Cenovus Energy Inc. has been operating its oil sands facilities at reduced production rates and is storing excess barrels in its reservoirs in response to wider than normal light-heavy price differentials and recent pipeline capacity constraints as well as the slow pace of the ramp-up in crude-by-rail export capacity in Alberta.
Drilling & Production News
Well Master Corporation, headquartered in Golden, Colorado, is pleased to announce the acquisition of T-RAM Canada Inc. Well Master Corporation engineers, manufactures, and distributes durable and innovative plunger lift systems, including proprietary technologies for optimized horizontal well production. T-RAM Canada Inc. is a leading provider of optimization solutions in the western Canadian oil & gas industry. The acquisition of T-RAM Canada by Well Master Corporation represents a unique opportunity for both companies to leverage strengths and opportunities in the both the U.S. and Canadian oil & gas markets.
Evolution Engineering Inc. has announced the release of electromagnetic (EM) downlink capabilities for its flagship product EvoOne, the first Unified Telemetry measurement while drilling (MWD) system. EM Downlink joins an already extensive feature set for this best-in-class MWD system which provides the industry's most rapid and reliable downhole communication using electromagnetic telemetry.
Two of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry's leading equipment and tooling manufacturers, Vermeer Corporation and Mincon Group PLC, have formed a distribution alliance to expand contractors' access to quality rock tooling worldwide. As part of the agreement, Vermeer dealers are now the exclusive channel for Mincon HDD air hammer systems, HDD pull reaming hammers and HDD support equipment, including HDD support stations and oilers.
Suncor's Fort Hills project is continuing its steady ramp up of production following the safe startup of secondary extraction on Jan. 27, 2018. Fort Hills, which is located approximately 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, has a capacity of approximately 194,000 barrels per day (bbls/d), approximately 103,000 bbls/d net to Suncor.
The new Tolomatic ServoChoke SVC electric choke valve actuator meets requirements for a more flexible and reliable high-speed actuator in performance drilling applications such as managed pressure drilling (MPD), set-point control or choke-and-kill. Combining an integrated servo motor, planetary roller screws, industrial-automation-grade components and an all-steel body, the ServoChoke SVC quickly and continuously modulates with extreme accuracy and precision in the harshest of environments.
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company announced that it has signed a three-year joint development agreement with MagnaBond, LLC to develop new technologies that could enhance cost-effective evaluation of well cementing, casing and tubing. The agreement was facilitated by the Industry Technology Facilitator as part of its initiative to address challenges associated with well decommissioning activities such as plugging and abandonment.
Encana delivered strong performance through the fourth quarter of 2017 to close another year successfully executing its strategy, delivering significant oil and condensate growth and driving additional efficiency gains, the company reported in a summary of the year. Supported by the strong finish to 2017, the company states it is firmly on track to meet or exceed the targets in the five-year plan shared at its Investor Day in October 2017.
Caterpillar Oil & Gas is pleased to announce open order board for the Cat 3512E Tier 4 Final Land Electric Drilling engine. For over 35 years the Cat 3500 engine platform has been the industry gold standard for heavy-duty diesel and gas engines worldwide. With more than 190,000 engines in the field and more than 3 billion operating hours in mining, rail, electric power, oil & gas, and marine applications, the 3500 exemplifies Caterpillar's long-standing commitment to technical innovation and the success of our customers.
Suncor provided a business update for the fourth quarter of 2017, highlighting upstream production of 736,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), which is in line with record production from the third quarter of 2017. Oil sands operations produced approximately 447,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) including 6,000 bbls/d from Fort Hills. Syncrude produced 325,000 bbls/d for the quarter, 174,000 bbls/d net to Suncor. Production from other upstream assets remained solid with total production from Exploration & Production assets in Canada, the U.K. and Libya of 115,000 boe/d.
Harvest Operations Corp. announced its decision to re-sanction and complete the construction and commissioning of its 10,000 bbl/d BlackGold SAGD oil sands project near Conklin, Alberta. Harvest had previously suspended work in early 2015 due to the drastic fall in oil prices. Major work at site has already commenced and will progress through the winter with the aim of commissioning wells and commencing steam injection in the second quarter of 2018, followed by electric submersible pump conversion in the third quarter.
There are many challenges to managing landfill gas well field operation. QED Environmental Systems, a manufacturer of landfill liquid pumps and LFG control products, conducted a survey of landfill gas well field operators, asking them to report the most significant challenges they have encountered in the field. The most commonly reported challenges were odor control and maintaining compliance with landfill gas surface emission regulations. These issues were followed by a host of others, including avoiding NSPS exceedances for pressure, temperature, and oxygen, maximizing landfill gas (LFG) energy content, maintaining a steady vacuum across all wells, managing liquids to avoid accumulation in wells and system piping, and controlling air leaks at the wellhead, rubber couplings, and flex hoses. The challenges faced by LFG well field operators are numerous and diverse. However, LFG operators agree that all of the common challenges listed above can be summarized into one objective: to maximize gas collection efficiency while maintaining regulatory compliance, all at the lowest possible cost. With this singular objective in mind, let us review some LFG well field technologies and limitations.