Curated by Deema Albeesh and Yazeed Aldughaither

In this section, we curate a number of recommendations for technical papers from subject matter experts on topics relating to their respective disciplines.

Persistence & a Creative Facility Solution Enable Successful Development of Stranded Offshore Gas

Self-installing platform, north sea, small field

SPE Productions & Operations 2014

Paper #: SPE-166208-PA

Authors: G. Coghlan, D. Westera, K. Ritzema

An offshore gas field in the North Sea was successfully developed after several decades of navigation through appraisal uncertainties and economic constraints. This paper relays the case of a Dutch field that employed a cost-effective development plan and adopted a reusable self-installing platform (SIP) with full processing and compression facilities in place, and a tie to the northern offshore-gas-transport pipeline system (NOGAT). Strong field performance capable of lasting for several years was achieved. The advancement of this field poses a step forward for the development of other fields in the North Sea that have been similarly historically stranded.

Utilization of Existing Hydrocarbon Wells for Geothermal System Development: A Review

geothermal energy, hydrocarbon wells, repurposing existing assets

Applied Energy 2023

Paper #: 121456

Authors: Josiae Jello, Tugce Baser

Repurposing abandoned hydrocarbon wells for geothermal applications can be an opportunity for increasing the deployment of this renewable energy. The primary appeal of this pursuit is the saved cost of drilling. This paper explores the current state of the development of this application and outlines the challenges of its implementation. It also highlights the importance of conducting a per-well basis assessment to determine the feasibility of transitioning each well. Important factors to consider during the assessment process are the timing of the decommissioning for costing purposes, and the properties of the targeted formation including geothermal gradients and permeability.

Resilience through Commodity Cycles: Techno-economic Optioneering to Enable Robust Development Planning

unconventional gas, economic modeling, field development scenarios

International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2024

Paper #: IPTC-23204-EA

Authors: Abeer Alsaleh; Maram Qallaf; Ammar Siddiqui; Raysan Alhamoud

A study was conducted to determine the best development plan for a complex, liquids-rich unconventional gas field. Three strategies were explored: lean gas, rich gas, and a hybrid approach, along with two condensate disposition options. The economic evaluation favored the rich gas and hybrid strategies due to their superior economics, low risk, and high returns. These strategies also managed subsurface risks better and optimized investments by maximizing financial returns from higher liquids production. The study underscores the importance of a robust economic evaluation workflow in supporting strategic decisions in capital-intensive resource development projects. This analysis aids in decision-making by offering clarity on value creation and comparing various development options.

Exploring Resilience in the Oil Industry: Theory vs Practice

organizational resilience, resilience profile, managing catastrophe, training and education

SPE International Heavy Oil Conference & Exhibition 2018

Paper #: SPE-193735-MS

Authors: Maria Angela Capello; Alessandra Passalacqua

This paper discusses the importance of resilience in leadership, especially in the oil and gas industry. It highlights how resilience, defined as the ability to recover and thrive after adversity, is a crucial skill for leaders. The paper compares theoretical and practical aspects of resilience, using examples like the BP Deep-Water Horizon Oil Spill to illustrate organizational resilience. It also discusses individual resilience, drawing from experiences in the oil industry. The paper analyzes how resilient leaders cope with neuroticism, mindfulness, self-efficacy, and coping, and how this impacts the workforce. It concludes that fostering resilience can lead to positive outcomes, including better performance and less turnover and burnout.

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