The highest order of drilling automation technology, subsea production, and unmanned topside facilities are being tested internationally, but how are those experiments developing, and will they scale up to change the landscape of the sector?
International operators, contractors and service providers gathered online to address challenges, deliver improved performance and highlight emerging technologies and practices in the sector.
The obsession with better hydraulic fracturing has steadily pushed on shale production in year one, but the decline remains steep. Chemistry could help explain, and perhaps extend, the short productive life of these wells.
Extended reach wells provide access to otherwise inaccessible areas, improve production and reduce footprint. Advancements in completion technology allow producers to eliminate coiled tubing, perforation guns and milling out operations to lower project risks, costs, and environmental impact.
In a natural pivot from oil and gas E&P, former oilfield executives are taking up the hunt for helium. Helium is used in a wide variety of products, such as rocket ships and computer chips, and, while there is still plenty left to find on Earth, finding quality commercial quantities can be a difficult task and reserves are running low.