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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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This series of blog entries is extracted from a presentation developed for The Center for American and International Law’s 65th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference held in Houston, TX February 19-20, 2014.  The paper was presented by Kevin Ewing of & Giuliani LLP and by D. Nathan Meehan of Baker Hughes Incorporated. In parts […]

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Teflon: a happy accident that shaped world history In this blog entry I will discuss the discovery and invention of a technology everyone knows and most of us have used. The history of this product is fascinating. I believe that the course of world history may have been changed by this invention in a way […]

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This dummy valve is “smart” Gas lift is an artificial lift technology that uses gas injected (generally) from the surface through an opening in the production tubing to lower the density of the liquid column, allowing the well to be produced. In most modern completions, gas enters through one or more gas lift valves placed […]

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Living in Asia the last year and a half has been a particularly edifying experience for my wife and me. I began writing this article in Hyderabad and am finishing it in Ulaanbaatar. I have been fortunate to have traveled much of the world in my life but living in Hong Kong and working on […]

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Deepwater exploration, development and production present unique challenges to operators. Safe operations and protecting the environment are primary requirements. Minimizing risks and maximizing recovery are also among their top priorities. With average worldwide rig day rates remaining higher than $300,000 (drillships and semisubmersible rigs), there is no room for unexpected costs resulting from nonproductive time. […]

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For this blog entry I continue to quote from a White Paper prepared by Baker Hughes and available on our website. The complete paper can be obtained here. I will present it here in three parts. Minimizing risks with responsible fluids No regulatory body has documented a single case of fracturing fluid contaminating fresh water […]

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Production Sharing Contracts The first production sharing contracts (PSC) were signed in 1967 with Indonesia. The two parties to the PSC are the NOC and the IOCs, referred to as the “Contractor”.  Unlike tax/royalty systems, PSCs (in some countries also known as Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) generally transfer title to the produced hydrocarbons at the […]

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Shale Engineering Supports a Billion Dollar Investment in Montney Shale Play Baker Hughes RDS shale engineering models establish viability of Farrell Creek project I generally use original content in the blog, but today I would like to draw your attention to a case study from Baker Hughes. It is a good example of how interdisciplinary […]

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My first blog entry was “What’s a shale anyway?” and since then I have had a lot of interest from readers about a variety of shale topics. For this blog entry I have the interview I gave to AAPG Explorer that appeared in December 2010 issue. The article also quotes Scott Stockton. While the author […]

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