Featured Articles ///

Rigs, completions rise, as differentials sink

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Bolstered by the eagerly-awaited start-up of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the takeaway bottleneck that trapped Bakken-Three Forks producers behind an economic eight-ball is evaporating and taking pricing differentials with it.

“From scratch” frac re-design yields uplift in legacy Bakken field

Peter Bommer, Marc Bayne, Abraxas Petroleum Corporation; Michael Mayerhofer, Mike Machovoe, Liberty Oilfield Services; Maciej Staron, PetraNova Engineering Corp

A North Dakota operator took advantage of the recent slowdown, to take a fresh look at its Bakken completion design. Utilizing public data and shared industry learnings, a new recipe was developed that yielded a 23% production uplift in its first application.

What’s new in artificial lift?, Part 2

Joe D. Woods, International Pinpoint; James F. Lea, PL Tech LLC

Part 2: In this second of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in ESPs, PCPs, plunger lift and gas lift systems, plus new developments in power, automation, control and monitoring systems.

What’s new in artificial lift?, Part 1

Joe D. Woods, International Pinpoint; James F. Lea, PL Tech LLC

Part 1: In this first of two monthly reports, the authors review various artificial lift technologies and highlight innovations in beam/rod pumping, linear lift units, hydraulic jet pumps and more.

Featured Columns ///

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto

Recent major discoveries in the Atlantic, off Guyana’s coast, promise an oil revenue boom as early as 2020.

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek

It is that time again. A new administration in Washington, a new federal budget and its priorities being proposed, and tax reform being debated, have all joined to bring the subject of energy subsidies, yet again, to the forefront.

Industry at a Glance ///

U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs
International Rotary Drilling Rigs

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