October 2000 ///

Special Focus

48th annual Reed-Hycalog rig census

Exclusive report with tables and figures summarizes major annual survey of U.S. drilling contractors' fleet status and key activity indicators

Dual-gradient drilling nearly ready for field test

Industry’s SubSea MudLift Drilling JIP is assembling a critically tested package of components for their first deepwater test in early 2001

Fluids management and batch drilling minimize waste and cut overall costs

BP Amoco’s integrated approach to managing fluid-related issues cut costs/ disposable wastes in major gas expansion project in the Netherlands

Horizontal drilling proves cost-effective in boosting gas production

Texaco describes evolution of the technology that made drilling of 50 horizontal laterals in a Permian basin gas field an economic success


Careful analysis reveals root cause of gamma-ray anomalies

Anomalously low gamma-ray levels over two Israeli oil fields have been traced to reactions to migrating hydrocarbon interactions

Improving system security

Part 2 – A list of practical solutions is given for reducing vulnerabilities of libraries, passwords and other security weaknesses

OPEC cannot manage world oil markets with a price band

Other commodity organizations have not controlled markets with price banding and OPEC is not likely to be successful in such an approach

Rigless frac packs provide cost-effective completions

Reduced concerns about flowrates through smaller gravel pack screens could lead to more monobore completions, where sand control is a concern

Special Report

Mobile offshore production units 2000

World Oil’s annual listing of the 140-unit worldwide MOPU fleet shows ownership, typical photographs and performance data for FPSOs, semisubmersibles, jackups and barges, excluding storage/ offloading vessels


New equipment

New literature


Editorial Comment

Singing a new song; Other odds and ends


OPEC dumps more oil on the market; Saudi Arabia strikes even more gas

International Politics

Venezuela reveals how and where it will offer gas development licenses

What's happening in drilling

European offshore spending forecast; Drilling innovations from ONS 2000

What's happening in exploration

Continental drift, abiogenic theory and hydrocarbons in space

What's happening in production

Global warming: Scientific reports vary on this confusing subject

What's happening offshore

Some comments on ONS 2000; UK fallow field initiative by the DTI

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Oct. 2000 Vol. 221 No. 10  Company News  WellBid, Inc., and eNersection combined the companies under the name Wellogix, Inc. Hallibu

Industry at a glance

Looking ahead

Oil country hot line

People in industry