Featured Articles ///

Regional Report: Offshore Western Europe

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Analysts see the region gearing up for a comeback

U.S. operators are teed up for a drilling resurgence

Alex Endress, Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Drilling activity is noticeably higher, as American drillers climb out from historically low levels.

High strength alloys and connection options for extreme HPHT wells

Bruce Bradley, JFE Technology Center

Ultra-HPHT wells are challenging the limits of tubular performance, in terms of metallurgy and threaded connections. But higher pressures and temperatures are only part of the challenge. Carbon steel, hot-rolled chromium-based stainless steel, and cold-hardened materials are all options that must be considered to optimize economics in ultra-HPHT applications.

Scientific approach applied to multi-well pad development in Eagle Ford shale

Kush Gakhar, Dan Shan, Yuri Rodionov, Raj Malpani, Efe Ejofodomi, Jian Xu, Karsten Fischer, Timothy Pope, Schlumberger

As the inventory of single-well pads in North American shale plays continues to build, the industry needs to determine: 1) What is the optimum spacing for an in-fill well; 2) Where should new multiple in-fill wells be drilled? An engineered approach enhances play economics and ensures maximized recovery with the least capital expenditure.

Featured Columns ///

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden

In a book described as “geek humor at its finest,” Spurious Correlations takes a look at data obsession and conspiracy theories through wacky attempts at drawing a linear link between the statistically debunked correlation and causation relationship.

First Oil

Kurt Abraham

On July 30, either through their own free will, or through coercion and intimidation by their president, Nicholas Maduro, the citizens of Venezuela approved a new “Constituent Assembly.”

Industry at a Glance ///

U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs
International Rotary Drilling Rigs

Data courtesy of Baker Hughes.

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