September 2001 ///
Standard AVO analysis can create errors leading to false prospects. Elastic impedance offers method to give more correct results and fewer dry holes
Results of a solution to storage/retrieval/ management, as developed by a service company alliance, is overviewed for a Conoco business unit
Part 1 presents classification system for the world's 20 regional areas of giant fields, plus tectonic settings and maps of the first seven areas
Author discusses seven possible organic carbon sources for transportation fuel alternatives and five carbon conversion processes to be considered
How hydraulic piston device in BHA improved penetration rates and reduced downhole tool failures for operator BP in medium-to-high-angle applications
How working with a company skilled in handling legal/physical complexities of abandoning offshore facilities on a turnkey basis can be a win/win situation
Anomalously pressured gas accumulations in Rocky Mountain Laramide basins – Following discussions of AP reservoirs and their vast potential, a case history illustrates technical application of a new exploration/exploitation approach
Case studies for Independent Producers
• Solid propellants provide cost-effective stimulation • Partial waterdrive gas reservoir maximizes profits • Web-based pump-off controller reduces costs • Small-scale 3-D seismic shoot adds reserves
Ocean Energy achieved a 70% recovery and maximized profitability from a downdip waterdrive gas completion by aggressively producing the zone at high rates.
Shakespeare Oil redefined the structural interpretation of the Devonian Geneva dolomite reservoir in Tonti field, Marion County, Ill., using data from a 0.375-sq-mi 3-D seismic survey.
Many oil and gas wells can be stimulated effectively with a progressively burning, solid propellant that produces multiple fractures.
CamWest, Inc., an independent based in Denver, Colorado, and McKinney, Texas, operates more than 120 oil wells in Lander, Wyoming.
Annual comprehensive listing of 17 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.
Energy Literacy Project seeks way to educate public on critical issues
World's oldest producing well still active after 140 years
Major changes are underway in Europe's natural gas market
Positive news from Andersen's survey of operator capital spending
MMS study on seafloor geohazards; Limitations of corn-derived ethanol fuels
Compressed air energy storage; Big potential for gas-to-liquids technology
MMS's proposed 5-year leasing plan; 3,000-mile gas pipeline for SE Asia
News & Resources
2001 Vol. 222 No. 9 Feature Article
byline and article copy
Fig. 1. Global distribution of 592 giant oil
fields plotted on topographic-bathymetric world map. Yellow boxes indicate concentrations of giant oil fields
shown in detailed figures. A) Alaska; B) Rocky Mountain foreland; C
Fig. 3. North
Slope of Alaska and McKenzie delta.
Fig. 4. Rocky
Fig. 5. Southern
Fig. 6. Permian
and Anadarko basins
Fig. 8. Northern