661 Graduate Drilling Class 2010: Team Challenge


The Spring 2010 Graduate drilling class at Texas A&M has a team challenge to develop Environmentally Friendly Drilling programs for a group of  frontier unconventional gas plays. Each of these plays represents significant natural gas resources and each has unique environmental challenges that must be met before those resources can be booked as reserves. Overview of gas shales can be found as attachments below.

Frontier Plays – Evaluated

    Antrim Shale

    Black Warrior Basin (Alabama)

    Horn River Basin (British Colombia)

    Utica Shale  (New York)

    Uinta Basin (Manning-Doughnut Shale )

    San Juan Basin (New Mexico)

    Otero Mesa

 

NEW!

 A copy of Brian Smith's report on the EFD studies for the Eagle Ford Shale was added to this site (April 12, 2010).  See below to read a copy of "EFD Report 2"

 

 Daniel Yergin and Robert Ineson of the Cambridge  Energy Research Associates (CERA) call it America's Natural Gas Revolution. They classify it as  "the biggest energy innovation of the decade—more specifically unconventional natural gas. Some call it a revolution. Yet the natural gas revolution has unfolded with no great fanfare, no grand opening ceremony, no ribbon cutting. It just crept up. In 1990, unconventional gas—from shales, coal-bed methane and so-called "tight" formations—was about 10% of total U.S. production. Today it is around 40%, and growing fast, with shale gas by far the biggest part."  (See article below).

Yet these resources can not be unlocked without answering the riddle of how to access them without harming the environment.

 The Team Challenge is to utilize Environmentally Friendly Drilling Technology to reduce the impact of development i.e.

                Pad drilling, 

                Small footprint rigs (low emissions, modular, third generation light weight super singles)

            Closed-loop mud systems,

            Horizontal drilling-multistage hydraulic fracturing,

            Frac flowback and produced brine treatment and re-use

      Because of the intense public scrutiny of energy development in the frontier gas basins, a company will have to use advanced water management techniques to develop their leases to avoid the high cost of transporting water by truck to the well site. Because of the landowner’s concerns and lease contract requirements they will also have to employ low footprint (site access, well site) and low emissions (light weight rig) technology to drill the well. The assignment is to prepare a well plan and an AFE for management’s approval for this well, one of five in your company’s portfolio.

 

Systems Engineering Models

The EFD program has funded the development of a systems engineering model to assist asset managers plan well designs that incorporate low impact technology.

Go to the Systems Engineering Model site in the Web links window  

Or link to the following sites.

There are four links for the applications as below:

 

  1. http://efd.civil.tamu.edu/da/  è Non-causal application
  2. http://efd.civil.tamu.edu/da1/  è Causal application
  3. http://efd.civil.tamu.edu/system/system.html  è Video tutorial (theory)
  4. http://efd.civil.tamu.edu/video/web.html  è Video tutorial (how to use the applications)

 Thanks,

Ok-Youn

 

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Ok-Youn Yu, PhD, PE

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843-3136

979-458-4769 (Office)

http://efd.civil.tamu.edu (URL)

 

contacts:

 

David Burnett, Texas A&M University, burnett@pe.tamu.edu

Rich Haut, Houston Advanced Research Center, rhaut@harc.edu

Tom Williams, TerraPlatforms, L.L.C., twilliams@afsolutions.com

 

 

 
 
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