Executive Summary

Welcome to the February 2020 issue of SPE Production & Operations. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the journal, and, as many readers may know, it has experienced some changes on its path to this milestone. At its inauguration in 1986, the journal’s title was SPE Production Engineering, which lasted through 1992. From 1993 to 2005, the journal’s name was changed to SPE Production & Facilities, and then in 2006, the title again changed to its current form of SPE Production & Operations.

On a personal note, it has also been 35 years since I joined the SPE membership in 1986.  As we always say—time flies. To commemorate this milestone, I thought it may be interesting to reminisce on the first volume of the journal, which was published in January 1986—a time when space exploration was reaching new heights with revolutionary advancements in space flight. Though the news of the SPE Production Engineering commencement and space exploration might not be considered of the same magnitude, the papers published in that issue have made a significant imprint on the knowledge space of our industry. Here are the titles and the authors of those articles:

  • A Two-Dimensional Theory of Fracture Propagation, M. A. Biot, L. Masse, and W. L. Medlin
  • Rheological Study of Foam Fracturing Fluids Using Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, V. G. Reidenbach, P. C. Harris, Y. N. Lee, and D. L. Lord
  • Strength Development of 2CaO/SiO2-Silica Cement Under High-Temperature and High-Pressure Conditions, S. Sasaki, W. Kobayashi, and S. Okabayashi
  • Influence of Minor Components on Strength Development of 2CaO/SiO2-Silica Cement, S. Sasaki, W. Kobayashi, and S. Okabayashi
  • Time and Shear Effects on Rheological Properties of Crosslinked Fluids—An Evaluation Method, S. N. Shah and L. T. Watters
  • Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Rate-Dependent Two-Phase Immiscible Flow, F. R. Allen and D. A. Puckett
  • Experimental Studies of Oil Withdrawal From Salt Cavities by Freshwater Injection, D. C. Reda and A. J. Russo
  • Experimental Studies of Salt-Cavity Leaching by Freshwater Injection, D. C. Reda and A. J. Russo
  • A New Look at Gravel-Pack Carrier Fluid, R. F. Scheuerman

Many of the focused areas are still popular and some have matured. The authors were pioneers of their technical domains. They have made significant contributions to SPE over the years and these papers are still inspirational to read. Over the past 35 years, this journal, regardless of its name, has been an important source for researchers and engineers to share knowledge and to stay current in technologies. I feel humbled and privileged to be part of this journey.       

There are five main technical topics published in this issue, including Artificial Lifting, Corrosion and Scale, Well Construction and Operation, Acid Stimulation, and Geochemistry.  I hope you enjoy reading them.

Frank Chang, SPE Prod & Oper Executive Editor,
Aramco Services Company

Artificial Lifting

  • Material Overview for Electrical Submersible Pumps: Part I—Metallic and Ceramic Materials; J. J. Xiao, R. A. Lastra, B. A. Roth, and W. Lee
  • Material Overview for Electrical Submersible Pumps: Part II—Polymeric and Other Materials; J. J. Xiao, R. Lastra, B. A. Roth, and W. Lee
  • Chamber Gas Lift in Horizontals; C. N. Hardegree, B. A. Gerrard, S. L. Wildman, and K. S. McKenzie
  • Study of Oil/Water Flow and Emulsion Formation in Electrical Submersible Pumps; D. Croce and E. Pereyra

Corrosion and Scale

  • Integrated Approach Toward Diagnosing Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Petroleum Industry; P. Bruijnen, W. van Strien, and S. Doddema
  • The Effect of Production-Logging-Tool Data on Scale-Squeeze Lifetime and Management of Scale Risk in Norwegian Subsea Production Wells: A Case Study; M. M. Jordan
  • Barium Sulfate Scaling and Control during Polymer, Surfactant, and Surfactant/Polymer Flooding; M. M. Al Kalbani, M. M. Jordan, E. J. Mackay, K. S. Sorbie, and L. Nghiem
  • Building a Fundamental Understanding of Scale-Inhibitor Retention in Carbonate Formations; K. Jarrahian, K. Sorbie, M. Singleton, L. Boak, and A. Graham

Well Construction and Operations

  • Quantitative Analysis of Integrity Failures in Subsea Oil Wells Using a Markovian Model; D. Colombo, D. T. M. P. de Abreu, M. R. Martins, G. B. A. Lima, M. M. Neves Jr., P. A. de Almada Garcia, and P. F. F. Frutuoso e Melo
  • Evaluation of Bismuth-Tin Alloy for Well Plug and Abandonment; H. Zhang, T. S. Ramakrishnan, Q. K. Elias, and A. Perez Jr.
  • Transient Wellbore-Pressure-Buildup Correlation Helps Engineers To Ensure HIPPS Safe Operation; A. Homoud, R. Gajbhiye, and D. Al-Shehri

Acid Stimulation

  • Influence of Transport Conditions on Optimal Injection Rate for Acid Jetting in Carbonate Reservoirs; D. Ridner, T. Frick, D. Zhu, A. D. Hill, R. Angeles, N. Vishnumolakala, and C. Shuchart
  • Effects of Heterogeneity in Mineralogy Distribution on Acid-Fracturing Efficiency; X. Jin, D. Zhu, A. D. Hill, and D. R. McDuff
  • Optimizing Acid Fracture Design in Calcite Formations: Guidelines Using a Fully Integrated Model; M. S. Aljawad, M. Palharini Schwalbert, D. Zhu, and A. D. Hill


  • Experimental Study of Low-Temperature Shale Combustion and Pyrolysis Under Inert and Noninert Environments; W. Chen, Y. Zhou, W. Yu, and L. Yang
  • Application of Geochemical and Isotopic Tracers for Characterization of SAGD Waters in the Alberta Oil-Sand Region; C. Ciszkowski, Z. Ouled Ameur, J. P. J. Forsyth, M. Nightingale, M. Shevalier, and B. Mayer