November 1999 ///

Special Focus

Best practices program improves rod pumping performance

Implementation of a step-by-step system for optimizing/ monitoring rod- pumped wells in Preston Spraberry Unit reduced equipment failures

Evaluation supports floating LNG safety

Concept safety evaluation of potential risks of grassroots offshore LNG plant design determined that the facility would be safe as onshore plant

How foamed cement advantages extend to hydraulic fracturing operations

Why lower-density foamed cements resist forces applied to the cement sheath between individual perforated zones during fracturing operations

Optimized hydraulic pumping system keeps deep waterflood economical

Article describes efforts to reduce electricity use, lower pump repair costs and improve hydraulic pump power fluid in Citronelle oil field

Permanent downhole monitoring system reliability needs improvement

Description of permanent downhole gauge systems and components, methods of obtaining field data and conclusions from statistical analysis and results

Features

Monitoring Foinaven reservoir: Advances in 4-D seismic

Since 1995, BP and Shell have monitored reservoir changes using time- lapse seismic. Article discusses acquisition, processing and results

Mud lubrication technique is a viable well control tool

Calculations show how to add mud to drill pipe annulus and bleed off gas kick as an alternative to circulating and replacing the influx with mud

P-wave attenuation helps identify lithology and pore-fluid type

3-D field example illustrates how technique was used to characterize an oil-prospective turbiditic sandstone in the Eastern Venezuelan basin

U.S. energy policy contributed to lower oil prices

How Clinton-administration policies helped swell global supplies beyond demand, depressing prices and driving many producers out of business

Special Report

Acidizing products and additives

Useful reference table covers seven pumping companies and product suppliers, listing tradenames for 28 categories of acidizing products and additives, plus generic names and descriptions of product composition and function

Departments

New equipment

New literature

Columns

Editorial Comment

World crude statistics look fishy again; 'tis the season for dull speeches

International

Kazakhstan, an oasis in FSU bureaucratic quagmire; International deals

International Politics

Political news not good for oil/gas projects in Russia and rest of FSU

What's happening in drilling

Opinions of the coming market from IADC; Worldwide offshore rig demand

What's happening in exploration

Radar as an exploration tool; Discoveries in Tennessee and Australia

What's happening in production

50,000 boepd well at Ursa field; Gas to liquids activity growing

What's happening offshore

Three discoveries in U.S. deep water; AUVs generating industry interest

News & Resources

Companies in the news

November 1999 Vol. 220 No. 11  Company News  Enerflex Systems Ltd. opened their $38-million gas compressor package manufacturing and office facility on a 40-acre site in southeast Calgary, C

Industry at a glance

November 1999 Vol. 220 No. 11  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Activity

Looking ahead

November 1999 Vol. 220 No. 11  Looking Ahead  Vista Energy Resources and Prize Energy merge to create mid-size oil and gas company. In a transaction that will create a company with assets in

Oil country hot line

November 1999 Vol. 220 No. 11  Hot Line  Kerr-McGee makes second GOM deepwater find The Nansen prospect in East Breaks Block 602 in the Gulf of Mexico is the second discovery in the area made

People in industry

November 1999 Vol. 220 No. 11  People  Newly elected officers to The Geophysical Society of Houston are Wendy Jones, editor; Lloyd R. Weathers, first VP; Philip L. Inderwiesen, treasur

Supplement

99-11_acidizing-intro.htm (Nov-1999)

A monthly magazine offering industry news, statistics and technical editorial to the oil and gas drilling, exploration and production industry.