August 2019 Exclusive Story
New Facilities Drive Growing Export Volumes
The August issue’s cover story, which leads off the Hydraulic Fracturing Technology section, offers expert perspectives on how treatment designs continue to progress by leaps and bounds to both spur innovations in fracturing tools and improve bottom-line well performance. The Production Automation reports open with a Q&A offering insights into remote monitoring and automated control from a trio of industry players, while Seismic & Geophysics examines how sophisticated geoscientific approaches can shape real-time operational decisions and enable on-the-fly adjustments to optimize fracture jobs. Part two of Horizontal Well Architecture relates Hess Corp.’s efforts to improve well spacing in the Bakken/Three Forks. Finally, the Marcellus/Utica Activity Profile details how independents operating in that prolific region continue to push the technological envelope. Association news includes Official Convention Sections for KIOGA, PAW, EKOGA and NDPC. Cover photo courtesy of Weir Oil & Gas. Issue photography courtesy of Dawson Geophysical, Liberty Oilfield Services, CNX Resources Corp., and by Jim Blecha.
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TECHNOLOGY
COVER STORY: Advancements in fracturing technology have resulted in a massive cost reduction to commercially produce a barrel of oil, helping transform the economics associated with unconventional oil reservoirs. Although the development of U.S. horizontal resource plays has matured, key questions remain unanswered regarding wellbore spacing, parent/child well interactions, proppant and fluid volumes, lateral lengths, frac staging, and perforation strategies. The jury does not yet fully agree on the optimal answers, but multivariate analyses using real data provide invaluable clues to help operators converge on the best processes and design parameters in shale gas and tight oil plays.
| by Leen Weijers, Kevin Fisher and Paul Weddle
SEISMIC & GEOPHYSICS
HORIZONTAL WELLBORE ARCHITECTURE
MARCELLUS/UTICA ACTIVITY PROFILE