December 2008 ///

Special Focus

2009 crystal ball, or Lies, damned lies and price forecasts!

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 2009 crystal ball, or Lies, damned lies and price forecasts!

Active year in UK continental shelf amid market and legislative uncertainties

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Active year in UK continental shelf amid market and legislat

Bundle up, it's getting cold out there

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Bundle up, it’s getting cold out there Dougl

Drilling ahead: Through transition and change

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Drilling ahead: Through transition and change

Earlier US presidents appreciated paramount national interest in offshore drilling

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Earlier US presidents appreciated paramount national interes

Financial crisis poses temporary setback

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Financial crisis poses temporary setback David H.

New US administration brings political pitfalls

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 New US administration brings political pitfalls

Offshore E&P after the moratorium

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 Offshore E&P after the moratorium De

This is no time to go wobbly

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 This is no time to go wobbly Dr. D. Nathan Meehan

US gas industry can be a victim or a leader

Vol. 229 No. 12   SPECIAL FOCUS: WHAT INDUSTRY LEADERS EXPECT IN 2009 US gas industry can be a victim or a leader

World Oil's editorial advisors analyze upstream results for 2008, forecast activity and issues for 2009

Choices about fracturing fluid additives can affect production.

Features

Compact casing-running tool for land rigs

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIG FLOOR EQUIPMENT Compact casing-running tool for land rigs Rig-floor automation requires adaptability. That thought has

Drilling and production activity in Russia and Kazakhstan

In Russia, drilling activity was on the rise in 2007 and 2008 while production fell; Kazakhstan saw increases in both drilling and production for 2007 and 2008.

Drilling data management with server-based systems and proprietary software

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIG FLOOR EQUIPMENT Drilling data management with server-based systems and proprietary software With a

Fast-moving rig designed for shallow, shale-gas plays

Vol. 229 No. 12   New Rig Design Fast-moving rig designed for shallow, shale-gas plays The Sparta Series Drilling System (SSDS) i

Fit-for-purpose, pad drilling rig design

Vol. 229 No. 12   New Rig Design Fit-for-purpose, pad drilling rig design For several years, US contractors have been working in partnershi

Improved dewatering process management control

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIGFLOOR EQUIPMENT Improved dewatering process management control Kem-Tron Technologies has developed a Human Machine Int

Improved offline tree deployment, new tongs

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIG FLOOR EQUIPMENT Improved offline tree deployment, new tongs Increased global drilling activities have led to

Multi-component seismic data continues to add to the bottom line in eastern Alberta

After more than four years of use, 3C land seismic has proven itself worth the cost and effort, as it makes for better well placement and production.

New drillships begin service in 2009

Vol. 229 No. 12   New Rig Design New drillships begin service in 2009 Construction of Transocean’s Discoverer Clear Leader d

New rig's raising system enables drill floor and mast to be raised in one operation

Vol. 229 No. 12   New Rig Design New rig’s raising system enables drill floor and mast to be raised in one operation Verist

Offshore rig construction boom continues

Vol. 229 No. 12   Newbuild Report Offshore rig construction boom continues New rig constuction has not yet been hit significant

One operator's approach to lift planning mirrors OGP's recommended practice

Lift planning begins with the distinction between routine and critical lifts.

Pipe-handling system enhances safety

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIGFLOOR EQUIPMENT Pipe-handling system enhances safety Weatherford’s Iron Derrickman Plus pipe-handling system enab

Prototype rig features rack-and pinion-design

Vol. 229 No. 12   New Rig Design Prototype rig features rack-and pinion-design The American Augers engineering concept was to create a drillin

Reducing hazards by redirecting fluids

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIG FLOOR EQUIPMENT Reducing hazards by redirecting fluids State-of-the-art rig safety and spill prevention syste

Reducing volatile organic emissions for compliance, safety and profit

Improvements in detection technology allow for much better qualification and mitigation of leaks; hydrocarbon gases get rerouted through the sales line.

Rig equipment, new rigs and new rig report

Vol. 229 No. 12   NEW RIGS & RIGFLOOR EQUIPMENT Rig equipment, new rigs and new rig report This year’s New Rigs and Rig

Rig market will weather the storm

Most operators have the financial resources to maintain their exploration and development programs, despite the drop in oil prices.

Safety advances in marine personnel transfer

A Dutch invention makes offshore access from a moving vessel to a fixed platform much safer. Meanwhile, an alternative to the personnel net has just undergone a major revision.

Test separator evaluates exploration wells

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIGFLOOR EQUIPMENT Test separator evaluates exploration wells The CleanPhase SEPL well test separator is a new generation

The oil reform in Mexico

The recent news is exciting to be sure, but it will take a while to set up the regulatory and structural framework to make participation by IOCs a reality.

VFD top drive, power spider and stabbing system

Vol. 229 No. 12   RIG FLOOR EQUIPMENT VFD top drive, power spider and stabbing system Tesco Corp. added a 750-ton AC top drive

Columns

Drilling advances

New drilling muds

Editorial comment

Fuzzy math, King Henry and the cost of ignoring root causes

Exploration discoveries

Vol. 229 No. 12 ARTHUR BERMAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, bermanae@gmail.com

Oil and gas in the capitals

The shock of lower oil prices

What's new in exploration

Oil and politics in Sudan

What's new in production

Who said oil and water don't mix?

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 229 No. 12 IHS Inc. has acquired Global Insight Inc. for $118 million in cash and 1.3 million shares of IHS common stock, valued at

Industry at a glance

Vol. 229 No. 12   October global oil supply increased by 1.79 million bpd to 86.46 million bpd, with

Meetings and Events

Vol. 229 No. 12   Meeting & events   JANUARY PWS (Produced Water Society), Annual Seminar, Nassau Bay Hilton, Houston, TX, Jan. 14-16. Contact:

New products

Vol. 229 No. 12 Stuck pipe training Well Control School has released a newly developed online training program.

People in industry

Vol. 229 No.12   Marine and offshore engineering services firm Noble Denton has appointed John Wishart as Group Managing Director Designate

World of Oil

Vol. 229 No.12 KRISTA H. KUHL, TECHNICAL EDITOR