New Deepwater Technologies from JPT Young Technology Showcase
Recorded on February 20, 2014 (90 minutes)

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The SPE JPT defines Young Technology as new technology that has been recently deployed and has significant impact on the industry. 

This webinar event is mini-panel of young technologies deployed in deepwater which have been featured in JPT under the Young Technology Showcase series.  It will feature a short keynote addressing the importance of new technology for present and future deepwater developments, followed by two presentations on Young Technologies.  Each presentation is allotted 15 minutes followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A period.  After all of the presentations, the floor will be open for questions and discussion.

The two presentations include:

1. A new Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) technique called EC-Drill for use on floating drilling vessels.  This technology falls under the broader category of Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD).  EC-Drill actively adjusts the level of the drilling fluid in the riser to shift the wellbore pressure profile allowing for compensation of Equivalent Circulating Density (ECD) effects.  This enables drilling operations to be performed while maintaining constant static and dynamic bottomhole pressures.

Also presented are results from the application of EC-Drill during well operations offshore Cuba in 7500 ft water depth.  In this case study, the technology enabled drilling through a previously un-drillable formation permitting the well to safely reach total depth.  The formation in question was depleted resulting in hole stability problems when drilled conventionally.  The capability of keeping the BHP constant during all operations in the narrow pore/fracture pressure window allowed the interval to be successfully drilled.

2. Today’s oilfields are continuously increasing in complexity, risk and cost. Because of these constraints, the gathering of reservoir surveillance data with permanently installed sensors or production logging tools (PLT) may often be cost-prohibitive or technically unfeasible. As a consequence, operators are faced with a significant amount of uncertainty in reservoir management and are forced to make assumptions about reservoir performance that may not reflect actual conditions. 

RESMAN Intelligent tracers offer a unique solution to gain insight about well production and reservoir inflow performance without the need of costly or risky changes to the completion design and without additional rig time.

The presentation will review:

- How it works.

- Field examples of information that was obtained and questions that were answered through the use of Intelligent Tracers.



Art J. Schroeder Jr.
Manager for DeepStar® Deepwater Research Consortium

Art has over 25 years experience in operations, engineering, construction, strategy development, and crisis management. He is currently providing consultancy services to DeepStar, a Chevron managed 80+ member consortium focused on collaborative space, deepwater technology identification and development.  He sits on several corporate, professional, and civic boards and has published numerous technical papers

Art was graduated from Georgia Tech with both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering, and from the University of Houston with an MBA, major in Finance and International Business. He has also completed several post graduate certificate programs.     

James Dech
Senior Drilling Engineer, AGR Subsea

James A. Dech has over 34 years in the upstream oil industry with nearly 27 years in the development and evaluation of the application of new technologies.  He is currently a Senior Project Engineer for AGR Enhanced Drilling providing engineering, technical, and software support for the development of the new MPD (Managed Pressure Drilling) system they are developing. 

Prior to joining AGR, he worked in a similar capacity with Ocean Riser System and was an international consultant working for companies primarily in Mexico and Norway.  He also worked was a Vice President for 6 years for Maurer Engineering and 12 years for Atlantic Richfield Company where he was involved with the initial development and field testing of the medium-radius horizontal drilling systems and participated in several horizontal drilling projects around the world.  He has a BSPE from Marietta College, Ohio in 1979.

Brock Williams
General Manager RESMAN USA

Brock Williams joined RESMAN as General Manager for RESMAN’s North American operations in 2010. Prior to RESMAN, Brock spent 28 years working for BP in a variety of positions in Lafayette, Louisiana; Aberdeen, Scotland; Anchorage, Alaska and Houston, Texas. Brock’s last assignment in BP was Intelligent Wells Project Manager where he worked with technology providers to develop reservoir surveillance technologies.