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Special Focus

Africa: Algeria

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Algeria Algeria depends on energy for 95% of its outside revenues. Recent years have see

Africa: Angola

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Angola The 30-year-long civil war continues unabated. Although more than 700,000 bopd is

Africa: Congo

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Congo Officials from Angola and Congo met in February 2000 to discuss ways to benefit mu

Africa: Cote d'Ivoire

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Cote D'ivoire

Africa: Egypt

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Opportunity knocks Look for continued exploration success in the West; massive gas development in the

Africa: Gabon

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Gabon A West African regional meeting was called in November 1999 by Nigerian President

Africa: Libya

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Libya Libya is hoping that its cooperation in the Lockerbie bombing trial, currently ong

Africa: Nigeria

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Nigeria Fires, riots, ethnic massacres, bombings, protests, declarations of force majeur

Africa: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Others Vanco Energy acquired Namibia’s offshore 2.4 million-acre Block 1711. The firm is curr

Africa: Sudan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Sudan Sudan became an oil exporter in August 199

Africa: Tunisia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  AFRICA Tunisia President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was re-elected in October 1999, along with his

Far East: Brunei

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Brunei In a 50/50 partnership with the government, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has, u

Far East: China

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Economic recovery improves outlook With the recession winding down, and domestic growth resuming, foreign

Far East: India

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST India The principal upstream operator in India is state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Comm

Far East: Indonesia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Indonesia An anticipated restructuring of the oil and gas sector did not occur. The House of Repre

Far East: Malaysia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Malaysia After being hammered by the Asian crisis of 1997 and 1998 (7.5% decline in gr

Far East: Myanmar

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Myanmar Under the Ministry of Energy, the state oil company for upstream is the Myanma

Far East: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Others Reviewing several of the area’s countries with essentially no oil or gas i

Far East: Pakistan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Pakistan The government approved the new Petroleum Policy in 1994, causing a surge in

Far East: Philippines

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Philippines Players in the country’s upstream oil industry include the Philippine

Far East: Thailand

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Thailand After suffering a 9.4% decline in real gross domestic product (GDP) for 1998, Thailand re

Far East: Viet Nam

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FAR EAST Viet Nam Viet Nam’s per-capita commercial energy consumption is still among the l

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Azerbaijan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Azerbaijan The top story in Azerbaijan’s E&am

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Belarus

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Belarus

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Eastern Europe Albania. Occidental Petroleum (operator, 50%) and partners lifted

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Kazakhstan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Kazakhstan The republic last year marked its 100th

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Other FSU republics

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Other FSU Republics Although it is a transit corri

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Russia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Signs of recovery begin to appear Soaring oil prices have breathed new life into many of the forme

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Turkmenistan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Turkmenistan Most of Turkmenistan’s oil and g

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Ukraine

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Ukraine Oil and condensate output was 75,688 bpd,

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Uzbekistan

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  FSU/EASTERN EUROPE Interfax Petroleum Agency, Moscow Uzbekistan In late April, Uzbek President Islom Ka

Middle East: Abu Dhabi

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST All countries, except Iran and Turkey, by Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor UAE –

Middle East: Dubai

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor UAE – Dubai Despite higher oil price

Middle East: Iran

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Iran According to an annual IHS Energy Group study, Iran topped the list of the wor

Middle East: Iraq

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Iraq Despite United Nations (UN) economic

Middle East: Kuwait

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Kuwait The recent explosion at Mina al-Ahmadi oil re

Middle East: Neutral Zone

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Neutral Zone Saudi Arabia shares this 6,2

Middle East: Oman

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Oman Despite the fact that Oman is not a

Middle East: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Others Bahrain. To improve the efficien

Middle East: Qatar

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Qatar As one of the world’s largest

Middle East: Saudi Arabia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Disciplined output pays off Windfall oil revenues and conservative spending have given the new mi

Middle East: Syria

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Syria The death of Hafez Al-Assad, the el

Middle East: Turkey

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Turkey Electrical energy demand in Turkey is growing 10% annually. This year, electrical energy

Middle East: Yemen

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  MIDDLE EAST Dr. A. F. Alhajji, Contributing Editor Yemen Recent economic reforms and new inv

North America: Canada

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  NORTH AMERICA Canada Robert Curran, Calgary, Alberta Early in 2000, oil and gas pro

North America: Cuba

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  NORTH AMERICA Cuba Mexico and Venezuela renewed the 20-year-old San Jose accord, which calls for

North America: Mexico

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  NORTH AMERICA Mexico The PRI party’s 71 years of rule ended on July 2 when PAN party candidate

North America: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  NORTH AMERICA Others    Greenland saw the Qulleq 1 offshore well drilled this s

North America: United States

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  NORTH AMERICA The Upturn Continues The 50% rise in drilling looks spectacular, but it follows a 66-year low i

South America: Argentina

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Argentina New President Fernando De la R

