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Proposed sustainability index would use AI, uncertainty modeling to track well throughout its life cycle

Metrics-based methodology can be applied to create a ‘scorecard’ system to quantify progress throughout well planning, engineering and drilling By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor While the digital transformation has led to major advancements in the oil and gas industry, so far technologies such as cloud computing and digital twins have not been heavily leveraged to progress ESG goals. One opportunity, according to Robello Samuel, Chief Technical Advisor and Technology Fellow at Halliburton, is to apply digital technologies to quantify the sustainability of a well, in real time, starting from when it is designed through to its drilling and completion. Speaking at the 2021 IADC Sustainability Conference on 9 February, Dr Samuel presented the concept for an artificial intelligence (AI)-based methodology – ...

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Transparency in disclosures and better power management among industry’s key sustainability efforts

Panel session: Building internal commitment to sustainability is important, but so is the need for outside funding that can support carbon reduction initiatives By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor The world’s intensifying focus on reducing carbon emissions has placed the oil and gas industry under a microscope, with investors, regulators and the public at large all pushing for investments and improvements around sustainability. While many oil and gas companies have set clear carbon reduction targets, translating those ambitions into measurable results will take time. A panel session at the virtually held 2021 IADC Sustainability Conference on 10 February showcased the work that companies are undertaking to contribute to a low-carbon future. This includes instilling sustainability-focused cultures in their organizations, developing innovative ...

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Are electrically powered fleets the future of fracking?

E-frac systems tout emissions reductions and lower costs over time, but higher upfront capital requirements and lead times remain barriers By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor As the shale completions industry navigates the current economic and ESG landscape, it continues to be challenged by two significant and growing requirements: to find new cost efficiencies and to reduce its carbon footprint. While there is no magic bullet for either of these challenges, electrically powered fracturing (e-frac) fleets are shaping up to be one solution in the toolbox.  Currently, e-fracs make up only around 10% of the overall US frac market, according to Matthew Moncla, Chief Operating Officer at US Well Services. He estimates there are just 12-13 such fleets currently running in the ...

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Neptune Energy, EDF to pilot novel method for measuring offshore methane emissions

EDF will coordinate a team of international researchers to evaluate advanced methods for quantifying facility-level offshore methane emissions, identify key sources and prioritize mitigation actions. Drone, aircraft and methane sensing technologies will be deployed on the Neptune-operated Cygnus platform in the Southern UK North Sea to provide a close-up view of operations typical of a North Sea offshore facility.

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