January 2002 ///

Special Focus

Controlling pressure when drilling in high-pressure reservoirs

New dynamic-pressure control technique eliminates need for high surface pressures or fluid density changes for underbalanced drilling

Relief well drilling operations allow re-entry, control of a blowout well

Instead of performing dynamic kill operations on an offshore well blowout, a relief well solution was used to avoid high-risk surface intervention

Well control during well intervention

Part 5 - Planning a pumped-fluid hydraulics program for coiled tubing well intervention, a review of hydraulic performance and design issues

Features

Shell's deepwater program: A broad-based technology commitment

With a Gulf of Mexico focus, R&D efforts are coordinated to improve economics using cheaper rigs, innovative completions and optimized oil/gas recoveries

Using gravity gradiometry in seismic interpretation in pre-SDM

How full tensor gradient data successfully defined the base of salt in a Gulf of Mexico area, where it could not be resolved by seismic imaging alone

Special Report

2002 Tubing Reference Tables

Listings following page 68 give updated information from 29 companies on pipe sizes to 5-in. OD for premium connection dimensions, and proprietary configurations with cut-away connection diagrams for data cross-reference

Departments

New equipment

New literature

Columns

Drilling developments

Canadian coal-bed methane program; Environmentally safe drill wastes

Editorial Comment

Low natural gas prices could slow 2002 activity

International

Politics overshadow industry needs in Venezuela and Brazil

International Politics

The spectacular improvement in Russia's economy

Offshore update

Deepwater operations benchmarking study; Eastern Canada offshore report

What's new in production

Canadian/ Venezuelan heavy-oil increases; First oil from Angola's Girassol field

What's new in exploration

Unique seafloor fuel cells; Exploration west of ANWR

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Jan. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 1  Company News  Conoco and Phillips have agreed to merge in a $35 billion strategic combination. Both boards have unanimously approved the merger

Industry at a glance

Jan. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 1  Industry Stats     International

Looking ahead

Jan. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 1  Looking Ahead  UK could be substantial importer, yet 50% more production also possible. A report by Houston-based Simmons & Co. Internat

Oil country hot line

Jan. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 1  Hot Line  Russian cuts propel OPEC to retain decision OPEC apparently is closer to making a 1.5-million-bopd reduction, to help

People in industry

Jan. 2002 Vol. 223 No. 1  People  Archie Dunham will serve as chairman of the new ConocoPhillips, while James J. Mulva will be president and CEO. Cambridge E

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