Lukoil develops its own completion system for horizontal wells

first_imgThe technology was tested in 2019-2020 on LUKOIL’s fields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra LUKOIL DEVELOPS ITS OWN COMPLETION SYSTEM FOR HORIZONTAL WELLS (Credit: LUKOIL) LUKOIL has become the first company in Russia to successfully develop and implement own completion system for horizontal wells. The high technological reliability of the new import substituting equipment will make it possible for the Company to start the commercial production of reserves which till recently was hindered due to lack of suitable Russian-made technology.This is the only made in Russia completion system for horizontal wells that is commercially used nowadays. It was developed by a LUKOIL subsidiary (RITEKcompany) and its contractor SP MeKaMinneft, and manufactured on its factory.The technology was tested in 2019-2020 on LUKOIL’s fields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra. More than 50 horizontal wells were drilled on the Vinogradov field with horizontal sections of 1600 meters and eight wells on the Sredne-Nazymskoye field with horizontal sections of 1500-1700 meters and multi-stage hydrofracturing in 15-17 zones. Owed to high controllability of equipment, time of well completion operations involving multistage hydrofracturing has been reduced by more than twofold.In November 2020 major elements of the horizontal well completion system, a frac sleeve for multistage fracturing and a hydro-mechanical shifting tool which is used to activate the frac sleeve, were patented in the Russian Federation.The import substituting equipment will also be used at other production facilities operated by subsidiaries of LUKOIL as well as by other oil and gas companies in Russia making it possible for them to no longer purchase expensive analogues from foreign suppliers. This will provide for the technological development of the industry and economically viable production of hard-to-recover reserves.Creation of the new system will also provide future orders for Russian producers of oilfield service eqiupment. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

ReconAfrica starts drilling on first well in Kavango Basin, Namibia

first_imgThe well is part of the initial three well programme that is carried out to evaluate the Permian aged Kavango basin ReconAfrica starts drilling at Kalahari Desert in Africa. (Credit: Pixabay/Anita starzycka.) Reconnaissance Energy Africa (ReconAfrica), a Canadian oil and gas company, has announced the start of drilling operations on the first well (6-2) in the deep Kavango Basin in the Kalahari Desert of North East Namibia.The well is part of the initial three well programme that is carried out to evaluate the Permian aged Kavango basin.ReconAfrica said that it is planning to drill the well to a depth of 12,500ft to assess the potential hydrocarbon systems in one of the five major sub-basins of the larger and extensive basin.Reconnaissance Energy Africa drilling and completions senior vice president Nick Steinsberger said: “Drilling the first three wells in a newly discovered Permian basin, where one company holds all of the rights, is certainly a rare opportunity.“There are many important similarities between the Kavango basin and the Permian Basin in West Texas, one of the world’s most prolific producing basins, where I have been actively drilling and completing wells for many years.“I anticipate the first well will take up to 45 days to reach total depth and initial analysis of all prospective productive targets.”Drilling will be conducted using 1,000 HP rigThe first prospective section well, which be drilled using its 1,000 HP rig (Jarvie-1), is designed to reach 4,800ft, where intermediate casing will be set.Between intervals of 1,000ft to 4,800ft, sidewall cores and well logs will be run to identify targets. The well is expected to reach the top of the Permian section at about 4,000ft.The second section of the well is designed to reach a total depth of 12,500ft through the intermediate to lower Permian sections.To adhere to its environmental practices, ReconAfrica is working with Valence Drilling Fluids, a North American company offering organic and biodegradable drilling fluids.Valence Drilling Fluids vice president Gareth Eckhout said: “We welcome the opportunity to work alongside ReconAfrica on this project as they are a company that understands the importance of environmental protection with proven results.”Last February, the company agreed to acquire Crown 750 drilling rig from Henderson Rigs.last_img read more

