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Editorial: Leveraging Field Operations with Product Management
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From the formation through subsurface completion equipment to flowlines and surface facilities that initially process and transfer hydrocarbons, managing field operations involves all aspects of producing oil and gas. We discuss an innovative service approach to production management that has been used in a large waterflood project since 1991. Keys to this success are a cooperative with the asset owner and integrated processes that merge well and facilities engineering, installations, interventions and daily operating activities.
New technology, equipment and techniques allow operators to manage the production output from wells, maximize reserve recovery and increase asset value through real-time reservoir management. When combined with special subsurface valves that remotely control flow in the reservoir, sophisticated sensors and monitoring devices located downhole plus the latest modeling and interpretation software developments bridge the gap between yesterday's "dumb iron" and the intelligent completions of today and tomorrow.
Scale is one of the biggest problems faced by some oil and gas producers. Mineral deposits can build up in formations, well tubulars or surface facilities, seriously impacting production. In this article, we review the latest chemical, mechanical and jet blasting techniques to improve scale removal. And because prevention is often better than a cure, new scale inhibitors - chemicals that prevent or delay mineral deposition - along with innovative placement methods are being developed to control the formation of scale.
Improved operating conditions lead to greater efficiency, productivity and worker well-being. This article explains how ergonomic principles are used to develop safer equipment and work areas that facilitate optimal results. These principles can be applied in many oilfield environments; here, we highlight their use in the engineering of the newest vessel in the Schlumberger fleet, the Geco Eagle, which was designed in accordance with the requirements of seismic data-acquisition while keeping the needs of crew members in mind.
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