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April 2021
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About The Cover: Building an ESG case and presenting the right evidence to stakeholders across the value chain has become a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma for producers and service providers in oil and gas. So how are they setting about solving it? (Cover images courtesy of Shutterstock.com and Hart Energy; Cover design by Melissa Ritchie; Bottom images from left to right courtesy of TGS; ADNOC; Upwing Energy and DenPhotos/Shutterstock.com)
Coming Next Month: The May cover story will provide readers with a digital journey guide on the who, what and how of digital field development. It will feature interviews with Devon Energy, Chevron and Hibernia Resources, among others. The Executive Q&A will highlight an exclusive video interview with Oceaneering CEO Roderick Larson, and the Company Spotlight will feature a Q&A with Michael Kearney, chairman, president and CEO with Frank’s International.

As always, E&P Plus will include its exploration, drilling, completions, production and offshore features in every issue. While you’re waiting for your next copy of E&P Plus, be sure to visit HartEnergy.com for the latest news, industry updates and unique industry analysis.

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Oilfield service companies embrace energy transition

By Velda Addison, Group Senior Editor
Some of the largest oilfield services companies in the world such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Halliburton are ‘enablers of the transition’ to cleaner forms of energy, an analyst said during Evercore’s Global Energy Outlook in late March.

Survey: Oil and gas CEOs ‘very confident’ about sector’s growth
By Faiza Rizvi, Associate Editor
A majority of CEOs in the energy sector are also eager to lock in the sustainability and climate change gains made by oil and gas companies during the pandemic, according to a recent survey by KPMG.
Total, Iberdrola CEOs discuss renewables in new energy landscape
By Velda Addison, Group Senior Editor
All types of renewables will be needed to help reach carbon emissions reduction targets, the CEOs say.
How oil and gas can navigate its own net-zero roadmap
By Joseph Markman, Senior Editor
The energy transition is moving at a fast and furious pace, and the oil and gas industry not keeping up presents its own series of risks, including alienating investors and falling behind in recruiting talent.
Latin American producers position for energy transition
By Velda Addison, Group Senior Editor
Executives from Ecopetrol, Petrobras and Pemex in Latin America share insight on how their companies are adjusting and the role of natural gas in the energy transition during CERAWeek by IHSMarkit.
By Jessica Morales, Director of Video Content
Oil and gas industry isn’t going away anytime soon
Vicki Knott, CEO of Crux OCM, told Hart Energy’s Faiza Rizvi the oil and gas industry is not dying and fossil fuels are in fact needed for a smooth energy transition.
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COGA’s Dan Haley on The North Face, oil and gas in society, Colorado’s production future
In launching its ‘Fueling Our Lives’ campaign to educate the public on the role oil and gas plays in society, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association gave an interesting award to The North Face following viral criticism of the outdoor apparel company. Dan Haley, president and CEO of COGA, joined Hart Energy’s Len Vermillion to talk about the dubious award and his thoughts on VF Corp.’s, parent company of The North Face, stance on co-branding with oil and gas.
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How FERC’s new chair will impact the oil industry
FERC will align with President Biden’s climate goals, but the energy transition cannot be done ‘on the backs of oil and gas workers,’ Ken Irvin, co-leader of global energy practice with Sidley Austin, told Hart Energy’s Faiza Rizvi.
View more exclusive video interviews at HartEnergy.com/videos
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2021 Women In Energy Virtual Conference
From ESG to the energy workforce to capital investment, the Women In Energy honorees discuss it all during Hart Energy’s Women In Energy virtual program. Watch the on-demand sessions at hartenergyconferences.com/women-in-energy!
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Placing a priority on exploration
Discovering new resources is vital for meeting future demand.
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Placing a priority on exploration
Discovering new resources is vital for meeting future demand.
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t’s no secret that even before the pandemic knee-capped the industry last year, oil and gas exploration was mired in its own downcycle. With the notable exceptions of Guyana and Africa, major discoveries in more traditional and productive basins like the Gulf of Mexico and U.K. Continental Shelf have been few and far between.

And with many analysts predicting a peak may come soon—or relatively soon at least—it’s fair to wonder if we’ve seen peak exploration as well. Considering the early stages of the energy transition evolution the industry currently finds itself in, it would be unwise to discount the role exploration can play.

