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Alex Crabtree

Principal Engineer Oceaneering International

Mr. Crabtree was previously a Consultant, and before that a Senior Advisor with Hess.

  • In previous features, the focus has been on what is new or reimagined. Therefore, I thought that, in selecting papers for this year’s feature, it would be useful to select ones that look at coiled tubing operations performed and that have been evaluated in one way or another.
  • The papers summarized in this year’s feature demonstrate the application and versatility of coiled-tubing-based solutions to different phases of a well’s lifecycle, from exploration through production and, finally, to abandonment.
  • The coiled-tubing (CT) industry, like other well-intervention segments, has applied lean philosophies to some aspects of its management, operations, processes, and equipment. When it comes to CT application to specific in-well operations, no two wells are the same.
  • If the papers presented at the SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition this March are anything to judge by, then coiled-tubing drilling seems to be regaining some interest in the broader market.
  • This year’s papers provide examples of efficiencies that have been brought about in coiled-tubing operations. The papers demonstrate how problem-solving techniques have been applied to improve such aspects as on-site processes, fit-for-purpose equipment, and more-effective treatment placement.
  • The coiled-tubing industry is adapting to the changing environment. The next 12 months could bring greater or lesser volatility but the coiled-tubing industry’s record last year indicates that it will still be moving forward.
  • The oil industry has responded rapidly to the decline in oil prices of these last few months.
  • Are we really in an industry that is so mature that it is devoid of new thoughts and incapable of generating new concepts to meet the challenges that we face?