SPOTLIGHT:

Downhole Technology

The oil and gas industry’s push for greater operational efficiency is making inroads below the surface. Operators have a raft of new downhole tools to help maximise production, save on costs and reduce risk. In this Spotlight on Downhole Technology, Upstream Technology examines a some of these tools and techniques, from nanotechnology for better completions to predictive analytics for corrosion control, new technology for wellbore inspection and the growing use of multilateral wells in unconventional hydrocarbon production.


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Keeping it together

Screens are a popular, albeit expensive, solution to dealing with sand production. Engineers at Saudi Aramco are betting that nanoparticles will keep the sand in the reservoir and oil production flowing.


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Well intelligence

In a bid to help keep drilling and completion costs down, one company is turning to drilling data to create formation evaluation logs.