Archive | 2007

Drilling contractors deliver safety performance improvements through leadership, cultural change: Competitors take differing approaches to same goal

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Ross Richardson, KCA DEUTAG; John Karish, ENSCO International Inc Safety in the workplace is an issue confronting just about every organisation involved in the potentially hazardous oil and gas industry. So when two of the world’s leading drilling and engineering contractors moved to improve their safety performance, they took the unusual step of sharing […]

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Study produces supercement for annular seal and long-term integrity in deep, hot wells

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Fred Sabins, Paul Sonnier, Larry Watters, CSI Tech Exploration for natural gas shifts more and more to deeper reservoirs. Encouraging finds and increased demand reinforce the push for drilling wells with target formations deeper and deeper underground in hotter, higher-pressure conditions. This trend presents many obstacles in drilling, completion and production from these deep […]

Aramco uses swell packers to enable smart open-hole, multilateral completions for EOR

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Drew Hembling, Salam Salamy, Abdullah Qatani, Saudi Aramco; Neale Carter, Easywell; Suresh Jacob, WellDynamics Saudi Aramco has successfully used both horizontal and MRC wells (multilateral with greater than 8 km of reservoir contact) to enhance and maximize hydrocarbon recovery from its reservoirs. In recent years, the integration of both intelligent and passive inflow control […]

Sand control technology enhanced to fit complex deepwater, deep-shelf operations

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Chip Hale, BJ Services Company Deepwater and deep-shelf exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gain momentum, and each new extension of water and drilling depth issues the industry new challenges to traditional drilling, completion and production technology. As part of an optimal completion design, sand control technology faces its share […]

Drilling and testing of an HPHT deep gas prospect from an existing well: case history

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By M.J. Al-Saeedi, J.R.Singh, V.S. Mahesh, H.S. Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company; D. McKinnell, Total Kuwait The search for commercial quantities of non-associated gas from the Lower Mesozoic and Paleozoic horizons has been an important part of the exploration strategy of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) over a number of years. Four deep wells were drilled down […]

Kuwait Oil Co designs, builds semi-automated 3,000-hp rig to tap deep HPHT resources

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Ayad Al-Kandari and Mohammed Al-Saeedi, Kuwait Oil Company; Roger Kingsborough and T.W. Brewster II, Chevron; David McKinnell, Total Kuwait Drilling of deep HPHT wells in Kuwait requires both local and international drilling contractors to adhere strictly to overall required capacities of equipment for safely and efficiently drilling Jurassic and deeper exploratory prospects from depths […]

Saudi Aramco, Al Mansoori: Quick takes with Middle East innovators

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

Zuhair Al-Hussain, Saudi Aramco General manager, drilling & workover operations DC: Can you tell us about some of Saudi Aramco’s upcoming drilling projects? Al-Hussain: We’ve started the Khurais project, which calls for 1.2 million bbls/day and ranks as one of the world’s biggest projects. Progress is ongoing, and an integrated services contract has been awarded […]

Middle East’s critical energy industry evolves under market influences, geopolitical changes

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor Where does one begin? My brief is to paint, in the context of drilling and related well services, a picture of the Middle East, which as we all know is hardly off TV screens, newspaper front pages or radio newscasts. It’s been that way for years, with the writer first […]

Reservoir, drilling and real-time technologies increase Saudi Aramco reserves, production

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Wajid Rasheed, contributing editor Commonly cited as the largest oil company in the world and a “swing” producer in times of crisis, Saudi Aramco faces more challenges than your average operator. Not only does it need to replenish reserves and maintain production output, but whereas other oil companies can acquire reserves through stocks, for […]

ReedHycalog taking holistic approach to mitigating drilling vibrations to reduce NPT

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Andy Murdock and Steve Berkman, ReedHycalog Drilling vibrations have been identified by many operators as the leading cause of nonproductive time. With the current strong rig rates, nonproductive time, ranging from drilling inefficiencies to twisting off the drill string due to fatigue failure, has become even more critical. Symptoms of vibration problems that lead […]

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