The economic viability of your asset depends on optimal well placement.
The days of aiming for the middle of the formation are gone. Whether drilling vertical wells in deep water or long laterals in unconventional plays, optimal well placement can make or break the economics of the field. We help ensure economic success with a field-based approach to any resource.
Leveraging the minimum number of wells with the maximum amount of data, we recommend optimal drilling plans based on client collaboration, geological criteria, and real-time measurements. Our Petroleum Consulting team helps you shorten the field-development cycle by positioning wells for maximum reservoir contact and field net present value (NPV). We then use our comprehensive formation evaluation and logging-while-drilling (LWD) technologies―including our Wave-series LWD tools and Compact™ imaging and sonic tools―to mitigate unknown geologic features and reach total depth.
Weatherford is an oil and gas service company with a presence in every major oil and gas region of the world. Our business is helping our clients to safely and sustainably find, drill, complete, and produce oil and gas fields.
Optimal well placement begins with gathering and interpreting data in the earliest stages of field appraisal. We deliver comprehensive evaluation services, including core analysis and geochemical analysis of rock, gas, and oil samples through our world-class labs. Our Wellsite Geoscience Services also bring advanced, laboratory-based formation evaluation techniques directly to the wellsite.
Paired with tools such as the proprietary GC-TRACER® surface gas detector, the Source Rock Analyzer (SRA), and the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instruments, we provide direct measurements of formation gas, hydrocarbon content, thermal maturity, rock mineralogy, brittleness, and enhanced wellbore positioning through chemostratigraphy.
Accelerate unconventional reservoir understanding
The speed of unconventional development requires that data acquisition and interpretation happen in real time. We identify sweet spots for landing laterals and help you understand variability of production between stages and across multiple wells. Using methodologies such as the proprietary Weatherford Shale Analysis Framework (WSAF), we track correlations between the reservoir, rock quality, and well performance. This reduces the number of appraisal or experimental wells needed to evaluate a completion design and shortens the field development planning cycle.
We integrate reservoir and geomechanical data to optimize fracture placement. Our CrossWave® logging-while-drilling (LWD) sonic tool provides 3D characterization of geomechanical properties, and our FracAdvisor™ index—a unique algorithm and framework for shale—enables a comprehensive understanding of the reservoir that optimizes fracturing operations.
Accelerate deepwater reservoir understanding
Deep water magnifies the need for optimal well placement. Using innovative technologies that are ideal for high-value wells, including our hostile-environment logging (HEL™) system, we help you geosteer deepwater wells to total depth even in HPHT environments.
We offer comprehensive logging-while-drilling (LWD) systems and services that provide a range of formation evaluation and drilling data to inform critical operational decisions. Our SpectralWave™ sensor enhances well placement and evaluation with spectral gamma ray data, azimuthal gamma ray borehole images, and precise total gamma ray information―all while drilling.
Fine-tune field development
High-value formation data is no longer restricted by logging-tool capabilities. Our Compact™ imaging and sonic tools deliver quality logs in wells as narrow as 2 1/4 in.—even in horizontal, highly deviated, S-curved, or tight holes—using a selection of ten Assure™ conveyance methods.
Optimal Placement with Re-Entries
You know your asset. But what lies just outside the permeability of the near-wellbore region is both out of sight and out of reach. Meanwhile, the tight economics of field rejuvenation require knowing exactly what recoverables are available before drilling beyond the wellbore.
Our reservoir and geomechanical analysis tools help you rediscover your wider asset. We provide high-resolution imaging and rock analyses zones that help you find bypassed or misdrilled zones, determine whether the source rock can be produced, and decide whether more drilling is economically feasible. Our innovative Raptor™ cased-hole evaluation tools include a 5-detector array and LaBr3 sensors―both industry firsts―that help overcome drawbacks of conventional pulsed-neutron tools.