April Meeting 2015

SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2015



 
Brian C. Gahan

Founder and President

Laser Rock Technologies
Perforating with Lasers: Are You Ready for the Power of Light?


Lasers are on track to provide safe, nonexplosive, damage-free perforations. Current industrial laser technology addresses efficiency, portability, and reliability issues required for successful commercial field applications on all rock types, including shale. The latest multimode configuration of fiber lasers are now capable of delivering multiple kilowatts of power from an efficient, compact laser source with excellent beam quality, reliability, and long life. They represent an enabling technology that opens the door for near-term subsurface laser applications under field conditions. Examples of remote surface field applications have been made. The application of high-power lasers for perforating could significantly reduce the primary drawbacks of traditional methods—safety and damage. Lasers can cut through steel, cement, and rock to permit fluid flow with minimal skin damage. Laser perforation concepts were proven under multiple downhole conditions. Many drilling, completion, and subsurface applications with high-power lasers are envisioned.

             Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois. He was a senior scientist and manager at the Gas Technology Institute. Gahan holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering, a master’s degree in chemical engineering, and an MBA degree in finance. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 papers.


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