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Tracing a Path to Better Oil & Gas Shale Production

Tracerco, patented, pioneered and continues to enhance technology that enables the measurement of individual gas, oil, and water stage production along the length of a wellbore, without well intervention. This inexpensive technology provides confirmation that a wellbore is open to flow, identifies a ...

Callum Grieves


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > Chemical Enhanced Oil RecoveryReservoir CharacterisationReservoir Analysis +2

On OPEC Day, US Operators Focused On Making Better Wells Instead

While the rest of the world focused on OPEC on November 30, US operators were focused on making their tight oil wells more effective with cutting edge innovation. I spent OPEC day in Houston with 35 senior US completions executives at the Darcy Completions Forum , squarely focused on emerging tech ...

Joseph Triepke - Infill Thinking


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > completionsFrackingTechnology +2

Oilfield AI? Let's not forget the human element

Machine learning is great, but effective well management means getting the right data to the right humans – where and when they need it. By Grant Eggleton Drilling and production engineers are well-acquainted with the constant grind of firefighting that defines so much of well management. Dete ...

Clara Fuge - P2 Energy Solutions


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > aimachine learningArtificial intelligence +1

Regulations, green concerns and legal issues have made life hell for the landman – if only there were one map to rule them all

Leaders in the upstream sector are under intense pressure to drive business value for their companies. Land management is a significant, but complex and uniquely challenging part of that challenge. There is so much to be taken into account when drilling a well, from ownership to shifting government ...

Clara Fuge - P2 Energy Solutions


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > land managementleasefield operations +1

Can American Shale Keep It Up?

The New York Times recently published an Op-Ed on the American shale industry that garnered significant attention within the oil and gas community. The piece was written by Bethany McLean , co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room —the book-turned-documentary that many consider to be the defi ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 2 years agoOpinion > Chesapeake Energy CorporationShaleshale oil industry +6

Hope Is Not A Strategy

Imagine a contest between two horses. History suggests one of the animals, having lost the majority of its races against the competitor, is the slower of the two. You are given even odds. Would you bet on the slower horse? The answer, of course, is no. Only a glutton for punishment would take even ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > OilfieldsuppliersOil and Gas Industry +7

Surviving the Promises of Technology

Over the years  technology  has played a heralded role in the oil and gas industry. It still does today. Pick up any trade publication and chances are you'll find at least one well-worn tribute to its importance. Yet, the fixation on hi-tech hasn't been without problems. It's even been value-destr ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Baker HughesBHGEAccelerating Technology +6

Rule of Thirds: Breaking It Down in the Midstream

Shrinking E&P budgets, weak commodity prices, the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The case for greater emphasis on customer satisfaction in the oil and gas industry has never been stronger. Providers of midstream services, and their stakeholders, ignore the evidence at ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 9 months agoOpinion > midstreamOil Gathering LinesMarkWest Energy Partners +4

Pirates on the Prowl in the Offshore

Opportunists lurk in today's offshore oil and gas industry. And like the buccaneers of old, they are starting to make waves. Last week, Luminus Management issued a press release criticizing the management and board of Valaris . Luminus, through its affiliates, owns 18.7% of Valaris. The firm ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 9 months agoOpinion > valarisENSCORowan +7

Can Oilfield Suppliers Save Themselves?

Few sectors have ever fallen farther over any extended period than oilfield suppliers have since the beginning of the current industry downturn in  June 2014 . Relative to the broader market, the sector's decline may be totally unprecedented. Six years ago, Saudi Arabia fired the round felt around ...

Doug Sheridan - EnergyPoint Research


Posted 2 months agoOpinion > WeatherfordSchlumbergerHalliburton +4

What has gone wrong with oil prices, debt, and GDP growth?

Our economy is a mystery to almost everyone, including economists. Let me explain the way I see the situation: (1) The big thing that pulls the economy forward is the time-shifting nature of debt and debt-like instruments . If we want any kind of specialization, we need some sort of long-term ob ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Gail Tverbergoil price

2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me ex ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Gail Tverberg

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the “invisible hand” of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, “In a free market economy, self-interested individuals operate through a system of mutual interdependence to promote the general benefit of society at large.” We talk ...

Gail Tverberg


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > Gail Tverberg

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are showing early signs of abating, rai ...

Oilprice Staff


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > oilpriceoil price

The Top 5 Places To Work In U.S. Oil And Gas

Anadarko Petroleum and Chevron have emerged as the top two employers in U.S. oil and gas, according to a survey conducted by the job site Indeed. The top five for the industry was completed by Plains All American at #3, Occidental Petroleum at #4, and Noble Energy at #5. Indeed said that it ran ...

Oilprice Staff


Posted 3 years agoOpinion > oilpriceAnadarko CorporationChevron Corporation +3
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