Downhole Water Detection and Measurement – Not a One-Size-Fits-All Process

Water is a significant by-product of the production of oil and gas – in some cases, accounting for up to 95% of produced fluids. The resulting reduction in revenues, coupled with the costs of water treatment and safe disposal, can render a well uneconomic – and even stop production altogether. But conventional techniques for monitoring the production profile of a well to enable troubleshooting are less effective in the increasing number of horizontal wells. Gaining insights into water production and location of inflows requires a number of trade-offs to be considered spanning accuracy, technology selection, measurement location and of course, cost. So what options are currently available to operators of oil and gas wells and what challenges remain?
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Oilfield Water Management Planning for Unconventional Oil & Gas Plays

With water scarcity a major concern of many oil and gas operators, new water management planning techniques and engineered water solutions are being developed that allow for produced water to be treated and reused to decrease fresh water consumption and disposal requirements in Unconventional Oil and Gas (“UCOG”) plays.  By satisfying a portion of oilfield water demands with reused production water, is it possible for operators, to reduce fresh water consumption while still reducing costs?  The answer is yes with the proper water management strategy. [Read more…]

What’s Next for America’s Biggest Oil & Gas Producing States: Texas

If the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” is right about one thing, it’s the Texas oil and gas industry. No other state comes close to the Lone Star State’s share of U.S. oil production, which was 36 percent of all oil produced in the U.S. in 2013.
It’s safe to say that Texas is largely responsible for the United States’ ranking as one of the top oil-producing countries in the world. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported last September that if Texas were a separate nation, it would rank as the ninth largest oil-producing country in the world, outpacing major global producers such as Brazil, Venezuela, Nigeria and Kuwait.
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