Spotlight: Unconventional Oil & Gas

Steering toward a common goal

Geosteering requires sophisticated technologies, mounds of data — and co-operation. Yet the teams tasked with drilling unconventional wells are often judged on conflicting performance metrics. However, mutual understanding can help geosteering teams overcome drilling challenges to deliver successful horizontal wells.

Ideas cascade for water management

Operators have always factored water handling into the cost of drilling and production operations. But the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing in North American shale plays has moved water handling from line item expense to central concern.

Cracking the code in tight shale

Oil moves through shale rocks, even though the physical structure of such rocks suggests it should not. That is only one of the confusing aspects of how best to exploit the shale oil plays, according to a rock mechanics expert.

Digital sentry

More than 100 people may enter and exit a location during unconventional well completions. Information about personnel movement in the field may be as critical to outcomes as the data collected by surface and downhole sensors.


Tech talk

Innovation gets real

Aberdeen’s fast-evolving FrontRow Energy Technology Group offers new hope for resource-constrained oilfield innovators currently working out of their garage or shed. Daydreamers need not apply, says technology-savvy oilfield service veteran Stuart Ferguson, the fledgling company’s chief executive


Field development

Retro perspective

Hindsight, the adage goes, is 20:20. But can it save 20% or more on new offshore development costs? For French major Total, that’s just a starting point

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Keeping it steel

Carbon steel may be strong, but it is no match for the corrosive effects of seawater. However, cathodic protection helps preserve the integrity of offshore steel structures.

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Life of field

Doubling down on digital

A digital twin maintained throughout an asset’s life can help keep the project on schedule during fabrication and anticipate repair needs once it is up and running

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Global prospects

Halliburton’s Dustin Young sees a future for international shale gas developments. But conditions above ground and below will set them apart from their North American counterparts.

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Cleaner injection

Completions systems specialist Tendeka has released its Cascade3 sand control technology, which the company says will eliminate failure mechanisms associated with water injection wells.


Cased collection

Schlumberger has introduced a spectroscopy service that the company says provides the industry’s first complete cased-hole formation evaluation and reservoir saturation monitoring with open-hole logging quality.


Swift platform

UK-based Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, off Egypt.


Heavy measures

Flow measurement organisation NEL has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which NEL says will help reduce financial exposure for operators and address challenges involved measuring heavy oil.


Irish survey

Sercel has commercially deployed its multi-sensor solid streamer, the Sentinel MS, for the first time, the company says.


Standardised support

With an eye on the fast-track offshore development market, Trelleborg’s offshore operation has introduced the Standardized Buoyancy Module system, an “off-the-shelf” buoyancy solution designed to be a viable alternative to custom options for some projects.


Extra protection

InterDam, the Dutch supplier of fire and blast resistant doors and walls to the oil and gas industry, is advocating more careful consideration of the effects of both blast and fire on oilfield architecture.