January 2007 ///

Special Focus

Controlling the Well 23 blowout in Iran's Kangan field

An earthquake had shifted a shallow fault, damaging casing and causing the blowout.

IADC's WellCAP program provides latest in well control training

Established as the standard for well control training on the US OCS, WellCAP is broadening its curriculum and gearing up to train many new personnel.

Features

Alternative well control methods for deepwater dual density drilling

For better openhole pressure distribution, the gas-lift, dual-density method is favored.

Deepwater statistical report: Largest deepwater discoveries by field since 2000

The largest finds above 800 million bbl are spread around Australia, Africa and Southeast Asia, but Brazil has a near-monopoly on medium-sized finds of 500-800 million bbl.

Horizontal drilling increases injectivity and recovery: An update

Reasons for using this method in underpressured, compartmentalized carbonate reservoirs include operational ease, safety and reduced damage.

Passive low frequency spectral analysis: Exploring a new field in geophysics

Faced with a seized gate valve in the closed position, the operator employed a pioneering milling operation to restore health to an offshore well.

Static drilling efficiency threatens the US Gulf of Mexico

A lack of growth in Gulf of Mexico drilling efficiency can be traced to non-productive time hurting economics, as well as governmental and insurance constraints limiting new technology.

Columns

Oil and gas in the Capitals

Friction over gas reserves with China prompts Japanese military upgrade

Editorial Comment

Oil Prices-Who is to blame?

What's new in production

Two new heavy oil technologies; First GOM FPSO use approved

News & Resources

Companies in the news

 

Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news

Meeting Events

Vol. 228 No. 01  Meeting & events   FEBRUARY AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), North Amer

New products

 

New product and service offerings from company press releases.

People in industry

 

Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry.

World of Oil

International news in the oil and gas industry

Industry at a glance

In November, lower OPEC oil production countered higher OECD supply, resulting in an overall global decline of 50,000 bpd.

Supplement

Drilling advances

Well Control is much more than extinguishing blowouts

What's new in exploration

Water on Mars; Cambrian Explosion, Part 2