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In this exclusive video interview, TGS CEO Kristian Johansen discusses the company’s New Energy Solutions business unit and how data management can play a role in the energy transition.
TGS CEO Kristian Johansen talks energy transition
Data-driven upstream service company diversifies to meet energy transition demands.
Brian Walzel, Senior Editor

espite the exploration market in upstream oil and gas experiencing what TGS CEO Kristian Johansen has described as a “deep cyclical trough,” exploration companies, like so many others in the oilfield services (OFS) sector, are learning to adapt. In many cases, such as for TGS, adaptability includes diversification into avenues of the energy transition and increased focus on ESG.

TGS, self-described as an energy data and intelligence company, launched its New Energy Solutions (NES) business unit in February. The new component of the company aims to provide data-driven applications and solutions for wind energy, carbon storage, geothermal and deepsea minerals.

Company Spotlight
Filling the gap in gas-lift technologies
Upwing Energy CEO Herman Artinian shares details about the company’s evolution, how its technologies work and the state of the artificial lift industry.
Brian Walzel, Senior Editor

pun out of Calnetix Technologies, a California-based company producing machinery and power generation technologies, Upwing Energy emerged in 2011 as it developed its Subsurface Compressor System (SCS). Over the next decade, Upwing developed, tested and trialed its SCS, leading to a funding initiative in 2018 from Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Co. The initiative helped accelerate the development of the downhole gas compressor.

Simultaneously, Upwing developed its Enhanced Production Simulator, a tool that analyzes conventional and unconventional wells and calculates the incremental producible reserves based on specific parameters.

Cover Story:
ESG and Technology
Cover Story:
ESG and Technology
Building an ESG case and presenting the right evidence to stakeholders across the value chain has become a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma for producers and service providers in oil and gas. So how are they setting about solving it?
Len Vermillion, Editorial Director

f you want answers to ESG in oil and gas, be prepared to join the search party. The answers are hard to decipher, mainly because ESG in oil and gas remains something far from a black-and-white issue with unquestioned solutions. Collectively, the work is being done; it’s just that there isn’t really one right way, one right measurement or one all-encompassing goal between all three prongs of ESG—as of yet.

“There’s a different answer between the E, the S and the G,” admits Sean O’Donnell, managing director with Quantum Energy Partners, one of the largest private equity investors in oil and gas. “Private equity has always had the ‘G’ figured out pretty well in terms of ownership, alignment and control. You’re seeing the conversation in the public market change to catching up on having ESG-oriented scorecards.”

Industry Pulse
Streamlining STO
Tighter management of shutdown, turnaround and outage (STO) projects can save millions in maintenance costs. Here’s a blueprint for doing STO more efficiently.
Hisham Gouda, SAP

he drive to capture every molecule of efficiency across every facet of an E&P operation has manifested in plenty of positive ways for oil and gas companies: stronger, faster return on capital investments, shorter development cycles, larger commodity margins, and the list goes on.

As heavily as E&P companies have focused on operational efficiency, there’s one area that may still offer opportunity for substantial efficiency gains: shutdown, turnaround and outage (STO). While companies have spent millions to improve and reinvent processes, there’s still room for them to optimize, accelerate and simplify STO. Some companies, as digitally mature as they may be in certain aspects of their operations, continue to manage STO organically rather than strategically, with a patchwork of sometimes ill-fitting point solutions that hamper their ability to optimize this critical area of their operation.

World View
Permian in the Middle East? UAE stepping up to replicate US shale boom
The UAE’s unconventional resources show promising results, with production potential comparable to the most prolific North American shale plays.
Faiza Rizvi, Associate Editor

n November 2020, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) commenced gas production from its unconventional gas field—a milestone that helped the world’s third largest oil producer inch closer toward its gas self-sufficiency goal by 2030.

In an exclusive interview with E&P Plus, Mohamed R. Al Zaabi, senior vice president of unconventional and exploration with ADNOC, discussed the tremendous potential of unconventionals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and his company’s commitment to working with international partners to develop the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi’s unconventional resources.

