A Better Way to Say It

While editing a weekly progress report, I ran across a bunch of short expressions that needed tweaking to make them clearer, simpler, or just better English. I thought I’d share them with you, with my
thoughts and comments on a few of them.
7 cyclic steam wells were in soaking => 7 cyclic steam wells were soaking
Could also say “in soak stage”

the rig is expected to release on Tuesday => the rig is expected to be released on Tuesday
Rigs don’t release; people release the rigs.

the well drilled to TD successfully => the well was drilled to TD successfully
Wells don’t drill; people drill wells. OK to use passive here.

Zone A has a poor reservoir quality => Zone A has poor reservoir quality

Steam injection has started Sept. 2 => Steam injection started Sept. 2

wells prepared to go for second steam cycle => wells are prepared for the second steam cycle

The plan to improve conformance by… => The plan is to improve conformance by…

It had a pump upsize => We upsized the pump

after the pump upsize => after the pump was upsized

prior to use the data for… => prior to using the data for…

well was brought back on production => well resumed production

for preparation of the meeting => in preparation for the meeting

not over 1% => no more than 1%

has been submitted this  week => was submitted this week

added reserves is 67 million bbl => added reserves are 67 million bbl

the well was restated => the well was restarted
Oopsie! There’s another one that got away from Spell Checker!

One Response to “A Better Way to Say It”

  1. Dmitry Says:

    I have a couple of questions regarding this blog entry:
    1) “Zone A has a poor reservoir quality => Zone A has poor reservoir quality.” Okay, no article because “quality” is an abstract noun? Why then do I often see sentences like “What a lovely weather!”, are they incorrect? I thought that you could put an indefinite article in cases when such nouns are modified.
    2) “after the pump upsize => after the pump was upsized” Could one use a perfect tense form here as well?
    3) “has been submitted this week => was submitted this week” Why? This week has not ended (at least, at the time when the report was written). I know that you cannot use Present Perfect when the exact time is indicated like in “Steam injection has started Sept. 2 => Steam injection started Sept. 2,” but why can’t it be used here?

    Thanks in advance for your reply!
    I really enjoy reading your blog!

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