Finding and producing oil and gas is a complex and highly technical endeavor. Our team of highly skilled professionals combines innovative technology and expertise to access oil and natural gas reserves within the ground and deliver them to market. The following briefly explains certain technical aspects of the process of getting oil and natural gas from the ground and to the people and places who need it.
Exploring an area of interest begins with an analysis of existing data including studies of surface geology, existing well log information, production information, and gas and oil shows from drilling. We also analyze 2-D and 3-D seismic data as well as gravity, magnetic, and other remote sensing statistics to help guide us in determining if the potential for gas or oil exists. A structure map of the subsurface is also created along with other geological and geophysical maps. These maps help determine if there is potential for trapped oil or gas in the formation. Geologists work within a team of geoscientists, engineers, landmen, and others to select the best location to drill a test well. By using the most up-to-date technology, we can more accurately locate and assess underground reservoirs with minimal impact on the surface.
The production phase of operations focuses on the extraction of hydrocarbons from the oil and/or natural gas reservoir to the surface. The flow of hydrocarbons often occurs naturally by utilizing the pressure of the reservoir to push the gas and fluids to the surface. However, sometimes mechanical assistance known as artificial lift is used to pump the natural gas and fluids – oil and water – to the surface.
In addition to geological and geophysical information, Rightway Energy evaluates the geographical and topographical attributes of each site to determine the best location for a well pad. In most cases, technology allows us to drill multiple wells on a single well pad, which helps reduce the total number of pads needed for operations and decrease the surface footprint. We always work with the landowner to place the well pad and access roads to balance our operational requirements with their needs.
Today, many new field discoveries are made in tight, relatively impermeable rocks, and hydrocarbons will not flow easily from these tight reservoirs without some assistance. Completion includes the activities that prepare a well for production.