This data-file reviews 300 technical papers from 2018 and 350 technical papers from 2019. Hence, we can identify the cutting edge of shale technology. Each paper is summarised, categorized by topic, by country, by basin, by company and by ‘impact’.
The YoY trends in 2019 show an incredible uptick in EOR, machine learning and well spacing studies, which are fully reviewed in the file.
On our assessment, one third of the papers support material improvements in well-productivity. c98% are data-driven, including c39% using advanced computational modelling and another c20% using data to optimise operations.
The Permian hosted the most research, pulling further ahead of other basins. You may be surprised by the identities of the companies publishing the most technical papers in shale.