September 2000 ///
How new methodology takes advantage of azimuthal variation of smaller faults and fractures not preserved in conventional data processing
New, three-component, digital accelerometer offers improved response and low noise for imaging reservoirs with shear and compressional waves
Experience gained in 4-D imaging/ time-lapse reservoir management, including four illustrated examples of interpreted reservoir changes
How buried hydrocarbons alter the upward flow of heat through earth layers, thus giving industry another valuable exploration tool
New procedure based on detecting/ analyzing wellbore “breathing” gives more footage between casings, prevents mud loss/well control problems
How gases and liquids move, or don’t move, through reservoir pore spaces and the effect on efficiencies of reservoir drive mechanisms
Part 1 – Introduction to two-part article tells how IT professionals can improve computer security and allow the use of exploration applications
Important issues of business development of small, independent companies, particularly their interactions with major oil companies
Case studies for Independent Producers
In six months of testing at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC), a unique air pulse lifting system, developed by Petroleum Asset Management Co. (PAMCO), lowered power consumption for lifting fluids in two shallow oil wells by 71%.
An integrated, E&P waste management facility has reduced Patina Oil & Gas Corp.’s costs for processing oil-contaminated soils and fluids, including tank bottoms.
New Dominion, L.L.C. has taken a bolder approach to developing major new reserves in exhausted oil and gas fields.
Using a nitrogen huff and puff (cyclic) process, Bretagne G. P. increased production from a mature Appalachian basin reservoir from 200 bopd to 500 bopd with no significant increase in water production.
Since 1995, Burlington Resources has been conducting a pilot test of enhancing coalbed methane recovery through carbon dioxide (CO<SUB>2</SUB>) injection.
Phillips Alaska Inc. realized a 400-bopd incremental production increase in Well 3K-24, a horizontal well with slotted liner, by using polymer-specific enzymes (PSE) to reduce polymer-related, drill-in fluid damage.
Since 1994, Devon Energy Corp. has employed the Vapor Jet system to capture hydrocarbon vapors from oil and water storage tanks in a West Texas waterflood operation.
Annual comprehensive listing of 20 major manufacturers’ commercial bits. Divided into six formation types from soft/sticky to extremely hard, tables show name, IADC code, size and performance of each firm’s offerings
The least little hiccup could send U.S. spot prices for natural gas to $6 per Mcf
Arabic producers may have a way to express their unhappiness with Al Gore
Norwegian officials appear ready to substantially change E&P policy
E&P spending survey results; MMS proposes drilling regulations revision
Craters from gas eruptions found off U.S. mid-Atlantic coast
E-commerce: Spears & Associates’ interview survey; 12-company JV formed
Petrobras find in Santos basin; 10 energy study projects for the decade
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