June 2000 ///

Special Focus

Case histories bring reality to well control training

How Louisiana State University, with MMS support, used two underground blowouts as student teaching tools. Key student “learnings" are identified

Optimizing circulation while drilling underbalanced

New computer program allows hydraulic design of drilling system to predict optimum circulating flowrate for any fluid type

Well control: Past, present and future

Where we are and where we're going with technologies for understanding downhole well control while drilling, emphasizing the drill pipe annulus

Features

3-D geological modeling of Birsa field offshore Tunisia

How a preliminary study done in a short timeframe integrated geological interpretation and geophysical and reservoir analysis for 3-D model building

Conoco's West Natuna project proceeds with creativity

Creative business moves and technology spur large gas reserve development off Indonesia, with the region's largest international gas supply system

New multicomponent induction resistivity tool finds thin-bed pay

3-D resisitivity used in combination with standard induction or LWD data gives more-accurate reservoir information. Article details testing, theory and uses

Technology at Work: New operating methods: Data handling to downhole completions

* Sorting out the data-network dilemma * Completions without packers and safety valves * New downhole tractor * Small-scale water frac in California * New online data system for Mississippi

The changing face of underbalanced drilling technology

Part III - Concluding article gives six-year case history of pressure-depleted reservoir exploitation and evolution of cost-saving, integrated UBD package

Special Report

Fieldbus Technology

Following page 120, a 28-page supplement presents seven technical articles describing Ethernet technology/ applications, HSE high-speed automation, fieldbus process controls for chemical plants, and communications and management for upstream offshore and

World Oil's Fluids 2000: Classifications of fluid systems

Exclusive annual listing shows trade names, generic descriptions and recommended usage/ suppliers of nearly 3,000 fluid system additives for drilling/ completion/ workovers, as offered by 107 companies

Departments

New equipment

New literature

Columns

Editorial Comment

Toxics discovered in surprising place; What makes up your gasoline taxes

International

Canadians carry buoyant message to OTC about activity off the East Coast

International Politics

Investors must be willing to take change at its own pace in Saudi Arabia

What's happening in drilling

Halliburton's new Anaconda system; U.S. drilling permits on the rise

What's happening in exploration

Laser-based exploration progress; Detecting heartbeats with seismics

What's happening in production

Mid-East size Caspian discovery; Update on NORM treating/ disposal issue

What's happening offshore

UKOOA survey shows modest UK recovery; API sues MMS over oil valuation

News & Resources

Companies in the news

June 2000 Vol. 221 No. 6  Company News  Phillips, ExxonMobil, BP Amoco and ARCO agreed to resolve differences regarding ownership and operation of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay Unit

Industry at a glance

June 2000 Vol. 221 No. 6  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Activity Table &nb

Looking ahead

June 2000 Vol. 221 No. 6  Looking Ahead  Saudi investment talks end as oil giants plan to invest. Saudi Arabia’s two-week long negotiations with international oil companies ended w

Oil country hot line

June 2000 Vol. 221 No. 6  Hot Line  Phillips strikes oil on Alaska’s North Slope The Meltwater oil discovery is the first for the new millennium on Alaska’s North Slope. It

People in industry

June 2000 Vol. 221 No. 6  People  Texaco Inc. elected John Bethancourt VP. He will continue his duties as president, production operations. The Houston Exploration Co

Supplement

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

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