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JULY 2012

Special Focus


  • Shale Tech: Eagle Ford rig count down; operators cautiously bullish as permits, new wells soar

    Jim Redden

    Firmly etched in Richard Stoneburner’s psyche is Oct. 11, 2008. On that doubly memorable Saturday, while the University of Texas aficionado was watching his football team dismantle then number-one-ranked Oklahoma University in their annual grudge match, word came down that the textbook geological evaluation of a young South Texas shale that he helped orchestrate had, likewise, delivered a winner.

  • Field testing CO2 foams, conformance control gels for EOR – Part 3

    Robert Enick, James Ammer, Alberts Yost and William Schuller

    Part 3. Pilot tests of CO2 foams have been conducted for conformance control and mobility control purposes, and aqueous gel treatments have also been employed for conformance control during CO2 floods.

  • Lab tests for drilling equipment: Going beyond API standards

    Alfredo Sanchez, Steve Giordano, Nevio Moroni and Claudio Molaschi

    Some of today’s more challenging wells subject downhole equipment to conditions close to their physical limits. While API specifications and recommended practices serve as a basis for product testing, it is sometimes necessary to test for conditions not covered by those documents. Close collaboration between manufacturers and operators is essential.

  • Show Preview: ONS focuses on sustainability, diversification and security

    Nell Lukosavich

    As advancements continue to be made in offshore technology, and resources are discovered in new, ever-deeper waters around the world, Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) 2012, one of Europe’s premier oil and gas shows, will explore some of the varying challenges—economical, geopolitical and regulatory—in today’s offshore operations.

  • Optimizing horizontal completions with openhole packers

    Paolo Gavioli and Roberto Vicario

    Part 1. Openhole packers have transformed from novel technology to a critical key for success, effective in different applications, including curing losses, controlling high-permeability zones and fractures, improving flow equalization, and controlling water and gas production.

  • Shale Tech: Provocative concepts in fracturing

    Russell Wright

    Background. Provocation is an essential part of the creativity process. Faced with a mental or practical observation that contradicts and challenges the accepted norm, our mind is provoked to seek alternative explanations. Provocation can be deliberate, or compulsory, and forced by necessity. In either case, the process opens new avenues for learning and innovation

  • Recent developments in wireline logging and formation evaluation

    Stephen Prensky

    Part 2. Wellsite evaluation is experiencing a revolution with the development of ruggedized hand-held analyzers and automated mineralogical analysis in real time. New techniques are also available for core handling and laboratory analysis. In the new digital rock physics discipline, CT imaging systems are now available with nanometer resolution for exceptional insight into core microstructure.

  • Regional Report - North Sea: The near-term outlook is bright in Norway and Ireland, while a mixed bag remains for the UK, Denmark and The Netherlands

    André Sharma and Elizabeth Lloyd

    The near-term outlook is bright in Norway and Ireland, while a mixed bag remains for the UK, Denmark and The Netherlands

  • Show Preview: Technology advances in exploitation highlighted at ShaleTech 2012

    N. Lukosavich

    As the development of shale plays continues to evolve, both in the U.S. and other parts of the world, innovations are being made in shale exploration, drilling, completions and production.

  • Tracking hydrocarbon seepage in Argentina’s Neuquén basin

    David Connolly and Roberto Garcia

    The integration of surface microbial surveys and gas chimney probability volumes is useful for detecting overlooked pay and unconventional resources in mature basins, such as the Neuquén basin.


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