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Chevron tests, compares single-cluster and multiple-cluster completion methods in Antelope Shale wells

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Creating multiple clusters per frac stage using the plug-and-perf method has been a common completion method for many years. However, this method can leave something to be desired when it comes to efficient treatment of each cluster, Amit Singh, Well Stimulation Specialist at Chevron, said in a presentation at the 2017 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 25 January in The Woodlands, Texas.

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US House votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM rule on methane emissions

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The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38, a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response...

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Drilling contractors urged to participate in API standards development

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IADC and API are both urging more participation from drilling contractors in API workgroups in the coming year. Work is ongoing for as many as 27 drilling-related standards this year, according to Roland Goodman, Manager of Upstream Standards at API. Of particular note are efforts to revise API Standard 53 and API Recommended Practice 54, which could each carry significant impacts on drilling operations. “It’s important that we get the drilling contractors involved in everything that we do that is drilling-related because they are the ones that are implementing many of these things,” Mr Goodman said.

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Industry may see more flexibility under Trump administration, but focus on operational risk unlikely to change

Michael D. Farber, Partner at Van Ness Feldman, said a new administration is not expected to bring drastic changes to BSEE’s focus on operational risk.  Mr Farber provided a regulatory forecast at the IADC Houston office on 19 January.

The oil and gas industry may be looking for changes to be made under the Trump administration, such as reversing the withdrawal of Arctic and Atlantic acreage from leasing and denial of Atlantic seismic geophysical and geological permits. However, when it comes to the Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement (BSEE), there will likely be policy continuity in the agency’s focus on operational risks, according to Michael D. Farber, Partner at the law firm Van Ness Feldman, and R. Scott Nuzum, Counsel at Van Ness Feldman. “When you think about the person who holds the job of BSEE director, each night before that person’s head hits the pillow...

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CT sleeves open in 2 DUC wells after 32 months downhole

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Halliburton recently announced that two of its RapidStart Initiator CT (casing test) sleeves opened after 32 months downhole. That time period represents an industry record for the successful operation of a toe sleeve, according to the company. Murphy E&P needed to perform a true casing integrity test and had deployed the RapidStart Initiator CT frac sleeve system as an interventionless means of establishing a flow path at the toe of the well. Both sleeves opened successfully after 32 months downhole in two drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells of more than 7,000 ft, with static bottomhole temperatures up to 215˚F. The sleeves were functional at a total pressure of 10,000 psi and provided a 30-min casing...

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New proppant transport technology targets high-salinity water applications

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Fairmount Santrol recently launched Propel SSP 350. It is an extension to the self-suspending Propel SSP proppant transport technology, which is designed to increase hydraulic fracturing efficiency in plays where produced water disposal costs are high and where there are constraints on freshwater availability. The 350 extension targets applications in high-salinity water plays, such as the Marcellus and the Permian. Its development was driven by the need for improved proppant transport and for reduced completions costs by removing the need for extra...

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Epstein: Industry must take different approach to fossil fuels debate

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Much of the developed world wouldn’t be able to enjoy the quality of life it currently enjoys without the benefits of fossil fuels. For example, crops that are harvested using gasoline-powered equipment feed millions of people, while petrochemicals are used to manufacture materials for life-saving medical equipment and supplies. However, the oil and gas industry hasn’t been very successful in communicating these benefits of fossil fuels to the general public. In a keynote speech at the 2017 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, Alex Epstein, author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” asserted that the industry shouldn’t approach the public debate about fossil fuels from a fact-based view. It should look at it in terms of competing moral frameworks, he said.

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