How 70 years of Drilling Technology Progression allow for greater Exploration and Development
Over the span of the last 70 years there has been a progression in advanced drilling techniques, well control and geophysical technology that has brought about a definitive upsurge in exploration, development and exploitation activities in the sector. Utilizing these modern progressions Talos Energy has pared their extensive technical expertise us to find success in the Gulf of Mexico region. But what are these new technologies, and how have they helped E&P companies like Talos re-evaluate prior finds turning them into modern successes. Here is a look at some of those technological advances.
Renewed Seismic Analysis
Talos CEO, Tim Duncan described his company’s relationship with using renewed seismic analysis on aged assets. Duncan said, “What we try to do is take the seismic data, we reprocess it, we go back and alter the algorithm and try and make it the sharpest image as possible. The advancement in reprocess change as years go by. So, we can take seismic that is 5 or 10 years old, sharpen up the image, and that matters when you have salt dominated traps geographically offshore, to give you a picture of where salt ends and salt begins. We are doing that with assets that might have been discovered in the 90’s or the 80’s, but there hasn’t been a significant reinvestment in the asset in 10 or 15 years and then the operator moved on from the asset. We are trying to follow behind that using new technology.” It is the E&P companies use of such cutting-edge technologies on established assets that makes Talos future so bright.
Traditionally, natural gas and oil wells were drilled downward, sometimes going several miles below ground. Directional drilling is the practice of drilling a well along a non-vertical path to a pre-determined target. Horizontal, multi-lateral, extended reach, and complex path drilling are all types of directional drilling. Since the 1970s, the use of directional drilling has expanded and advancement’s in mud motor lubrication, measurement-while-drilling (MWD) sensors and logging-while-drilling (LWD), and rotary steerable systems (RSS) have made it directional drilling one of the most efficient drilling technologies. Directional drilling allows oil and gas companies to generate less noise, reduce bi-product and waste, and reach larger reserves with smaller holes.
A current trend in drilling involves multi-well-pad drilling, more affectionately known as octopus technology. In the past decade octopus technology is has allowed single pad sights to simultaneously gain access to a number of buried wells. Traditional wells require a land site or pad for each well which only covers approximately 7 acres. With octopus technology, multiple single pads can handle multiple well drilling. This innovation allows single 7-acre pad to drill on over 2,000 acres of oil and natural gas reserves. Drilling is becoming cheaper and more productive with octopus technology.
Integrated majors spend millions of dollars developing supercomputers that can determine where to drill next. Industry supercomputers analyze huge amounts of aggregate seismic data that are collected using sonic technology. Geologist can now see a 3D image of the reserves they explore before investing development resources. What’s more supercomputers are allowing E&P companies can also see how a reservoir is changing in real time. While Talos does keep an impressive seismic data library, the cost of maintaining some of these supercomputers is prohibitive. Talos does the next best thing by following the major’s who do have and utilize these predictive supercomputers.
Telematics in the Oil and Gas Industry
The internet of things has not missed the Energy and Production sector and the technology is only in it’s infancy stages. With the cost of connected sensors continue to fall they are becoming a necessity in modern development projects. SCADA telemetry is changing the way the companies execute exploration and maximizing operational productivity. Implementing machine-to-machine technology allows operators to manage and control assets remotely. Metering, monitoring and managing assets can be done much easier than previously imagined.
The leadership team at Talos firmly believes that the only way to truly represent an asset is through the use of technology. Talos embraces current drilling technology and looks forward to future developments in the science of oil and gas extraction.
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