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Automation-enabled fuel efficiency leads onshore drilling ESG

Intelligent monitoring software combined with energy storage, alternative fuel options demonstrate high potential for cutting emissions By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor As the land drilling sector comes under increasing pressure from investors and the general public to demonstrate better ESG performance, operators and drilling contractors are stepping up in a multitude of ways. “We’re setting goals to show that we’re serious about reducing our emissions,” said Garrett Jackson, Vice President of ESG and EHS at Devon Energy. “It’s something that’s going to require a lot of effort and a bit of investment to reach some of these reduction levels, but it’s something we’re committed to doing.”  Devon, like many other large operators, has announced a goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse ...

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Physics-based approach improves drilling of FORGE geothermal well by identifying, mitigating limiters

Workflow emphasized continual monitoring of EDR data and constant changes in well design, drilling practices By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor Geothermal drilling is a potentially valuable source of green energy, but scaling it globally will require developers to overcome a number of hurdles. For example, geothermal wells often require drilling through extraordinarily hard rock that can damage expensive equipment. It can also lead to low rates of penetration (ROP) and poor overall drilling performance that can lower a project’s economic value.  While new technologies are often seen as the solution to poor geothermal drilling performance, the application of physics-based drilling practices and workflows is another approach that can help drillers realize significant performance gains, according to Sam Noynaert, Associate Professor of ...

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RRC, TCEQ team up to streamline permitting process in Texas

In the years since unconventional drilling became more common, oil, gas, and pipeline operators have had an increased need to discharge produced or other sources of waste water. To obtain a permit for surface water discharges, operators may have needed to apply to both the Railroad Commission (RRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For related environmental activities,

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