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Write on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 Published in Meetings


Hydraulic fracturing is the single most commonly applied completion and intervention approach across the globe, from high-permeability reservoirs at one end of the scale to hard to recover formations at the other.  Constantly, changing, adapting and challenging established thinking, it is one of the most successfully applied techniques that is used within the oil and gas industry. 

While we are all taught and introduced to fracturing theory and fundamentals, there is no real replacement for extensive operational exposure and experience, in planning, executing and working with hydraulic fracturing operations in a variety of situations.  It is through this particular lens that some of the key factors, themes and consistent issues can be fully appreciated, registered and subsequently acted upon. 

The purpose of this presentation is to outline, impart and share, those major issues that directly impact the potential success of hydraulic fracturing operations, that have presented themselves to this Lecturer, particularly in new/overseas areas.  This feedback is based on more than 30 years of performing Exploration, Appraisal and Development operations; in diverse, frontier and challenging environments across some 35 Countries and many Basins.  The themes and advice will be shared by means of actual case histories. 

A successful Lecture would result in a refreshed and focused awareness of the relative importance of these key factors on successful operations.  The lessons learned are multi-disciplinary in nature and this renewed level of awareness will generate fresh perspective from the attendees, and encourage open discussion with their colleagues from other disciplines, on fracturing understanding and interpretation.  This is particularly important as large scale fracturing developments extend into new International areas, where skillsets and experience will sometimes be less well established. 

Martyn Rylance



Martin Rylance is the BP Wells Manager for Russia and their Global Advisor for Hydraulic Fracturing and Stimulation.  He has worked with BP for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc in Pure Mathematics.  He has numerous publications to his name, is a previous SPE DL, he received the SPE GCS Completions Optimisation Award in 2015, is an SPE Distinguished Member and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics. 

Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping, well interventions and pressure control service.  More recently he has specialised in hard to recover resources and fracturing in tectonic and HPHT environments.  During his career he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous intervention campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes.  Having lived in more than 12 Countries and pumped in more than 35, he has created and managed Teams that have delivered 10s of 1,000’s of treatments around the globe.

Write on Wednesday, 02 October 2019 Published in News

From September 19 to 21 2019 a European scientific and technical event of the asset of young engineers of the SPE Beyond the Borders sections from nine European countries: Romania, Italy, Israel, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal, Austria and Russia was held in Bucharest in order to promote professional and the personal development of young industry engineers, the expansion of communications, the exchange of experience and increased horizons. From the Moscow section, Veronika Korepanova, chairman of the young engineers of the Moscow section of SPE, and Ekaterina Timokhina, a member of the Moscow section of SPE, took part in this international scientific and technical event. Within three days, experts took part in the panel discussion “Business Transformation for a Sustainable Future”, as listeners of five reports from a group of experts from various energy sectors, visited the Petrom Dealu Batran Steam Injection fields, participated in the Lean Six Sigma Training workshop, visited a unique place - this is Mount Sinaia and took part in event "Debate-Future of Oil and Gas". In the framework of which colleagues, having divided into four teams, actively publicly exchanged thoughts on relevant topics: “Renewable energy vs Fossil fuels” and “Biggest risk to human is artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence better than humans”.

After a three-hour debate on two topics, the commission identified two winning teams. The winner in the “Renewable energy vs Fossil fuels” theme was a team consisting of colleagues from Poland, Austria and Romania, and the winner in the “Biggest risk to human is artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence better than humans” has become a team composed of experts from Romania, Italy and Russia. The whole event ended with a pleasant joint photo. All participants of the event expressed great gratitude to the Colleagues of the SPE Romanian section for the excellent organization and the Management of the Companies for supporting young professionals and at world class events.