Tight oil and flowable shale oil plays are the newest frontier for the industry, but what technology innovations and adaptations will be needed to actually deliver the production promise and still meet increasingly strict environmental performance expectations? Can the tight oil plays be expected to deliver the same type of performance? Are the required technologies currently available, or are a new set of innovations and adaptations required?
This presentation examines the early stages of what has worked and what shows promise, from a perspective of basic laboratory and early field work.
George E. King is a forty-year veteran of oil and gas research and operations and is Apache Corporation’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor. He is a registered professional engineer and is currently involved in multiple areas of new technologies in the areas of surface modification chemistry, shale fracturing, artificial lift and completions. George holds BS degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering. He is a 37-year member of SPE, and also has membership in AAPG and NACE. He has authored over 65 papers and has received the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Engineer of the year award from the Houston region of the Society of Professional Engineers. He has been a SPE Distinguished Lecturer, on the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Committee from 2003-09 and is a SPE Continuing Education Teacher in shale technology.