May 2007 ///

Special Focus

Computational fluid dynamics simulation for smart well completions

The limitations of multi-nodal approaches are overcome by CFD modeling.

Intelligent completions: A decade of innovation revolutionizes the industry

Cost and the degree of integration will determine whether an intelligent completion should be chosen over a standardized, less-expensive solution.

MRC well installed as intelligent completion with multiphase flow monitoring

Compared to a conventional completion, a Saudi Aramco maximum reservoir contact well with intelligent well systems succeeded with minimal incremental risk.

Permanent downhole temperature sensing succeeds for low cost wells

Several low-cost DST wells have been successfully installed in Brunei.

Features

Acquiring low-contamination samples in high-pressure differential reservoirs

To stabilize a GOM wellbore, Eni optimized overbalance and adjusted mud properties, thereby reducing sample acquisition time and rig cost.

Advanced ESP lifting boosts field profitability

Operators can optimize production and reduce expenses by using field-wide surveillance and production monitoring in real time.

Beyond the multi-client model—Past, present and future of exploration

This overview of the exploration industry's status provides the views of the players involved, in a question-and-answer format.

Deepwater statistical report: Petrobras leads other large companies in deepwater reserves discovered

Among the world's largest operators, Petrobras predictably leads in terms of total deepwater reserves discovered, followed by BP, Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Delivering a new water injection solution in the North Sea

A produced water re-injection application addresses challenges of severely corroded water injectors in a UK North Sea oil field.

GO-EXPO and CIPC spotlight latest in upstream technology

Preview of the agenda and technical program for the Gas and Oil Exposition and Canadian International Petroleum Conference in Calgary, June 12-14, 2007.

Installing a TAML L-4 multilateral system in deepwater Schiehallion field

Before completing a deepwater subsea well, BP overcame a complex installation problem by identifying and solving problems.

Optical based software techniques for real-time analysis of produced water

Aspect ratio is not always effective in discriminating oil particles from other solids, but a combination of optical parameters gets the job done.

Regional geology of deepwater salt architecture: New plays in the GOM

Clarity beneath the salt is essential to understanding the Lower Tertiary, a deepwater Gulf of Mexico trend that could continue further to the east.

Successful identification of depleted sands using formation testing while drilling

For some applications, this method has proved to be a safe, effective alternative to wireline testers.

What's new in artificial lift?

Part 2: This concluding article profiles 13 improvements, offered by 10 companies, in electric submersible pumping and other artificial lift operations.

Columns

Drilling advances

How to drill a well.

Editorial comment

Constructive disruptive technology

Oil and gas in the capitals

Peak oil vies for attention.

What's new in exploration

Shell moves closer to the end of exploration

What's new in production

Organization of Gas Exporting Countries.

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news

Industry at a glance

Further OPEC cuts and OECD production outages led to a 265,000-bopd decline in March world oil supply to 85.3 million bpd.

Meetings and Events

Vol. 228 No. 5   Meeting & events MAY IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors), Drillin

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

Marathon Oil said that it struck oil in a new deepwater discovery well in the Green Canyon region of the Gulf of Mexico.