March 2005 ///

Special Focus

First true, CT underbalanced casing exit performed

Built on PDC technology, a casing exit technique was successfully used by engineers at BP's Sajaa field onshore Sharjah, UAE.

Lessons learned in major underbalanced sidetrack drilling project

Key management practices led to multilateral sidetracks in 20 existing wells in the Sajaa onshore gas field.


Advances in MWD and formation evaluation for 2005

Among numerous developments are DVD and Web-based information sources, new logging methods, fast pressure tests and coring/scanning technology.

Can tidal-driven pressure changes reveal reservoir properties for use in 4D monitoring?

As seen in reservoir-emplaced gauges, overburden pressure reacts to tidal changes. These data provide details that core measurements might not.

Casing drilling rig selection for Stratton field, Texas

Looking to recover trapped gas, the operator selected a purpose-built casing drilling rig after analysis showed improved drilling performance.

Drilling with casing: Are you damaging your casing?

Over three years, ConocoPhillips tested and inspected casing used in drilling.

Hybrid riser tower system undergoes further development

After proving its merit in Angola's Girassol field, the HRT system is undergoing additional refinement for application in further ultra-deepwater developments.

Optimizing development of Angola's Girassol field

Operator Total employed 3D/4D seismic and other new testing techniques.

Petroleum Technology Digest: Microturbine application reduces sour gas flaring, provides partial power

A North Dakota field is using waste gas to generate electricity

Subsea-to-beach, long-offset control system employed at Snøhvit

Combining several technologies, a system for Statoil's Snøhvit field has overcome difficult challenges to make a significant advance in long-offset control.

Tubing leak technology saves money for Statoil

A new detection tool discovers leaks in wells too small to be found with a PLT.


Drilling advances

DOE announces drilling research projects

Editorial Comment

Is a hydrogen-based economy feasible?

International Politics

China and Russia lay claim to Latin America

What's new in production

Power fueled by chicken litter output

What's new in exploration

We need a new word; Mantle plume wars

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 226 No. 3  Cooper Cameron Valves, CCV, announced the purchase of the flow business of PCC Corp., which includes General Valve, PCC ball valves, TBV, Techno, AOP In

Industry at a glance

Vol. 226 No. 3   With WTI crude prices remaining above $45/bbl, OPEC and the European Union said they intend to meet twice a year t

New products

Vol. 226 No. 3  Wobble stator pumps Progressive cavity pump manufacturer seepex introduces a line of “wobble-stator” pumps. This design si

People in industry

Vol. 226 No. 3  Superior Energy Services Inc. has appointed Ken Blanchard as president. He will continue in his current role as chief operating officer. Blanchard has mor

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