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Decarbonize oil and gas production

Leverage technologies and solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from every barrel produced

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Get closer to where—and when—it counts most

Because production operations produce the largest proportion of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the oil and gas value chain, they present the biggest decarbonization opportunity. Yet, we must consider decarbonization within the context of commercial reality and not in isolation. Get closer to the action to maximize ROI and minimize emissions per barrel.

Our approach involves tackling carbon emissions at their root cause. The closer we can get to the root causes of emissions, the greater the impact becomes and the greater value we can generate. When we get closer to the action, we help operators address their challenges across multiple dimensions:

  • distance between the reservoir and the location where emissions occur
  • delay between the creation of unwanted byproducts and their treatment
  • gap between concepts and field-proven solutions

Let us help you drive performance while cutting your carbon footprint.

Decarbonize Oil and Gas Production
Leverage technologies and solutions that help you "Get Closer to the Action" to drive performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from every barrel produced.
How we put get closer to the action into practice

Effective management of unwanted gas production

In Asia, a process engineer hired us to debottleneck a facility and reduce routine flaring. After analyzing the facility, we pivoted upstream, engaged the reservoir team, and identified excess free gas as the root issue. After measuring individual well contributions, the operator conducted an intervention campaign to shut off perforations in selected wells that were contributing excess free gas, which boosted oil production while reducing routine flaring emissions. This is what we mean by “get closer to the action.”

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Smart opportunities for water and emissions management

In Europe, we helped a customer with a produced water process retrofit package and completions strategies for an upcoming development. We used a Petrel™ E&P software platform module to get closer to the action: the potential root cause of the fluids in the reservoir. We examined the impact of active versus passive inflow control across all campaign wells using the Petrel advanced completion optimization (ACO) module. The resulting plan to install infinite-position electric interval control valves in several high-priority wells is calculated to increase net oil recovery by 7%, reduce produced water by 24%, and reduce gas lift gas volumes by more than 850,000 m3. This is what we mean by “get closer to the action.”

Data-driven, streamlined hydrocarbon and chemical control

A deepwater gas operator asked SLB to help develop a long subsea tieback concept. To prevent hydrate formation, we proposed injecting MEG at the subsea trees and reclaiming at surface. To measure any water breakthrough and accurately quantify MEG injection rates, a water sensor was installed on the subsea tree. The precise measurement of produced water and optimized MEG injection enabled the operator to maximize production while reducing emissions from both water treatment and MEG regeneration. By minimizing the turndown ratio of the low-pressure steam boiler used for MEG reclamation—the second largest fuel gas consumer at the central processing facility—the operator achieved greater than 40% reduction in fuel gas emissions and increased commercial gas volume. This is what we mean by “get closer to the action.”

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The technologies featured on this page are part of our Transition Technologies™ portfolio. Explore how these differentiated products and services support oil and gas decarbonization across the E&P value chain.

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