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Service companies announce new valve, shale team at SPE annual meeting

Posted on 28 September 2008

The valve can be used either in simple intervention avoidance applications or in more versatile advanced reservoir management choking applications. For the choking application, the HS-ICV can be accurately positioned using the company’s Accu-Pulse incremental positioning module; alternatively, in dry tree applications, it can be positioned using its surface positioning technology. In either application, optional onboard position sensors track and provide real-time confirmation of the movement of the flow trim.

At a separate press event, BJ Services announced it has formalized its global shale technology team. The team will include experts focused on the research, development and delivery of shale technology solutions to customers operating in shale oil and gas reservoirs throughout the world. It will support BJ’s regional teams currently in place.

“As operators are able to economically produce the deeper, hotter, lower permeability wells, BJ Services has focused more of its efforts on understanding and engineering best practices and technologies to meet new completion challenges,” said Randy LaFollette, BJ manager of shale technology.

The team is based at the corporate Technology and Research Center in Tomball, Texas, and focuses on understanding the reservoir stresses and rock-pore system properties before recommending a fit-for-purpose completion technique. The group works with regional teams in gathering data, performing field studies and developing a network of solutions to the challenges of shale oil and gas reservoirs.

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