December 2002 ///

Special Focus

Creating near-zero discharge in Norway: A novel environmental solution

Several new technologies are being developed to meet the impending zero-discharge regulations in the Norwegian North Sea

Marine mammals and seismic vessels jockey for position

Rapidly evolving regulations regarding marine mammals may seriously affect seismic operations and costs

Sustainable ecosystems: A critical step in sustainable development

ChevronTexaco's Biodiversity Protection Program for Barrow Island has been a long term success in preserving a unique habitat

Features

Field studies of enhanced methane recovery and CO2

Field studies of enhanced methane recovery and CO2 sequestration in coal seams. Interim report on three-year DOE-sponsored research project in two, San Juan basin coalbed methane fields

Frac modifications identified through virtual intelligence increase production

Neural networks can show comparative results of completion and frac procedures that are not possible in the field

Frac modifications identified through virtual intelligence increase production (1)

Neural networks can show comparative results of completion and frac procedures that are not possible in the field

World Oil's nine editorial advisors comment on a mediocre 2001, the difficulties facing the industry, and whether better times lie ahead in 2003

Special Report

Marine Drilling Rigs 2002-2003

Industry's most complete listing of marine rigs, showing owners/ managers, performance data, major equipment and rig-class photographs for each of the world's more than 600 mobile offshore rigs

Departments

Companies in the news

Vol. 223 No. 12  Eastman Kodak Co. Commercial and Government Systems signed an agreement with Boston-based Syncline to become a value-added reseller of Kodak Citipix aerial imagery. Syncline offers a full range of web-based GIS mapping sol

New equipment

Vol. 223 No. 12  Pressure release system This annular pressure release system is a thin metallic disc built into the outer wall of the casing coupling. The newly patented system serves as a safety valve for relieving pressur

New literature

Vol. 223 No. 12  Plasma cutting system A four-page brochure from Thermal Dynamics describes the MERLIN 6000GST. This literature highlights the system's automated process controls and advanced plasma processes with various c

People in industry

Vol. 223 No. 12  JDR Cables Systems appointed Oscar Eide as general manager for its Norwegian subsidiary, based on Bergen. Mark J. Ichara joined Ryder Scott primarily to conduct reservoir simulation modeling, but also to perform pr

Columns

Drilling advances

New construction outlook for the aging fleet

Editorial Comment

U.N. finds new way to promote Kyoto; some wacky finance definitions

International Politics

A war with Iraq may contradict Bush's energy policy

What's new in exploration

New LMR technique; better access to data in the UK and GOM; South China Sea Treaty

What's new in production

Gas supply/demand review; Permian Basin Oil Show

News & Resources

Industry at a glance

Vol. 223 No. 12   The natural gas price for Nov. jumped to $4.12/Mcf, the highest since May 2001. The U.S. rotary rig count continued its slide to 851 rigs, while the international rig count climbed to 1,050 in

World of Oil

Vol. 223 No. 12  KURT S. ABRAHAM, MANAGING/INTERNATIONAL EDITOR   Click Here for Kurt's Opinion Bush warning after U.N. resolution spooks