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Sustainable Natural Gas Drilling. Technologies and Case Studies for the Energy Transition. The Fundamentals and Sustainable Advances in Natural Gas Science and Eng

  • Book

  • March 2024
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5894715

Sustainable Natural Gas Drilling, the latest release in The Fundamentals and Sustainable Advances in Natural Gas Science and Engineering series, delivers many of the technical fundamentals needed in the natural gas industry with an additional sustainability lens. Introductory topics include underbalanced technologies, well integrity, and well trajectory. Advanced applications include utilizing nanoparticles to reduce environmental impact, and techniques to drill for underground gas storage and carbon capture operations. Supported by corporate and academic contributors along with two well-distinguished editors, Sustainable Natural Gas Drilling provides today’s natural gas engineers the knowledge to adjust current drilling practices in a more environmentally sustainable way.

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Table of Contents

Preface Section One: Drilling Techniques Tailored to Meet the Challenges 1. Natural gas drilling: overview of sustainability challenges 2. Deep and horizontal drilling technologies for natural gas 3. Water management challenges for tight reservoir fracture stimulation Section Two: Wellbore Planning and Control 4. Well control and kick tolerance in extended reach drilling 5. Wellbore Stability and the Establishment of a Safe Mud Weight Window 6. Real-time monitoring and optimization of drilling performance using artificial intelligence techniques: A review 7. Multiphase flow and pressure control in wellbores during underbalanced drilling operations 8. Directional wellbore trajectory optimization incorporating cubic Bezier curves and collision-avoidance constraints 9. Hole cleaning technology for unconventional gas horizontal wells Section Three: Drilling Fluids and Environmental Impacts 10. Applications of chemical and isotopic tracers to optimize well placement and monitor for contamination by reservoir-derived fluids 11. Gas-aphron drilling fluids enhanced with silica nanoparticles and biosurfactant 12. Characteristics and Applications of Solids-free Drilling Fluids for Coalbed Methane Exploitation Section Four: Drilling for Unconventional Gas Resources 13. Minimizing coalbed methane formation damage by biodegradable chelating agent flooding 14. Drilling of gas hydrate reservoirs: recent technological developments and solutions to drilling problems 15. Horizontal well drilling technology for shale-gas formations 16. Multi-well pad drilling technology for shale gas reservoirs: progress and perspectives Section Five: Drilling Innovations 17. Innovations in drilling and well construction technologies in gas reservoir drilling 18. Progress on drilling innovations for natural gas hydrate 19. Well Integrity for Underground Gas Storage Relating to Natural Gas, Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen


David Wood Owner/Consultant, DWA Energy Limited, UK. David A. Wood has more than forty years of international gas, oil, and broader energy experience since gaining his Ph.D. in geosciences from Imperial College London in the 1970s. His expertise covers multiple fields including subsurface geoscience and engineering relating to oil and gas exploration and production, energy supply chain technologies, and efficiencies. For the past two decades, David has worked as an independent international consultant, researcher, training provider, and expert witness. He has published an extensive body of work on geoscience, engineering, energy, and machine learning topics. He currently consults and conducts research on a variety of technical and commercial aspects of energy and environmental issues through his consultancy, DWA Energy Limited. He has extensive editorial experience as a founding editor of Elsevier's Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering in 2008/9 then serving as Editor-in-Chief from 2013 to 2016. He is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Geo-Energy Research. Jianchao Cai Professor, College of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), P.R. China. Jianchao Cai received his B.Sc in Physics from Henan Normal University and MSc and Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is currently a professor at the Institute of Geophysics and Geomatics at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). Meanwhile, he serves as Associate Editor or Editorial member for several journals including Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Fractals. He has published more than 130 journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters.