August 2002 ///

Special Focus

Africa: Optimism saturates the continent

High exploration and development levels in the region

Far East: Exploration and development encouraged

While China works at capacity, good years are on tap for Indonesia and Thailand

FSU/ Eastern Europe: Countries thrive on revitalized output

Russian operators lead the way by reinvesting into operations

Middle East: Upstream sector retains the status quo

Despite higher prices and better governmental fiscal practices, operators are not all happy

North America: Drilling will be steady to up

Canada should see good drilling; Mexico and the U.S. will be flat

South America: The continent keeps plodding forward

Brazil is not suffering the political/ economic woes of Venezuela and Argentina

South Pacific: Gas projects dominate the region

Onshore and offshore projects, especially LNG, are key drivers of drilling and field development

Western Europe: Activity doesn't track oil price increase

In spite of good prices, North Sea operators holding back projects

World Trends: Industry pace should quicken

Global upstream activity to overcome economic slowdown

Features

How a venting feature offshore Equatorial Guinea led to a discovery

A direct hydrocarbon-migration indicator showed itself on various data types. Rarely does it look this good

Openhole logging without a wireline in high-angle wells

The usual ways of getting formation-evaluation data from high-angle and horizontal wells are wireline PCL and LWD; but under such conditions, reliability has been a problem

Side-entry system allows capillary string intervention, remedial work

New system for clean-out and remedial work on small-diameter, stainless steel line inside production tubing simplifies workover/ installation operations

Stringent drill-in fluid design results in prolific deepwater horizontal well

How BP's horizontal, openhole gravel pack in a Marlin field development well was completed with fluids specifically designed to optimize drill-in and clean-up

Supersonic gas conditioning

A radically new type of gas separation technology gains acceptance. When the technology can be applied, the cost savings are considerable

World supply & demand analysis: Then, now and tomorrow

In the future, changing regional economies and environmental regulations will drastically alter where natural gas is produced and consumed

Columns

Drilling developments

OCS Lease Sale 184 final notice; New MMS director, Ms. Johnnie Burton

Editorial Comment

The good and not-so-good news on activity; More congressional shenanigans

Oil and gas in the Capitals

If Congress does pass an energy bill, it will be watered down and pork-laden

What's new in production

Injecting water into gas; Heavy oil output and classification

News & Resources

Industry at a glance

Aug. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 8  Industry Stats     International Geophysical Activity Table      U.S. Oil Supply Graph International Offshore Rigs Table U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph International Rotary

Looking ahead

Aug. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 8  Looking Ahead  OPEC secretary general says oil prices expected to rise. OPEC’s newly appointed secretary general, Alvaro Silva, said he expects oil prices to rise as the global economy recovers during the second half of 2002. However, he declined

Oil country hot line

Aug. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 8  Hot Line  Saipem gains majority stake in Bouygues Saipem has completed the acquisition of Bouygues Construction’s 50.8% stake in Bouygues Offshore. It also has filed a standing offer for the remaining public shares with the French market auth

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