JPT November 2021 Issue

JPT November 2021 Cover

On the Cover
Shell’s Vito floating production unit’s hull and topsides will be largely copied in the engineering and building of the Whale facility, both destined for the Gulf of Mexico. Source: Shell.

Monthly Features
Guest Editorial
Case Study
Distinguished Members
President's Column
Drilling and Completion Fluids
  • Recent developments in drilling-systems automation provide a multitude of opportunities to have real-time monitoring of drilling-fluid properties and early diagnosis of drilling-fluid-related complications that might arise while drilling. Coupled with closed-loop control of surface and downhole drilling-fluid properties, automated monitoring of fluid properties would …
EOR Operations
  • As the discovery rate of new hydrocarbon resources decreases, the need for more-efficient enhanced-oil-recovery processes increases. Unlike in the past, however, when the efficiency was defined in terms of maximizing the recovery factor (RF), the new interpretation of efficiency is based on optimizing the balance between RF and the reduction of carbon footprint.
Hydraulic Fracturing Model
  • In the past decades, the success of unconventional hydrocarbon resource development can be attributed primarily to the improved understanding of fracture systems, including both hydraulically induced fractures and natural fracture networks. To tackle the fracture characterization problem, several recent papers have provided novel insight into fracture modeling techniq…
Flow Assurance
  • Flow-assurance effects from slug-flow engineering, design, maintenance, and operations technical concerns still create and sustain challenging technical issues requiring safe, economical solutions for both onshore unconventional and offshore conventional production facilities.

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