Analyst Corner
Appalachia and the race to capitalize on higher Henry Hub prices
Who can access spare Appalachia takeaway? This analysis takes a look at how pipeline takeaway capacity will determine which companies can grow production and on which midstream systems.
Amber McCullagh, Enverus

ver the second half of 2020, Henry Hub prices rallied from depths of pandemic lows, with the 12-month strip reaching the $3/MMBtu range for the first time since early 2019. But in Appalachia, the next two years will look very different from the last five, when consistent pipeline capacity additions facilitated average production growth of 3 Bcf/d annually. Now, with only one takeaway project under construction, subtler differences in midstream connectivity will drive which producers and gathering systems can access these higher prices outside the basin and which ones will be left to compete for limited in-region demand.

Machine Learning
Machine Learning
Reservoir characterization:
combining machine intelligence
with human intelligence
An integrated approach for reservoir characterization bridges the traditional disciplinary divides, leading to better handling of uncertainties and improvement of the reservoir model for field development.
Fred Aminzadeh, University of Houston

eservoir characterization is the process of assessing reservoir properties and its condition, using the available data from different sources such as core samples, log data, seismic surveys (3D and 4D) and production data. This is done in different stages of the E&P process from high grading reservoirs in exploration to their delineation for their development, as well as their description for optimum production to assessing their evolution in their stimulation for enhanced oil/gas recovery to extend their economic life.

Drilling: MWD/LWD
Maximizing production
from complex reservoirs
New high-definition NMR LWD technology helps improve well placement in complex clastic and carbonate reservoirs.
Benjamin Rouanet and David Maggs, Schlumberger

n recent years, formation evaluation and well placement accuracy have become increasingly important to operators seeking to get the greatest return on investment (ROI) possible from their wells targeting highly complex carbonate and clastic reservoirs. LWD solutions have played a significant role in helping operators achieve this, especially since the introduction of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) LWD solutions within the past 20 years.

Completions: Frac Fluids
Completions: Frac Fluids
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A new technology empowers companies to efficiently take inventory and asset management into the modern digital oilfield age.
David Ludwig and Stewart White, ELIMS

n today’s oil and gas industry, ESG efforts are top of mind, and it has become vital for the sustainability of operations. Optimizing the utilization of personnel and keeping them safe is paramount while their focus on higher value items also helps drive efficiency. In addition, support staff in remote locations are being spread across multiple site locations, increasing the number of variables they need to keep track of to ensure operations continue without nonproductive time (NPT). To achieve financial cost targets, more work needs to be done with fewer man hours, though safety and performance are priority. The advent of new specialized Internet of Things (IoT) applications is assisting with this transformation.

Flowback Management
Flowback Management
Keeping proppant
On-the-fly curable resin coating controls proppant flowback and improves production.
Adam Harper, Hexion

roppant flowback continues to be a challenge for operators in the oil and gas industry. It has been well documented how proppant flowing out of the formation can damage downhole and surface equipment once the wells are put on production. It is also well understood that production pathways for oil and gas can be restricted as proppant shifts into the wellbore and fractures pinch off near the wellbore. This can result in reduced EUR and potential long-lasting well damage. Traditional proppant flowback solutions have been an added expense that operators have a hard time incorporating into their overall budget, especially in a low oil price environment.

Offshore: Data Analytics
Offshore: Data Analytics
Data-based inspections:
It’s time to get real
A winning combination of historical and real-time data can ensure optimum operability and profitability for aging assets.
Christopher Blake, IMRANDD

or an oil and gas asset management company, maintaining and inspecting plant and associated equipment efficiently can often feel like a never-ending process. Whether it is contending with budget, time or bed space constraints, integrity teams are far too familiar with assessing, prioritizing and justifying their decision-making processes. In highly regulated locations such as the U.K. Continental Shelf, not taking the time to properly assess and understand an asset condition can be an exceptionally expensive gamble, which is why most operators pursue a risk-based inspection (RBI) methodology. But is this approach still fit for purpose in 2021?

