economics of innovation

technology differentiates our performance in times of low commodity prices

It’s said that people who believe they can change the world are the ones who do. At Chevron, our people take this can-do spirit seriously; innovating and developing technologies that help us economically and safely deliver affordable, reliable energy around the world. This is something we do in any business environment, but the economics of innovation, efficiency and cost management are even more important when commodity prices are low. The technologies we deploy help us find and commercialize new oil and gas fields cost-effectively and also help us recover more resources from existing fields. They enable us to integrate data and information so that we can manage and develop our global assets efficiently. And they help us operate safely and reliably with a smaller environmental footprint.

building a reliable future

Today, technology is optimizing what we do across our operations. It’s helping to increase productivity, streamline projects, cut costs and improve our reliability. This trend will continue to support our base business, new assets and new projects. And as we integrate more elaborate technological solutions into our operations, we’ll gear up for new targets while keeping a constant focus on reliability, safety, efficiency and the environment.

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horizontal steam injection

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, 2015 marked two years of operation for our first project to inject steam from a horizontal well into a heavy oil reservoir. The project has yielded encouraging oil production response while reducing our environmental footprint. The pilot project included our industry-leading downhole fiber-optic-based steam injection flow profiling methodology, as well as multiple configurations of our own flow control (and isolation) devices for optimizing steam distribution. Best practices will be deployed worldwide for all horizontal wells using steam. The flow profiling success also has applications in the increasingly sophisticated use of wellbore surveillance in unconventional and offshore assets.

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nuclear magnetic resonance technology

Chevron continues applying Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology to oilfield applications. Our researchers are working to develop a state-of-the-art, integrated high-temperature, high-pressure and multiphase NMR laboratory in Houston, Texas. The lab will enable the development of innovative NMR technologies to acquire petrophysical data not previously available. These technologies replicate downhole flow conditions to characterize the reservoir and enhance well productivity in our most challenging tight and heavy oil assets. Additional efforts are underway to make NMR technology portable for field applications.

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crossing the congo

Chevron connected two wellbores drilled from separate jack-up rigs and pulled through a gas pipeline conduit to form a nearly 4.5 mile pipeline under the Congo River submarine canyon offshore Angola. The Congo River Canyon crossing is part of the pipeline that is designed to transport up to 250 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from Blocks 0 and 14 to Chevron’s Angola LNG plant. This is the largest well-intersection project executed by Chevron.

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Subsea mudlift and horizontal drilling are technologies being deployed to meet business needs, strengthen our base business and grow daily productions.

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enhanced oil recovery 

Chevron invests heavily in base business, much of it in EOR.

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managing our assets

Automation enables Chevron to operate more safely, reliably and efficiently; reduce costs; recover more resources; and better manage risks.

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