July 2005 ///

Special Focus

3D Gulf of Guinea seismic images offer useful comparisons with offshore Morocco

Seafloor imagery and outcrop data enhance knowledge of prospects

Articulated tug-barge shuttle provides shallow water transportation

An effective solution handles needs in China's Bohai Bay

Deepwater tie-back economics improved by comparison of segment cost effects

Subsea tie-back management increases economic development of deepwater, multiple-field areas, including marginal prospects

Designer casing addresses needs of deepwater HP/HT wells

Special deepwater HP/HT requirements justify customized casing

Features

Advanced hydraulic fracture diagnostics optimize development in the Bossier sands

Two-stage frac jobs yielded better Bossier output than single-stage efforts

Drillstring telemetry evolves toward full commercialization

Milestones were achieved in field tests of real-time, ultra-fast data transmission

Expandable technology developments zero in on practical applications

Five firms show new products, and how applications are made field-useable

Factors identified in environmentally assisted cracking of tubulars

Incompatibility of some tubulars and clear brine fluids can lead to HP/HT cracking

Field tests of the next phase of monobore construction further validate its practicality

A well drilled last year provided key data for evaluating single-trip technology for economically constructing single-diameter wells

New progress caps 10 years of work with BuBi pipes

Bi-metallic pipe offers economic advantages for pressure and corrosion chemistry

Petroleum Technology Digest: Pulsation prevents annular flow after cementing offshore

Offshore adaptation of cement pulsation is generating good cost-savings

Synthetic polymer extends fluid loss control to HP/HT environments

Experience in Croatia shows that water-based muds with a co-polymer additive enable HP/HT drilling without formation damage or other costly problems

Tapered coiled tubing reaches extreme penetrations

Novel CT strings increase operating depths and penetration in horizontal wells

Columns

Drilling advances

Several 50th anniversaries of offshore innovations are near

Editorial Comment

It's global warming, not climate change

International Politics

Russia has more to worry about than Khodorkovsky

What's new in production

China buys into Canadian oil sands; MMS awards hurricane impact studies

What's new in exploration

Abiogenesis; Martian methane

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 226 No. 7  Roxar opened a new office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in response to its growing customer base in the region. The new office will initially be home to

Industry at a glance

Vol. 226 No. 7   OPEC members are producing at their maximum capacities in April, still adjusting to last year’s hig

New products

Vol. 226 No. 7  Fail-safe valve actuators A new line of quarter-turn and linear Skilmatic SI electric valve actuators from Rotork Controls, Inc., pr

People in industry

Vol. 226 No. 7  A. F. Alhajji, associate professor at Ohio Northern University’s College of Business Administration, was appointed to the George W. Patton Chair of E

World of Oil

Vol. 226 No. 7  KURT S. ABRAHAM, MANAGING/INTERNATIONAL EDITOR   

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