Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Well productivity and the efficiency norm

Oil field operation has always been a complex, difficult process. Threats of formation damage are common occurrence if not a natural offshoot of improper system put in place. Any bad case within the bounds of that scenario typically streams back and affects well productivity. Thus, maintenance and prevention are necessary courses of actions.

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While proper execution of drilling and completion operations and good management of the whole production is a first best step, the maintenance and damage prevention aspects must be made on the realm of ordinary procedures. Ever since well productivity gained the well-deserved attention from oil drilling operators, petroleum engineers constantly work on designing better, more efficient operational protocols for oil and gas field production system. Industry experts like Ali Ghalambor, whose publication of the important “Well Productivity Handbook: Vertical, Fractured, Horizontal, Multilateral, and Intelligent Wells” provided significant resources for students and field practitioners alike on well productivity, recognize the importance of oil and gas field development plans.

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Well productivity may be summed up into several things--optimized operations, improved efficiency, and even cost-effective solutions; but it is always about two things: productive maintenance and prevention. In oil and gas drilling and completion operations, any type of damage to well productivity is costly and crippling. Like in any field, either it is contained or failure becomes the norm.

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