USNS Cesar Chavez Overhaul Deal Goes to BAE Systems

first_img View post tag: deal View post tag: News by topic USNS Cesar Chavez Overhaul Deal Goes to BAE Systems View post tag: Navy View post tag: Overhaul View post tag: Naval Share this article BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair received an $11,2 million contract for a 45-calendar-day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14). Work will include clean and gas-free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces, deck non-skid renewal, ballast tank preservation, cylinder head and liner overhaul, main engine overhaul, heating, ventilation and air conditioning support, degaussing system repairs, annual lifeboat certification, galley ventilation system cleaning, docking and undocking, propeller system maintenance and boss cap replacement, bow thruster maintenance, overhauling sea valves, and underwater hull cleaning and painting.The contract includes options which, if exercised, would increase the total contract value to $11,3 million.Work will be performed in San Francisco, California, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 28, 2015.The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”16596″]Image: US Navycenter_img Authorities View post tag: USNS Cesar Chavez View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: americas August 4, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Cesar Chavez Overhaul Deal Goes to BAE Systems last_img read more

Donate Extra Coats Dec. 5 to 12 to Help Local Charity Effort

first_imgHave an extra coat in your closet?Discovery World Preschool is collecting clean, reusable coats to be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.Anybody who wants to contribute can drop off coats from Friday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 12 at the following locations:Discovery World: 2936 Bay AvenueCommunity Center: 1736 Simpson Avenue7th Street Surf Shop: 7th Street and Asbury Avenuelast_img

Good year for Skoda bakery

first_imgA Kent bakery which produced props for a recent Skoda Fabia advert is celebrating a bumper year after doubling its turnover to £2m, moving to new 15,000sq ft premises and winning contracts with retailers including Asda and Morrisons.The Cake Bake Company in Swanscombe, which makes a wide range of traditional sponges, has seen dramatic growth in exports since the Skoda advert was shown across Europe.last_img

Guns N’ Roses Reportedly Planning Scott Weiland Tribute On Upcoming Tour

first_imgWith the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour kicking off at the end of this month, fans are certainly speculating as to what the band might play on tour. According to Alternative Nation, that tour may include a song from Velvet Revolver, a supergroup that featured Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and the late Scott Weiland.Weiland passed away in December of 2015, leaving fans, collaborators, friends and more to mourn his untimely passing. It seems that his friends in Guns N’ Roses may have a tribute in the works, as an image posted by Red Witch Pedals with McKagan shows a Velvet Revolver song in the works.Where The River Goes: A Final Conversation With Scott WeilandThe photographed setlist features “Nice Boys,” “Think About You,” “Used To Love Her,” “Perfect Crime,” and “Slither.” While the first four from the “alternate” song selection are Guns N’ Roses tracks, “Slither” is famously featured on Velvet Revolver’s 2004 debut album, Contraband.Check out the image below.We’d love to hear Guns N’ Roses put their spin on “Slither,” as it would be an assuredly rocking tribute to the late great Weiland.last_img read more

Cory Henry Throws Intimate, Last-Minute Birthday Bash In NYC

first_imgOn Tuesday, February 27th, Cory Henry hosted a last-minute birthday party at New York City’s Nublu, inviting friends and fans to come join him for an intimate celebration. Having decided to throw himself a birthday party the night before, word of this jam session didn’t make its way around New York City until 9 pm on Monday night. The “jam” started with DJ Alissia (also known as Al Boogie or Baby Z) spinning some dope funk and old-school hip-hop beats on the 1s and 2s. The larger “NewBlu”, a spinoff of the original Nublu Classic, had a fun atmosphere in anticipation of the birthday boy hitting the stage. During the DJ set, the ever-gracious and friendly Cory Henry walked through the crowd, thanking anyone he passed for showing up to celebrate his birthday. It was a helluva way to start what would be a fun night.Once it was the birthday boy’s time to shine, Cory Henry opened his performance by addressing the crowd, thanking everyone for coming out on a Tuesday night despite the late announcement. The music began with a nearly 30-minute version of “Superstition”, with Cory imparting to the crowd that “when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer!” From there, the band launched into a 30-plus minute version of the Michael Jackson classic “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Cory was clearly having a good time on stage, at one point singing out “whiskey and gingers” for him and his vocalists as they performed. Two female guest vocalists came up on stage to sing backup, adding some lovely harmonies.From there, the three-piece did a funky version of John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” The clear highlight of the night was when singer Chris Turner came on stage to do a lilting and beautiful, jazzy version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” During the jam, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown joined the band and destroyed a trumpet solo, adding a fabulous sound to the track. The night continued with Cory inviting singer Abby Smith on stage. Before the end of the party, Brett Williams joined Cory at the keyboard rig, and the two of them went to town, keeping the crowd rocking into the wee hours of the morning.last_img read more

