April 1999 ///

Special Focus

What's new in artificial lift

Part 2 describes 25 innovations for downhole/ surface electrical submersible pumping equipment and other related technology


Drilling optimization: Practice makes perfect!

Part 2 - How computers are allowing us to gain "artificial experience" that helps move us down the learning curve toward optimized drilling

Fossil fuels are vital to U.S. productivity

Studies show, if the Kyoto Protocol is ratified, cuts in fossil fuel use would lower productivity growth and cut U.S. living standards

Handling a shallow gas blowout in Southeast Texas

Drilling of a relief well to control an early 1998 gas well blowout is described, including planning, drilling and plug/ abandon operations

Optimizing a long multi-lateral gas well's inflow performance

A review of objectives, fluid testing, equipment design and downhole operations for a dual lateral to drain a tight North Sea reservoir

OTC '99

Preview of the Offshore Technology Conference set for Houston, May 3-6, presents technical session content and schedules, plus other topical luncheon and exhibition information

Technology from Europe

Special 24-page World Oil report covers selected technology developments and case history applications from companies in several European countries, plus interviews with the European Commission and Eurogif, and new product/ service reviews

Special Report


This special World Oil -prepared report covers selected Italian technology developments with an interview with Agip's CEO, technical articles and new product and service reviews


New equipment

New literature


Editorial Comment

Solar power plant hazards; VP Gore's involvement in EPA questioned


Sweet oil strike in Kuwait; Canadian drilling update; New Petrobras head

Oil and gas in Washington

The industry is sending strong messages to Congress about its problems

What's happening in drilling

New mobile land rig package; Expandable-casing prototype trial coming

What's happening in exploration

New software standards; Sectional seismic cables for difficult land surveys

What's happening in production

Lift system for stripper wells; New stimulation vessel for the U.S. Gulf

What's happening offshore

More on flawed Kyoto Protocol; Chevron selling offshore California assets

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Archive  April 1999 Vol. 220 No. 4  Company News  Exxon South Caspian Ltd. signed an exploration and production-sharing contract with State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) for 15%

Industry at a glance

Archive  April 1999 Vol. 220 No. 4  Industry Stats                        

Looking ahead

Archive  April 1999 Vol. 220 No. 4  Looking Ahead  Wyoming producers to receive severance tax break. The State House and Senate have passed a bill on severance taxes that would give Wyomin

Oil country hot line

Archive  April 1999 Vol. 220 No. 4  Hot Line  IPAA supports oil price crisis resolution The Oil Price Crisis Relief Resolution, developed at an Oil Price Crisis Summit hosted by Oklahoma Gov

People in industry

Archive  April 1999 Vol. 220 No. 4  People  Santa Fe Energy Resources promoted Timothy S. Parker to exploration and land senior VP. Venezuelan president-elect Hugo Chavez appointed Al