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TECHNOLOGY

CEMENTING/
Bob Carpenter,
SPE, is a research
consultant with

ZONAL ISOLATION
Chevron Energy
Technology
Company’s Cement
Team. He has 37
years of experience in field operations,
technical support, and research and
development (R&D). Previously,
Carpenter was with Arco Exploration In 2015, more papers were devoted to well construction in shale plays than in any prior
and Production Technology and BJ year. Those shale topics also covered a diverse range of subjects within the sphere of
Services’ Technology Center. He optimizing construction efficiency and performance. Our industry’s demonstrated
has served on the SPE Drilling and ability to innovate and continually improve well-construction technology will be all
Completions Advisory Committee the more valuable to all plays if low oil prices persist, but especially so for shale and
and the SPE International Symposium other high-cost-per-barrel plays. With rig counts decreasing, smart, effective work-
on Oilfield Chemistry Program overs of existing wells will be even more important to maintaining production levels.
Committee, along with other industry Some examples of effective construction and workover techniques are provided within
groups. Carpenter has authored or the papers provided here. I hope you find them of interest.
coauthored 15 SPE papers and several In paper SPE 170789, I was surprised to see the level of production improvements
JPT articles and has been issued 26 US achieved with the use of wireline stackable straddle systems. This was accomplished
patents. His areas of expertise include in an openhole gravel-packed completion without external casing packers or consoli-
technical support and R&D of all areas dation of the gravel pack, a significant simplification.
of primary and remedial cementing. Paper SPE 171015 is a good example of the widespread, innovative efforts to
Carpenter also has extensive expertise improve cost efficiency in shale wells. Case histories demonstrate the successful use of
in coiled-tubing cementing, spacer- biodegradable, temporary diverting agents, rather than cement squeezes or mechani-
fluid development, and remediation of cal tools, to simplify and reduce the cost of fracturing and refracturing operations.
sustained casing pressure. He serves on With fewer new wells being drilled, refracturing may offer a viable option to slow the
the JPT Editorial Committee. decline of existing shale wells.
The industry has been working to relate cement mechanical properties to
success/failure with annular isolation in the actual well for approximately 20 years;
however, there are still no American Petroleum Institute standardized cement-testing
Recommended additional reading
at OnePetro: www.onepetro.org. and -evaluation protocols for cement mechanical properties, and there is much room
for improvement. The investigative paper SPE 168650 relates how anelastic-strain and
SPE 169514 Effect of Well Downspacing impact-resistance testing may enhance real-world predictive abilities. JPT
on Estimated Ultimate Recovery for Shale
Oil Formations by Susrut Gautam Bharali,
University of Houston, et al.

SPE/IADC 170480 Challenges of


Casing Design in Geothermal Wells
by Angelito Torres, Chevron

SPE 170712 Cement Evaluation—A Risky


Business by Glen Benge, Baker Hughes

128 JPT • MAY 2015