Premature deaths could be reduced by 40 percent

first_imgThe number of premature deaths worldwide could be reduced by 40 percent by 2030 with political commitment and sustained international efforts, according to a new study in The Lancet. The study suggests that half of all deaths under age 50 and a third of deaths between ages 50-69 could be prevented, largely by accelerating efforts to reduce child deaths and maternal mortality and to fight AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.“Based on realistically moderate improvements in current trends, our proposed targets are a two-thirds reduction in child and maternal deaths and in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, and a one-third reduction in deaths from noncommunicable diseases and injuries,” said lead author Ole Norheim, professor of global health at the University of Bergen, Norway and a visiting professor of global health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in a September 19, 2014 Science Daily article. “We conclude that a 40 percent reduction in premature deaths is realistic in each country where mortality in 2030 is not dominated by new epidemics, political disturbances or disasters.”Authors of the Lancet paper called for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2016-2030 — which are currently under discussion and which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that will expire at the end of 2015 — to include specific targets for each country to reduce premature deaths by 40 percent. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Watch The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo Slay ‘I’m Here’

first_imgCynthia Erivo View Comments She is beautiful, and she is here! For those who have yet to take in her brilliant Broadway debut in the John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple (all right, and for those who have seen it several times), Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo recently gave a stunning performance of “I’m Here” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Keep in mind this followed her weekend of completing a half marathon on a two-show day.) Have you caught her episode of Show People yet? Definitely add that to your binge sesh, and watch Erivo’s breathtaking performance below! The Color Purple is playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Cynthia Erivocenter_img The Color Purple Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Interior Secretary Says Coal Companies Will be Held Accountable for Cleanup Costs

first_imgFrom Lawyer Herald:The Department of the Interior’s goal is to protect taxpayers from $3.6 billion in self-bonding liabilities, thus urging the companies to cover restoration efforts.This move is being faced with concerns, particularly with the firms’ ability to make good on their liabilities as they face trying economic times.According to Midwest Energy News, Tom Sanzillo, finance director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, the responsibility attached to mining companies would be washed away if they declare bankruptcy. If bankruptcy proceedings are decided in their favor, there’s a looming possibility that their commitments would be largely reduced, leaving taxpayers with the bigger financial burden.The state of Wyoming has granted temporary relief to bankrupt coal firm Arch Coal, STL Today reported. In a bankruptcy proceeding, Arch Coal was required to shell out only $75 million for cleanup costs in the meantime. Since Arch’s total liability amounts to $485.5 million, it will settle the remaining amount with new bonds once it recovers from bankruptcy.A similar deal was agreed upon by Wyoming and Alpha Natural Resources, in which the latter promised to pay $61 million to contribute to $411 million in cleanup efforts.The unpaid balance is currently being covered by self-bonds.Mining companies urged to cover cleanup costs, save taxpayers from financial burden FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Patrick Rucker for Reuters:The ailing coal industry must face the costs of cleaning up spent mines even as companies get pushed toward bankruptcy, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Tuesday.The mining industry is responsible for restoring old mine sites but a taxpayer subsidy called “self bonding” has allowed some of the largest companies to forego a large share of cleanup insurance.Bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal have sought to jettison cleanup liabilities in bankruptcy court and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said officials will not tolerate such maneuvers.“Even at a time of financial distress, it is still the responsibilities of these companies to do the reclamation that they signed up for,” Jewell told reporters after a meeting of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.“We need to make sure that those companies are held accountable.”Struggling coal companies must face their cleanup costs: U.S. official Interior Secretary Says Coal Companies Will be Held Accountable for Cleanup Costslast_img read more