December 2007 ///
The scale of the problem of earthen pits in Kuwait—millions of barrels—together with a variable content of the sludge makes for a challenging task.
Successfully navigating regulatory barriers allows synthetic-based mud to enhance deepwater production.
Faced with increasingly tough environmental and safety regulations, drilling company GlobalSantaFe studied many alternatives to find a greener fire protection system.
Transferring people by crane from a vessel to a platform or drillship has always been dangerous. New technology combined with a whole-system approach can lead to dramatic reductions in injury.
Regulations to mitigate the effects of exploration on whales and other species have evolved rapidly, while research tries to identify those effects and to better detect whales.
Don DePugh recently achieved a record here at Gulf Publishing: 50 continuous years of service.
Airborne surveys mapped conductivity to help USGS researchers find areas of high salinity in and near East Poplar oil field in northeastern Montana.
When one considers $90 oil, $8 gas, two consecutive, non-eventful hurricane seasons and dropping service prices, it is difficult for independents playing in the GOM to say many bad things about 2007.
The year 2007 has been another active year in the UK Continental Shelf
Energy security is a front-of-mind issue for the people of the world.
While there is a lot of oil left in reservoirs, demand remains high.
Last month, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-4 in favor of US ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention.
Dietswell has developed the RCR series, a new drilling concept adapted to tropical and desert conditions.
Horizontal Well Drillers (HWD) has deployed its second-generation drilling rig this October.
Shell and Frontier will build and roll out a new drillship concept, known as the “Bully” rig.
IDM’s new QUICKSKID Rigs are integrated AC drilling systems designed with a focus on pad drilling locations with multiple wellheads
Bentec’s Nomad-Class rig, jointly developed with international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG is a new land rig designed for desert terrain conditions.
Semisubmersible demand is strong, but jackup owners face a more challenging environment.
Marine rigs begin long-term contracts, while land rigs shift to shorter contracts as utilization softens.
Oil prices are again one of the hottest topics in our industry today.
Crude oil should have another solid year in 2008 as long as prices don’t go too high, too fast and crater global demand.
Over the last 15 years, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) have helped operators optimize power distribution for drilling and production equipment.
The Derrick Stand Building (DSB) System developed by ODS International can be retrofitted to virtually any rig mast or derrick configuration
Cummins Inc. introduced its Tier 2 QSK38 and QSK50 Drilling Power Modules.
The newly engineered PS120 is a hydraulic motor-driven, 120-ton power swivel that provides shock-free torque.
M-I SWACO has introduced its patented MEERKAT PT dual-motion shale shaker that is ideally suited for drilling rigs and separation operations where space is at a premium.
National Oilwell Varco (NOV), in alliance with Deublin Company, manufacturer of precision rotating unions, has designed the next generation of washpipe systems.
The Ellis Williams Engineering Company (EWECO) is on the verge of showcasing its next generation of pumps
The T-WREX make-up break-out system from Hawk Industries, Inc. is an innovative design that incorporates the features of its HAWKJAW system
LeTourneau Technologie (LTI) Drilling Systems (formerly LEWCO) designed the DirectDrive line, its new top drive system requiring no gearbox.
Weatherford’s TorkWrench tong provides up to 100,000 ft-lb (136 kN-m) of torque for the toughest makeup and breakout jobs.
High oil prices and high demand for energy services do not make life easy for service companies
The year 2007 surged ahead on a number of levels and set many new records.
Vol. 228 No. 12 WHAT THE INDUSTRY EXPECTS IN 2008 What the industry expects in 2008 The year 2007 has been extr
Total made a new oil discovery in the Mer Tres Profonde Sud Block, offshore Republic of Congo in 6,955 ft of water.
A new Mideast energy vision
News & Resources
Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news
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According to the IEA, world oil supply increased by 1.4 million barrels
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Meeting & events
PWS (Produced Water Society), 18th Annual Seminar, Hilton
Houston NASA Clear Lake, Houston, TX,
New product and service offerings from company press releases.
Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry