resources in various aspects. Flaring and emissions challenges have recently made news headlines around the world. The goal of this article is to engage you with this important topic by presenting a selection of recent SPE papers which address these challenges through various approaches. Operators face a dilemma in balancing the need for mud weight (MW) to remain below the fracture gradient to avoid losses, while also providing sufficient density to block influxes into the well. JPT Technology Minute Poll: Which Technology Would You Choose for Offshore Compression?
The objective of this study is to show how the capacitance-resistance model (CRM) was used on this field and how it validated the use of other independent methods. This paper presents the implementation of an approach for improving oil recovery by water-injection optimization using injection-control devices (ICDs) in unconventional reservoirs. The authors present a new data-driven approach to estimate the injection rate in all noninstrumented wells in a large waterflooding operation accurately. Currently, there are few studies on smart waterflooding in tight and very tight oil reservoirs. With the easy conventional oil in Argentina having been produced, one remaining way to find new oil in existing fields is to convert fields from primary or secondary production to secondary or tertiary production, respectively.
This paper studies the technical and economic viability of this EOR technique in Eagle Ford shale reservoirs using natural gas injection, generally after some period of primary depletion, typically through long, hydraulically fractured horizontal-reach wells. The Eagle Ford formation has produced approximately 2 billion bbl of oil during the last 7 years, yet its potential may be even greater. Using improved oil-recovery (IOR) methods could result in billions of additional barrels of production.
This paper presents technologies and best practices to improve oil recovery in mature fields through waterflooding optimization. These technologies have proved practical and cost-effective. Improvements in MEMS sensor technology are creating rapid momentum toward the use of tiny, rugged, and inexpensive sensors to replace larger, costlier, and more fragile legacy-technology sensors in directional drilling. A new holistic approach to optimizing wellbore economics is bridging the gap between planning and execution and bringing well construction into the digital era to improve data use, enhance collaboration, boost efficiency, and increase safety. At a recent global meeting of operations research and management sciences professionals in Houston, an ExxonMobil research executive stressed the importance of optimization and data analytics to company operations.
Methane emissions from California garbage dumps far surpass emissions from oil fields, according to a NASA survey. This paper discusses studies conducted on two California offshore fields that may be abandoned in the near future. These studies examined the feasibility of repurposing these fields for offshore gas storage by using their reservoir voidage and existing pipeline facilities. If proven economic, solar EOR technology could represent an environmentally and energy friendly solution for California’s heavy oil producers. In thermal enhanced oil recovery there is one big ingredient: steam.
Finding new and sizable oil and gas fields is becoming ever-challenging. Recent announcements of hydrocarbon discoveries are mainly marginal. In addition, the oil price volatility has hugely impacted the speed of investment in exploration and new development. With a considerably large amount of recoverable oil and gas remaining in various mature fields, oil companies have focused on adding value to existing assets. The objective of this workshop is to share knowledge and experience on cost-effective IOR/EOR methods for production improvement, as well as examples on strategies employed for extending field life and improving recovery for mature fields.
The cement industry is exploring carbon capture technology to reduce its carbon footprint. Oil and gas extraction using water has opened up new hydrocarbon resources. However they can produce four times more salty water byproduct than oil. Desalination in shale gas and polymer-flood EOR remain niche markets for lowering cost and improving production. Nanotechnology has great potential to reduce cost, increase production, and even improve the sustainability of E&P operations.
An AI-based application enabled operators to preempt ESP failures while optimizing production. Eni conducted a research project to explore the maturity of new technologies to enable economical development of deepwater prospects with tieback distances longer than 50 km and 150 km, respectively, for oil and gas fields. This paper identifies potentially significant hidden value of subsea multiphase boosting technology, or aspects of it that have not received adequate attention during the field-development decision-making process. The motto of the Olympic Games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” Latin for “faster, higher, stronger,” which emphasizes the concept of pushing the limits. As an engineer, that approach really speaks to me—and offshore installations, and especially offshore tiebacks, illustrate that concept very well.
Pemex and Talos Energy have 120 days to decide how to share a massive offshore field that both companies claim they should operate. Failure to come to terms means the government will decide the matter. Barbara Burger says the key interest areas for the supermajor’s portfolio of startup investments remains unchanged despite a new industry downturn. However, the environment is tighter and the way in which deals are made has already seen notable change. Have Oil Sands Producers Found an On-Off Switch for Their Wells?
The silver lining for those overseeing the unprecedented shut ins of tight-oil wells is the potential to acquire a wealth of reservoir data. But first, petroleum engineers need to monitor these wells and use the right analysis toolbox. A downhole compressor solution based on advanced magnetic technologies completed its first field trials in an unconventional gas well. The first of three major unconventional developments in Saudi Arabia has been given the green light. The project will underpin the country's goal to become a top gas exporter by 2030.