Through data gathering, machine learning, and the use of a supercomputer, a non-profit organization in Texas is seeking to boost oil and gas production on land owned by the states’ two largest university systems. This paper reviews two newly developed novel completion systems that significantly reduce time spent performing multistage stimulation in environments where cost and consequence of failure are high.
Management of produced water is driving subtle yet potentially consequential changes in certain regions. By assessing these common elements, partial risk profiles for both conditions can be assessed. Stanford researchers have mapped local susceptibility to man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. The new model incorporates physical properties of the Earth’s subsurface and forecasts a decline in potentially damaging shaking through 2020. Stanford geoscientists have found a way to detect thousands of tiny tremors around hydraulic fracturing operations that could serve as predictors of eventual larger earthquakes.
Stanford researchers have mapped local susceptibility to man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. The new model incorporates physical properties of the Earth’s subsurface and forecasts a decline in potentially damaging shaking through 2020. Oklahoma is tightening its rules for hydraulic fracturing after studying a new cluster of earthquakes in one of the hottest US regions for drilling. Stanford geoscientists have found a way to detect thousands of tiny tremors around hydraulic fracturing operations that could serve as predictors of eventual larger earthquakes. For 300 million years faults showed no activity, and then wastewater injections from oil and gas wells came along.
Oilfield wastewater disposal volumes are expected to double in the Permian Basin within the next 2 to 3 years, a new analysis from global energy intelligence firm Wood Mackenzie shows. Former US Commerce secretary and energy executive Don Evans will lead a partnership of oil and gas firms that have pledged $100 million toward easing the civic strain of the shale oil and gas boom in West Texas and New Mexico. The rising oil production and produced water volumes in the Permian are expanding the scope and scale of recycling. Apache is aiming to have 50% of its hydraulic fracturing water made from recycled produced water this year.
A new proppant exhibits a neutrally wet surface, which does not have a preferential affinity for oil, gas, or water and therefore will not promote the preferential entrapment of any phase within the proppant pack. Bitumen is so viscous that the ultraheavy crude oil is often compared to peanut butter.
A new study questions whether the most widely reported production data is the best indicator of future output. In the keynote speech at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein explained the moral case for fossil fuels.
With multistage operations becoming the industry norm, operators need easily deployable diversion technologies that will protect previously stimulated perforations and enable addition of new ones. This paper reviews several aspects of the use of in-stage diversion. Significant production gains are being made with hydraulicly fractured wells using diversion to stimulate a higher percentage of the perforations.
A new spread of stimulation equipment from the world’s largest service company demonstrates the latest significant step to creating a more automated oilfield. Technology that allows researchers to see stress forming inside rock samples may help unravel some of the mysteries associated with fracture behavior.
Drilling and completion expenditure and activity is projected to show multiyear double-digit growth from 2018–2022 despite a flattening of rig count increases. This paper reports the completion of a two-lateral well in the Williston basin where produced water (PW), filtered but otherwise untreated, was used throughout the slickwater and crosslinked components of approximately 60 hydraulic-fracturing stages.