Executive Summary

Welcome to the May 2020 issue of SPE Production & Operations. The global COVID-19 pandemic has unprecedentedly affected the way we live. While the duration of the impact is unknown, one thing we can foresee for our industry is that a storm of funding and, more unfortunately, job cuts are on the way. On the bright side, the broad work-from-home practice has given us an opportunity to taste the future work environment of the digital world. Though net meeting and webcasting have been used frequently before this time, the effectiveness and technical issues have always been problematic. We can expect the technology advancement in this area to accelerate to deliver flawless virtual conference and even virtual office. The cost reduction and broader information broadcast can benefit both employers and employees when the technologies are effectively applied.

How are the new and expanded communication technologies going to impact SPE publications? This is the main thing in my mind during the writing of this executive summary. Here are a few of my thoughts:

1.     Traditionally, SPE journal papers originate as conference papers. A benefit of conference papers moving to SPE peer review is that the conference papers have gone through a certain degree of review, at least the abstract, by the conference technical committees, which consist of technical experts. Hence, the topics and qualities have been screened somewhat. Conferences need tremendous resources and time to organize. Since March, nearly all the conferences throughout the world have been cancelled or postponed. The efforts of the staff, organizing committees, and authors are unfulfilled. I am thinking what if mid-scaled virtual conferences can become reality and be held more frequently, with less preparation efforts by the organizers. Technical presentations can be based on abstract only, and, overall, more technical information exchanges can take place this way. Maybe SPE journals can invite authors to write full papers based on presentation audience feedback.       

2.     In recent years, there have been more and more papers submitted for direct peer review. This trend most likely will continue. This is another route authors can take to showcase their work when conferences are not available. It is always a good idea for the authors who submit directly to the peer review process to clearly understand which journal is most suitable for their paper, not only in the technical area but also in the scope of the content. For SPE Production & Operations specifically, “operation” is a key important word. Real data supported by case studies or sound experimental procedures are always welcome or preferred. This can prevent author’s frustration of unnecessary rejection.

There are five main technical domains published in this issue of the journal; I hope you enjoy reading them.     

Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Water Leakoff During Gel Placement in Fractures: Extension to Oil-Saturated Porous Media, B. Brattekås, R. Seright, and Geir Ersland
  • he Effect of Resin-Coated Proppant and Proppant Production on Convergent-Flow Skin in Horizontal Wells With Transverse Fractures, J. R. Shaoul, J. Park, and M. Langford
  • Inversion of Downhole Temperature Measurements in Multistage-Fracturing Stimulation of Horizontal Wells in Unconventional Reservoirs, S. Zhang and D. Zhu
  • An Experimental Approach To Assess the Dispersion of Shale in Fracturing Fluids, I. de Araujo Muggli, K. Chellappah, and I. R. Collins
  • Integrated Interpretation of Microseismic and Petroleum-Engineering Data for Comparison of Gas Production in Two Interfering Adjacent Wellpads in the Horn River Basin, Canada, A. Yousefzadeh, Q. Li, R. Aguilera, and C. Virués
  • Use of Far-Field Diverters To Mitigate Parent- and Infill-Well-Fracture Interactions in Shale Formations, J. Zhang, D. D. Cramer, J. McEwen, M. White, and K. Bjornen

Water Production and Injection

  • Produced-Water Reinjection in Deep Offshore Miocene Reservoirs, Block 17, Angola, M. Mainguy, S. Perrier, and E. Buré
  • Risk Assessment and Simulation of Injectivity Decline Under Uncertainty, M.-M. Chiotoroiu, T. Clemens, M. Zechner, J. Hwang, M. M. Sharma, and M. Thiele
  • Experimental Investigation of Crude-Oil Emulsion Stability: Effect of Oil and Brine Compositions, Asphaltene, Wax, Toluene Insolubles, Temperature, Shear Stress, and Water Cut, T. Uetani, J. Kai, T. Hitomi, H. Seino, K. Shimbori, and H. Yonebayashi
  • Water Shutoff with Polymer in the Alvheim Field, K. Langaas and A. Stavland
  • Design and Analysis of a New Profile Control Tool: Swirling Autonomous Inflow-Control Device, M. Yang, X. Wu, Y. Yue, Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, and Y. Tang
  • Effect of Network Parameters of Preformed Particle Gel on Structural Strength for Water Management, M. Baghban Salehi, A. Mousavi Moghadam, and K. Jarrahian
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Backwash Flow in Nutshell Filter, F. Sadeghi, H. Bashiri, and A. J. W. H. Vissers
  • Experimental Investigation of Bubble Size in Flotation: Effect of Salt, Coagulant, Temperature, and Organic Compound, F. Sadeghi and A. J. W. H. Vissers

Artificial Lift

  • Modeling Gerotor Pump Performance in Artificial Lift for Single-Phase and Multiphase Conditions, C. E. Ejim, L. Oshinowo, and J. Xiao
  • Development and Efficiency Testing of Sucker Rod Pump Downhole Desanders, C. Langbauer, M. Hartl, S. Gall, L. Volker, C. Decker, L. Koller, and S. Hönig
  • Artificial Lift System Applications in Tight Formations: The State of Knowledge, O. Kolawole, T. D. Gamadi, and D. Bullard
  • Identification of Downhole Conditions in Sucker Rod Pumped Wells Using Deep Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms, R. Abdalla, M. Abu El Ela, and A. El-Banbi
  • A Holistic Approach in Establishing a Structured Framework to Maximize Production Availability through Integrated ESP Key Performance Indicators, A. Al-Khalaf, S. Alquwizani, H. AlSadah, and C. Flippin
  • Progressive Vortex Pump: A New Artificial Lift Pumped Method, R. S. Fraga, O. G. S. Castellões, B. W. Assmann, V. Estevam, G. T. de Moura, I. N. Schröer, and L. G. do Amaral

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