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APRIL 2009

Special Focus

  • OTC 2009 will focus on new technology and the economic environment

    Krista H. Kuhl, Technical Editor

    Topics ranging from price volatility to Arctic exploration will pack this year’s OTC schedule.

  • Spotlight on new technology

    • Baker Hughes Inc. receives two Spotlight awards for fourth consecutive year
    • Subsea electronics module offers better communication
    • Coil shooting enhances WAZ and MAZ techniques
    • System combines freshwater injection and crude-freshwater mixing
    • Pulse technology extends battery life
    • Dynamic curvature sensor detects problems early
    • Power suction tool more effective at debris recovery from producing wells
    • Subsea monitoring systems record buckling
    • Industry’s first one-trip Level 4 multilateral system
    • Diamond radial bearings offer greater abrasion resistance
    • LNG loading system allows new transfer methods
    • New method challenges drilling limitations
    • Acoustic system provides full control for subsea BOP equipment




  • Editorial comment

    Perry A. Fischer, Editor

    Vol. 230 No.4   PERRY A. FISCHER, EDITOR Horse hockey and other equine economics I remember it almost to the day: It was in December 1981. I was hammering on a roof, listening to the radio, when it suddenly became OK to flaunt wealth. It was

  • Drilling advances

    Les Skinner, Contributing Editor

    Low-force shear rams

  • Exploration discoveries

    Arthur Berman, Contributing Editor

    Exploration discoveries

  • Oil and Gas in the Capitals


    Europe’s natural gas worries: A tripartite mess in two ways

  • What’s new in production

    David M. Cohen, Managing Editor
    Cap and trade’s fall from inevitability

News & Resources

  • Companies in the news

    April 2009

  • Industry at a glance

    In February, US workover and US rotary rigs continued to freefall. The US workover rig count fell to 1,947, down 20.7% from 2,455 in February 2008 and down 9.5% from 2,152 the previous month. Rotary rigs running in the US fell to 1,320, down 25% from 1,765 in February 2008 and down 15% from 1,553 the previous month. Despite the falloff in US rigs, the international rotary rig count remained stable at 1,530 in February.
  • Meetings and Events

    Meetings and Events

  • New products

    New Products

  • People in industry

    People in the Industry

  • World of Oil

    Krista H. Kuhl

    CNOOC plans $44 billion investment; Japan and Venezuela sign agreement;Tullow gets Uganda go-ahead;CNOOC starts Bozhong

  • relaunches as the new World Oil Online

    The new site testifies to Gulf Publishing Company’s continued investment in editorial excellence.



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