Keeping mature fields economically viable

Understanding current field and well production to help extend the life of a mature asset Mature fields provide about 70 percent of today’s global hydrocarbon production, yet we extract only about 35 percent of what we find. That means that for every 100 barrels we discover, we’re leaving 65 in the ground. An improvement in recovery of just one percent would deliver the equivalent of two...

Tech Paper: Study of Multilateral-Well-Construction Reliability

Examining 22 years of actual multilateral-well applications to determine true reliability Multilaterals are often cited as technology that can be implemented to maximize reservoir-recovery rates. However, few operators have been willing to put multilaterals into practice. The most frequently cited reason for not considering multilaterals is risk. Without access to data to show otherwise, it is difficult to overcome this industry perception of risk toward multilateral...

A Results-Driven Approach to Unconventionals

Understanding desired objectives and environmental changes in order to maximize production and reduce costs A frequent call to action in today’s oilfield environment is to do whatever we can to reduce costs and to improve the efficiency of the work. Understanding our own deliverables and costs allows us to identify areas for reducing costs and improving the value of the work we deliver. The unconventional market...

Case Study: Operator Saves USD 7.2 Million with Improved Drilling Performance and Sets New Field Benchmark

DES helps operator reduce drilling with potential savings of USD 115 million across field CHALLENGE – These shallow-water wells were typically drilled in about 93–105 days because of many factors, such as trajectory management, bit selection, limited hole cleaning, and bit hydraulic power design. Thus, the rate of penetration (ROP) and the additional time spent for hole cleaning were not optimal. To keep its operations economically...

Tech Paper: Enhance Production by Infinite Conductivity Technique Applied in Tight Formations

Pulsed proppant fracturing process helps provide enhanced and sustained production over conventional treatments The infinite conductivity theory to enhance production was introduced to the industry around 1971. Exploration from the 1970s to the 1990s focused on high permeability formations. The unconventional reservoirs and tight formations were left behind until new technology could enable hydrocarbons to be produced in economical manner. Operators seek methods to both increase...

Case Study: Mobile Testing Package Enables Early Production

Mobile express surface well testing system helps operator achieve production goals in new fields CHALLENGE – Parnaíba Gás Natural S.A. operates in Maranhão State and is responsible for about 10 percent of all natural gas produced in Brazil. While some of its fields are equipped with permanent measuring equipment, some of its remote wells are currently using the mobile express surface well testing system. Brazil’s industry...

Tech Paper: Fast Track Well Planning Borneo

Malaysian operator uses collaborative well planning method in their first fast track drilling operation in deepwater This paper highlights the phenomenal achievement of a Malaysian operator’s first fast track drilling operation in a deepwater well offshore Borneo. The collaborative well planning (CWP) method fundamental to the drilling success is discussed. The discussed drilling environment is an overpressured deepwater area that has not only forced the earlier...

Mature Field Rejuvenation with Top Hole Re-completion –Using Cement Packers

Accessing bypassed oil to capture bypassed cash-flow The oil and gas industry has been hard-hit by the economic downturn. We find ourselves dealing with an unprecedented situation: most financing channels are at punitive rates, and the equity capital markets are an option only for a select few. With oil prices only slowly recovering, there is an industrywide sense of urgency to identify ways to lower costs,...

Tech Paper: High Performance Water-Based Mud HPWBM: Turning Old Ways into New Opportunities

Novel alternative fluid system helps reduce waste management cost for both onshore and offshore wells For decades, wells targeting the Rotliegend reservoir in the Southern North Sea Basin have been drilled using conventional water-based mud (WBM) in the top hole section and oil-based mud (OBM) systems throughout the remaining sections of the well. The standard well design generated high waste disposal costs onshore and offshore, particularly with...

Case Study: GeoBalance® Service Helps Operator Save Big in Challenging Deepwater Environment

Automated managed pressure drilling system successfully drills ‘undrillable’ wells in 2,000 meters of water CHALLENGE – The operator elected to use managed pressure drilling to overcome these challenges. This project would also be the world’s first implementation of a MPD surface control system onto a MPD ready drill ship. The safe and successful implementation of Halliburton’s GeoBalance® MPD technology required an engineered approach working closely with...