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There are two great truths tied to hydraulic fracturing. 1. It has helped improve people’s lives by enabling the oil and gas industry to tap reserves that otherwise could not have been recovered. 2. It has unleashed dramatic public opposition.   I am disappointed to see public opposition to hydraulic fracturing, because I think, for the biggest part, it is unfounded. [...]

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The first brief flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 did not immediately make the Wright brothers famous; however, within 5 years, enthusiasm for the new technology began to spread around the world. Louis Blériot won a prize for flying over the English Channel in a heavier-than-air craft in 1909, and Charles Lindbergh won the USD [...]

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  Hydrocarbons have never been easy to find or produce. Now, in addition, we must contend with low prices. But, to the more-than 7 billion people on our planet, whose quality-of-life depends on safe, affordable energy, the price of oil and gas does not matter. D. Nathan Meehan, Baker Hughes Hydrocarbons have never been easy [...]

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As 2016 SPE President I have the opportunity to share messages with industry professionals and students around the world. Two of Baker Hughes’ core messages occur in nearly every talk. First, our purpose: Enabling Safe Affordable Energy Improving People’s Lives. Second, the Perfect HSE Day. This concept really rings true. Here is my December, 2015 [...]

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Originally published as http://spe.org/jpt/article/10176-presidents-column-36/ As 2016 SPE President I often speak of Baker Hughes’ purpose. In this post I would like to talk about the mission of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)? Why do we collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge? There are plenty of reasons why such activities are valuable. Our mission statement [...]

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2016 SPE President’s Column published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology Each SPE president chooses a tagline for his or her monthly column, often referencing an  underlying theme. Improving people’s lives is what we do as petroleum engineers, so it is an important theme for us. Oil and natural gas production raises the standard of living [...]

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Nathan Meehan is senior executive adviser at Baker Hughes, where he advises executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues. Previously, he served as the president of CMG Petroleum Consulting, an independent consultancy; vice president of engineering at Occidental Petroleum; and general manager of exploration and production at Union Pacific Resources. Meehan earned a BSc in [...]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog post was originally a white paper by H.C. Freitag and his team at Baker Hughes. STEP 1. SCREEN AND SELECT CANDIDATE WELLS Selecting rejuvenation candidates with the best risk/reward ratio from an operator’s hundreds—or even thousands—of wells [...]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog entry was originally published as a white paper by Baker Hughes and was authored by H. C. Freitag and his team. ABSTRACT In the North American shale plays, the most popular approach to developing assets is built [...]

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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ In our last blog post we looked at the various flow mechanisms potentially associated with ultra-low [...]

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