December 2004 ///

Special Focus

Another good service/supply year on tap

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Another good service/supply year on tap Craig Ketchum, President, Red Man Pipe & Supply Co., and Chairman, Petroleum Equipment Suppl

Brighter outlook seen for drilling

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Brighter outlook seen for drilling Paul L. Kelly, Senior Vice President, Rowan Companies, Inc., Houston Record high

High prices boost consultants' work loads

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 High prices boost consultants' work loads W. D. (Donnie) Harris III, CEO, Forrest A. Garb & Associates, Inc., Dallas

Industry must be proactive on policy to ensure success

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Industry must be proactive on policy to ensure success George Boyadjieff, Chairman Emeritus and Director, Varco International, Inc., and

Market edges closer to breaking points

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Market edges closer to breaking points George S. Littell, Partner, Groppe, Long and Littell, Houston Confusion was

Maturity approaches on the UKCS

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Maturity approaches on the UKCS Professor Alex Kemp, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland In some respects, e

Norwegian energy still offers plenty

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 Norwegian energy still offers plenty Terje Overvik, Executive Vice President, E&P Norway, Statoil, Stavanger Af

So kid, they tell me you have talent…

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 So kid, they tell me you have talent… Douglas C. Nester, Chief Operating Officer, F-W Oil Exploration L.L.C., Houston

The wheel's still in spin…

Vol. 225 No. 12 What's Ahead in 2005 The wheel's still in spin… D. Nathan Meehan, President, CMG Petroleum Consulting, Ltd., Houston

World Oil's editorial advisors analyze major E&P topics of 2004, predict activity and trends for 2005

High oil and gas prices have fattened oil companies' bank accounts in a demand-driven market. However, prosperity brings its own set of challenges, as the E&P industry leans ever harder on technology to yield new energy supplies.

Features

A successful drilling waste management program reduces operating costs

Brunei Shell Petroleum achieved significant cost savings by identifying seven areas of improvement and applying fluid management services to land drilling campaigns.

An update on regulation of geophysical operations to protect marine life

Even as the upstream industry posts a remarkable record of not harming marine mammals, the “net" of governmental regulation covering offshore operations is spreading.

Camisea project in Peruvian Amazon rainforest meets environmental and social challenges

In Peru's Amazonian rainforest, operator Pluspetrol successfully constructed Camisea gas field's gathering lines under demanding technical and environmental conditions.

Petroleum Technology Digest: Surface geochemical results complement conventional development approaches

While they do not replace conventional subsurface/seismic methods, surface geochemical surveys have reliably predicted drilling and production results.

Special Report

Future rig designs: Microhole technology gets more serious

December 2004 Supplement    Future Rig Designs Microhole technology gets

Future rig designs: Seabed rig concept bolstered by cost analysis

December 2004 Supplement    Future Rig Designs Seabed rig concept bolster

Guide to Rig and Rig Floor Technology

This special supplement to World Oil focuses on the latest advancements in rig design, as well as recent innovations in equipment and tools for working on and around the rig floor.

Guide to Rig and Rig Floor Technology (1)

This special supplement to World Oil focuses on the latest advancements in rig design, as well as recent innovations in equipment and tools for working on and around the rig floor.

New rig designs: Automated casing-while-drilling rig

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Automated casing-while-drilli

New rig designs: Cost-effective rig for casing or drill pipe drilling

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Cost-effective rig for casing

New rig designs: Fifth-generation semisubmersibles

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Fifth-generation semisubmersi

New rig designs: Flexible and modular drilling rig

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Flexible and modular drilling

New rig designs: New jackup design supports ultra-deep drilling trend

December 2004 Supplement    New rig designs New jackup design supports ul

New rig designs: Scaled-down, new rig type for shallow gas drilling

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Scaled-down new rig type for

New rig designs: Ultra-harsh environment jackups

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Ultra-harsh environment jacku

New rig designs: Unique 200-ton drilling rig

December 2004 Supplement    New Rig Designs Unique 200-ton drilling rig

Rig floor equipment

A review of recently applied rig floor equipment, new rig designs and tables of key operating data

Rig floor equipment: Bulk mixer system eliminates hopper

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Bulk mixer system elimina

Rig floor equipment: Compact, lightweight rig tongs

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Compact, lightweight rig

Rig floor equipment: Drawworks for 3,000 input horsepower

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Drawworks for 3,000 input

Rig floor equipment: Improved deepwater coiled tubing motion compensation

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Improved deepwater coile

Rig floor equipment: Innovative drill pipe tong

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Innovative drill pipe ton

Rig floor equipment: New dual-motion shale shaker

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment New dual-motion shale sha

Rig floor equipment: New tong handling system debuts in UK

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment New tong handling system

Rig floor equipment: Newly designed power slips

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Newly designed power slip

Rig floor equipment: Pipe racking system for normal rigs

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Pipe racking system for n

Rig floor equipment: Surface stack operations

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Surface stack operations

Rig floor equipment: Unconventional casing running system

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Floor Equipment Unconventional casing run

Rig information tables

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Information Tables The tables offer insig

Rig information tables: Table 1. Top 10 contractors by fleet size

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Information Tables The tables offer insig

Rig information tables: Table 2. Rigs capable of operating in 8,000-ft water

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Information Tables    Table 2. Rigs capable of operating in

Rig information tables: Table 3. Top jackup rigs capable of 400 ft or greater water depth

December 2004 Supplement    Rig Information Tables    Table 3. Top jackup rigs capable of 4

Columns

Drilling advances

Low-mass drill for Mars needs no fluids

Editorial Comment

OPEC income trends

International Politics

US foreign policy has harmed global productive capacity

What's new in production

US gas crunch on the way; Tar sand recovery chemical

What's new in exploration

Many deepwater leases set to expire; Fiber-optic, seabed seismic

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 225 No. 12  IHS Energy, a leading source of worldwide oil and gas information, analysis and software, has acquired Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), a s

Industry at a glance

Vol. 225 No. 12   In October, OPEC production rose 110,000 bopd to 30.3 million bopd. Within non-OPEC countries, Norway's productio

New products

Vol. 225 No. 12  Optimize target selection Seismic Insight, Inc., announces a new signal-processing technique to improve the success ratio of targeted drillin

People in industry

Vol. 225 No. 12  GEP, the French oil and gas suppliers' council, elected Dominique Michel as president of the organization. Michel, president of Doris Engineering, will t

World of Oil

Vol. 225 No. 12  KURT S. ABRAHAM, MANAGING/INTERNATIONAL EDITOR