Anadarko is committed to safely applying proven technology to create pathways to new opportunities for energy development, further preserving and protecting the environment.
Anadarko has successfully and safely explored for energy resources beneath salt layers in the subsurface for more than a decade. During this time, Anadarko's geoscientists have developed a subsalt exploration methodology that includes applying leading-edge technology to process and interpret geophysical data. The combination of expertise in technological applications and exploration experience has allowed Anadarko to establish a differentiating skill set and industry-leading deepwater exploration success rate that is being applied to proven and emerging basins worldwide.
Deepwater Spar Technology
Anadarko has an extensive collection of spar floating production facilities spanning the Gulf of Mexico. Deepwater spar production systems offer a stable platform attached to a large cylindrical hull that can accommodate dry-tree and wet-tree wells, and support workover and drilling operations. One of the major benefits of the floating spar facility is the ability to move it and drill additional wells under the spar. This allows for phased development of deepwater fields. To view photos of our Lucius, Constitution, Boomvang and Redhawk spars, visit our Media Library under the Media Center section of our website.
Horizontal drilling is a technological advancement that was key in unlocking vast new oil and natural gas resources in the U.S. onshore. Horizontal drilling is a method of drilling thousands of feet vertically then turning the drill bit to drill another several thousand feet horizontally along the resource-bearing zones. This practice allows for the wellbore to access a larger cross section of the targeted reservoir, increasing production rates. Horizontal drilling also carries environmental benefits, as it significantly reduces the amount of surface space needed for production by enabling numerous wells to be drilled from a single pad. Doing so allows producers to consolidate gathering equipment, roads and pipelines, and reduces truck traffic and associated emissions.
In Utah’s Greater Natural Buttes area, Anadarko was recognized by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining with its 2010 Earth Day Award, and by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission with its 2010 Chairman’s Award for the Anadarko Completions Transportation System (ACTS) water-management program. This water-management program creates temporary staging sites on existing natural gas well locations that treat recycled flowback water that is used for fracture stimulation and moves the filtered water directly to the next operation via temporary pipelines. These pipelines use existing pad locations and rights of way that minimize additional surface disturbance, truck traffic and associated emissions.
Anadarko has built extensive reservoir simulation expertise in miscible recovery efforts, including CO2 and water-alternating-gas enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects. During the initial stage of a project, simulation tools provide performance projections for many possible development options. These performance projections are then combined with other engineering, geological, geophysical and commercial considerations to determine a field development plan that will optimize the project's value.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Anadarko is tapping this commonly used tool for gathering spatial data about a region in uncommon ways. GIS provides us with a big-picture view of an area's roads and pipeline systems, terrain, populated areas and environmentally sensitive locations to better plan how we do business in a particular part of the world. By integrating operational and business data about an area with GIS-provided topography, population and environmental details, Anadarko can evaluate, plan and carry out new-venture opportunities with greater efficiency. Learn more about our iMAPs program by visiting our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/anadarkotv.