Petroleum Researchers Shift Focus

As the list of research topics and research participants grows and changes, the amount of work being done by multiple entities continues to be robust in the Bakken. This a breakdown of their focus.
By North American Shale magazine staff | May 14, 2019

The Society of Petroleum Engineers houses an exhaustive database of research work and case studies performed by petroleum engineers from industry and academia. Advanced search options within the database allow for the compilation of studies and work based on specific terms and time periods. Using the term, “Bakken” for the period between 2018 and 2019, search results yielded 444 results. The paper titles reveal the direction and evolution of the Bakken.

Many of the paper titles are related to studies that examine parent and child well relationships, frack hits and cluster placement efficiency. Other popular topics for the period between 2018 to ’19 include research on drilling fluids, gases applicable and possible for enhanced oil recovery and how data and machine learning can be utilized to better understand a reservoir.

Using the same search term, but a different year period (2010-’11) netted 215 results. Paper topics differed greatly, focusing more on general reservoir characteristics, possibilities for infill development and how new downhole technology (now commonplace in the Bakken) could be used to extract more oil. As the list of research topics and chart of research participants each show, the amount of work being done by multiple entities continues to be robust.

2018 to 2019 Research Topics  (not inclusive):
Fracing
Water
Production
Downhole Scale
Gas Cycling
Diverters
Supercritical CO2
Managed Pressure Drilling
ESP Pumps
Machine Learning
Well Interference
Environmental Awareness
Concerns on DUCs
Coiled Tubing Fluid
Self-removing frac plugs

~From The Bakken Report 2019 print issue