April 1998 ///

Special Focus

OTC '98

Technical program overview, general information for 30th Annual Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, May 4 – 7

What's new in artificial lift

Part 2 - Twenty new industry developments in electrical submersible pumping, plus two other artificial lift related advances

Features

Coiled tubing sidetrack taps bypassed reserves

How UK operator applied CT methods to get 2-1/4-in. open hole completion

Harding field: A North Sea success story

Part 2 – Management philosophies/ strategies that improved well quality

How to optimize production from plunger lift systems

Part 1 – Basic principles of field systems, some common misconceptions

Making a living in the oil patch

How the job market for oil/gas professionals is different in 1998

Predicting frictional pressure losses in CT annuli: An improved method

Techniques for Newtonian fluid flow include wall roughness effects

Will the millennium bug give your operations the flu?

Start now to correct process/ control systems for year-2000 problems

Special Report

France

Research group looks for innovation, reliability and cost reduction * Multicomponent seismic enhancement * New semisub deepwater drilling rig * Subsea multiphase pump development * Exhibition in Print

Italy

NPD balances policy with operational realities * Multiphase meters in satellite projects * World's largest semisub FPDU * Downhole separation lowers watercut * Exhibition in Print

Netherlands

Exploration for gas rebounds on mature Dutch shelf * Integrated drilling semi for deep water * Large installation vessel for 1999 * Two new drillship models * Jackup MOPU with storage * Exhibition in Print

Norway

NPD balances policy with operational realities * Multiphase meters in satellite projects * World's largest semisub FPDU * Downhole separation lowers watercut * Exhibition in Print

Offshore Technology Conference '98. . .

This year, more than 40,000 registrants from 70 countries will visit 1,500 exhibits and participate in a technical program with 300 operationally oriented papers. Gulf Publishing Co. will be there with its display of technical books and three trade journa

United Kingdom

British operators remain cautiously optimistic * Compact wellhead desander * New downhole drilling sleeve * Exhibition in Print

Columns

Comment

Miscellany

Editorial Comment

Half-baked strategy

International

Pendaries Petroleum exemplifies new independents overseas

Oil and gas in Washington

La Niña hits Washington

What's happening in drilling

IADC/SPE Drilling Conference sets new attendance record

What's happening in exploration

Exploration well, volcano and a sacrificial chicken

What's happening in production

Giant field list, sand production study

What's happening offshore

Terra Nova development, drilling cost study

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

April 1998 Vol. 219 No. 4  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Activity Tabl

Looking ahead

New equipment

New literature

Oil country hot line

People in industry