The cutting edge of shale technology?

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…

Shale Productivity: Our “Top 50” Improvements

We still hear critics of the shale industry downplaying its productivity gains. Often, they are dismissed as a function of rising proppant intensity. We disagree. Enormous improvements are visible if…

Chevron: SuperMajor Shale in 2020?

SuperMajors’ shale developments are assumed to differ from E&Ps’ mainly in their scale and access to capital. Access to superior technologies is rarely discussed. But new evidence is emerging. This…

Shale: Upgrade to Fiber?

Completing a shale well depends on over 40 variables. Each one can be optimised using data. It follows that next-generation data could deliver next-generation shale productivity. This note focuses on…

Leading Companies in DAS?

This data-file quantifies the leading companies in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), the game-changing technology for enhancing shale and conventional oil industry productivity. For operators (chart above), our rankings are based…

DAS. At the cutting edge in shale?

This data-file summarises 25 of the most recent technical papers around the industry, using fiber-optic cables for Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS). The technology is hitting critical mass to spur shale…

Machine Learning to Optimise Rod Pumps

This data-file summarises progress using machine learning to maximise production from mature wells by detecting errors and optimising production. The algorithms are getting more accurate. Methodology. First, we tabulate the…

De-Manning Deepwater?

We have estimated the cost savings for de-manning an offshore oil platform, based on recent technical disclosures from Technip-FMC, as “the oil price slump in the past few years combined…

Shell: the future of LNG plants?

Shell is revolutionizing LNG project design, based on reviewing 40 of the company’s gas-focused patents from 2019. The innovations can lower LNG facilities’ capex by 70% and opex by 50%;…