South America: Bolivia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Bolivia In 1999, the country moved to au

South America: Brazil

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Brazil Early this year, President Cardos

South America: Chile

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Chile The economy

South America: Colombia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Colombia The country is developing a mor

South America: Ecuador

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Ecuador Conversion to a dollar-based mon

South America: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Others No wells we

South America: Peru

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Peru President Alberto Fujimori decided

South America: Trinidad and Tobago

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Stuart Wilkinson, Contributing Editor Trinidad And Tobago

South America: Venezuela

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH AMERICA Competing for foreign investment Good discoveries and huge gas development plans require ample

South Pacific: Australia

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH PACIFIC Discoveries go on with subdued activity The region’s future depends on new oil discoveries and sec

South Pacific: New Zealand

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH PACIFIC New Zealand This island country produces an estimated 41,000 bopd and over 500 MMcfgd,

South Pacific: Papua New Guinea

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH PACIFIC Papua New Guinea Large structures such as Moran, Hides, Hedenia, Kutubu and Gobe have given

South Pacific: Zone of Cooperation

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  SOUTH PACIFIC Zone Of Cooperation In the area between Timor Island and northern Australia, NW of Darwin, Ph

Western Europe: Denmark

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Robyn Fowler and Susannah James, Arthur Andersen-Petroleum Services Group, London Denm

Western Europe: France

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE France Licensing. In 1999, there was a 24% increase in the surface area covere

Western Europe: Germany

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Germany No license deals took place in the German offshore sector and no exploration or appr

Western Europe: Ireland

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Robyn Fowler and Susannah James, Arthur Andersen-Petroleum Services Group, London Irel

Western Europe: Italy

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Italy Exploration. Hardman Resources of Australia and JKX Oil and Gas of the U

Western Europe: Netherlands

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Robyn Fowler and Susannah James, Arthur Andersen-Petroleum Services Group, London Nether

Western Europe: Norway

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Robyn Fowler and Susannah James, Arthur Andersen-Petroleum Services Group, London Norway

Western Europe: Others

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE Others Portugal. Mohave Oil and Gas of Houston is drilling in the Lusitanian b

Western Europe: United Kingdom

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  International Outlook  WESTERN EUROPE North Sea operators are still holding back While onshore E&P firms have been quick to exploit high

World Trends: Price does matter

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  Feature Article  WORLD TRENDS Price does matter ompared to a year ago, global oil prices have skyrocketed. Some reasons include m

Features

Technology at Work: E&P projects show positive benefit from recent innovations

Successful field trials for enclosed burner * Real-time monitoring of drilling/production operations * Autonomous seafloor seismographs for wide aperture imaging * Storage area network increases seismology productivity * E&P waste management through landf

Special Report

About the Deepwater Technology Supplement

August 2000 Supplement  This is the

Advertisers' index

Annular pressure buildup: What it is and what to do about it

Well designs for problems of cold annular liquids heated by hot tubing

Brazil's ultra-deep water: The next steps to 3,000 meters

Review of technical subjects covered by Petrobras’ three PROCAP R&D programs

Deepwater soil thermally insulates buried flowlines

Studies indicate potential cost savings by burying bare or coated pipe

Deepwater Technology

Execution of offshore projects: West Coast of Africa

ExxonMobil’s Angolan development highlights need for industry cooperation

Fibre ropes: Industry studies build knowledge on potential use

Summary of major literature study; review of recent European-based JIPs

Fracturing products and additive

Table lists functions and supplier trade names of 22 categories of additives offered by six major service companies, plus proppant products manufactured by five companies

Hydrate/wax formation in subsea satellite wells and flowlines

Predicting problems in deepwater operations using deposition envelopes

New-generation service vessels for the GOM

Smaller service/ intervention vessels, lighter risers offer big cost savings

Service and operating companies join forces to meet deepwater challenges

A panel in print: • Antoine Serceau - Elf moves ahead with Girassol • Skip Ward - OTRC offers world-class research facility • Chuck Alexander - Service company's R&D in deepwater role • Sir Ian Wood - Wood Group's recent international

Survey technology keeps pace with move to deeper waters

How advanced sensors, other tools help ensure precision and meet regulations

Columns

Editorial Comment

DOE's boss having a hard time getting gasoline price story right

International Politics

IPAA says high prices put energy back on Washington agenda; Bill Archer to retire

What's happening in drilling

People/spare parts getting expensive; IADC Drilling Manual goes electronic

What's happening offshore

Important offshore stuff started 25 years ago; Record deepwater platform

News & Resources

Industry at a glance

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Acti

Looking ahead

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  Looking Ahead  Kazahkstan strikes first offshore oil find. The Offshore Kazakhstan International Operating Co. (OKIOC) discovered oil for

Oil country hot line

August 2000 Vol. 221 No. 8  Hot Line  Maritime border fight may spoil tract Neighboring South American countries asked for a regional mediator to help

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