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• When Occidental Resources switched to bigger fracture designs to produce more oil, it produced more water as well. Based on research done since, they cannot have one without the other, and at the oil prices recently seen, that’s OK.
• An automated detection application helped identify stringers early for an operator of a mature field in the North Sea while drilling multilateral wells through reservoir sections containing hard calcite stringers interspersed in sand formations with low unconfined compressive strength. The application guided drilling decisions that minimized invisible lost time and sh…
• This case study demonstrates an estimated cost savings of AICD completions in six wells of more than $20 million in capital and operating expenses compared with a more conventional sliding side door completion to manage gas breakthrough. • The Gulf’s offshore wind future is no breezy affair as governments and industries must work together to meet lofty goals. • Glynn Williams, CEO of Silixa, offers his take on the role fiber-optic technology will play in the rise of CO2 storage and on the firm’s progress in the tight-rock sector. • Devon, Shell, and SM Energy offer some of their latest learnings from recent independent subsurface diagnostics projects. Their work underscores why this arena of technology has become a cornerstone for hydraulic-fracture design in tight-rock reservoirs. • The partnership of Subsea 7 and Flasc has a plan to use out-of-service pipelines as pressure vessels in a hydro-pneumatic energy storage concept. • The assumption of lower emissions from natural gas only holds true when the methane leaks and flaring are addressed. Mitigation of methane emissions offers an opportunity for the oil and gas industry to drastically reduce overall emissions that are typically reported on a CO2-equivalent basis. Some producers opt to showcase their good performance via voluntary certifi… • Drillers are working to find ways to break some bad data habits. Those problems can range from the use of multiple formulas to calculate mechanical specific energy to timekeeping systems where the clocks and the time records are often off. • With speakers from various disciplines and professions, the program focuses on industry trends, challenges, and technology applications and advances. • How do you make new money from old offshore fields? The choice between investing in older assets or decommissioning them depends on oil and gas prices, the ingenuity of technical people, and the willingness of a company’s executives to hold on to older assets. • It has often been considered risky to use heavy drillships in depths below 2,000 ft. However, a good measure of innovation and market timing has recently proved otherwise. • This year, the SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition–Americas will be held 23–25 August in Galveston, Texas, with the theme “Modern Artificial Lift–Adapting to a Changing Industry.” The event provides opportunities for technical professionals to gain insights into current trends and field experiences and explore innovative solutions. A special Legends of Ar… • An emissions-reduction study conducted for a Middle East operator identified potential annual savings of$10 million–\$15 million, a 20% decrease in total Scope 1 CO2eq emissions, and 10 MW of energy reduction and delivered more than 100 recommendations for both technical and internal framework improvements.
• Something often talked about but rarely occurs is the reuse of an existing, but idled, production platform on a new field. LLOG wants to change that with ambitions to rejuvenate the former Independence Hub floating production system for use on its Leon/Castile project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
• Terry Palisch is the nominee for 2024 SPE President. He and five others make up the new slate of nominees recommended for positions open on the SPE International Board of Directors.
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