Tech Trends
Data analytics and cloud computing technologies
With increasing focus toward remote operations, strategic adoption of cloud computing technologies will allow oil and gas companies to scale their data management and drive higher efficiencies.
Cloud-native analytics software for reliable reservoir opportunity identification
Emerson has released SpeedWise Reservoir Opportunity, a fully automated, cloud-native reservoir analytics tool developed in collaboration with Quantum Reservoir Impact. The software is unique in how it applies advanced algorithms, data mining and workflow automation to cut the amount of work required to identify field development opportunities from months to weeks. The comprehensive technology helps oil and gas companies achieve greater return on investment by shortening decision-making cycles and delivering better risk management. It features automated geoengineering workflows for identifying and ranking recompletion, vertical sweet spots and horizontal wells. By analyzing historical field performance and benchmarking against analog assets, the flexible framework picks the optimal parameters for the identification process, tailored to address the unique geological and engineering challenges posed by each field. Using SpeedWise Reservoir Opportunity, reservoir teams can break down multidisciplinary silos to help mitigate missing and incomplete data for more confident development planning. The software provides a secure cloud-based environment, resulting in much more efficient teamwork, where reservoir teams can collaboratively visualize and analyze ranked opportunities. Once ranked, results can be accessed through an interactive visualization dashboard for collaborative analysis and validation.
These features make PetroVisor a comprehensive, collaborative environment for aggregating and analyzing data. With its user-defined workflows, users can connect people, systems and data with complete visibility to the end-to-end process—improving organizational and cross-domain workflows, automating technical and business processes, and mitigating risk—all on a unified platform.
National digitalization project to promote E&P potential
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger have launched the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a project for the digitalization of subsurface information. This digital platform will also enable global access to the country’s subsurface data, which is kept evergreen by enhancing legacy datasets through reprocessing and new studies. This digital initiative will be used to unlock the potential of Egypt’s petroleum sector and promote the country’s E&P potential worldwide. The Egypt Upstream Gateway provides digital access to more than 100 years’ worth of accumulated national onshore and offshore seismic, non-seismic, well log, production and additional subsurface data under a single platform. These data, which empower de-risked decisions through the ability to explore multiple basins and evergreen data, can be accessed virtually from anywhere using the platform’s online portal. In addition, the Egypt Upstream Gateway will host Egypt’s upcoming bid round highlighting lease availability information to national and international investors worldwide.
International Highlights
International Highlights Map

Bahamas Petroleum encountered hydrocarbons at #1-Perseverance in the Cooper Block offshore the Bahamas. The well was drilled to approximately 3,900 m. It will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The exploration well had a planned depth of 4,800 m and was testing multiple potential reservoir horizons continuously through the Albian and Aptian aged formations, targeting P50 prospective oil resources of 770,000 bbl, with an upside of 1.44 Bbbl.


Petrobras completed a Campos Basin hydrocarbon discovery in Block C-M-411. The #1-BRSA-1377-RJS (Urissane) was drilled in approximately 2,950 m of water, and it encountered oil in the presalt section of the reservoirs. Additional testing in the area is planned to assess the potential of the discovery.


UK Oil & Gas has announced results from a report of the Loxley Portland gas discovery in PEDL234. The report indicates a a mean case, gross gas-in-place of 49 Bcf. According to the company, results further underline the estimate that the 48-sq-km Loxley geological structure contains significant gas volumes of about 4 Bcf to 5 Bcf per year on an energy equivalent basis. The company is planning to drill #1-Loxley in the second half of 2021.

On The Move
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The U.S. Senate approved President Joe Biden’s nominee, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, to serve as secretary of the Department of Energy. Granholm will play a key role in implementing Biden’s climate agenda.
Phillips 66 has named Mark Lashier president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
ConocoPhillips has announced the retirement of Matt Fox as executive vice president and COO, effective May 1.
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Last Word
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Rolling out a vaccine for oil and gas wells
Predictive modeling using digital technologies and data analytics will help reduce carbon emissions
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Mohamed Hegazi, TGT Diagnostics

f only we could inoculate subsurface wells against future integrity or flow issues it would be a dream come true. But there are many ways to proactively diagnose and keep them healthy and immune from unexpected “disease.”

Never has health been more in the spotlight—the health of our communities and the health of our planet. The pandemic has elevated the world’s focus on the environment and on driving down carbon emissions.

The energy sector has come under intense scrutiny as the world strives to tackle climate change. A major challenge is striking the balance between the continued need for fossil fuels, as part of a wider energy portfolio, while offsetting the associated carbon emissions.

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