New technology takes time

New technologies often take time to find their niche in oil and gas fields. A number of hurdles stand in the path of rapid deployment.Equipment run downhole presents the dilemma that, if it does not work, one could spend much money in trying to retrieve the equipment or even lose the well. But even new equipment installed at the surface often requires much testing before it is judged reliable or applicable for a field. One problem is that a typical oil and gas field does not exist. The produced fluids and pressures differ among fields, well depth and spacing varies, producing economics are not the same, and various fields are at different stages of depletion. It takes operators time to un...

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