June 2008 ///

Special Focus

Casing reaches bottom successfully on North Sea's Scott platform

An unconventional tubular-running system circulates, reciprocates and rotates a casing string in a complex extended-reach well.

Geomechanics modeling for better drilling performance

Rigorous log-based analysis helps operators determine rock mechanical properties.

High-temperature fibers provide continuous DTS data in a harsh SAGD environment

A dopant-free, single-mode optical fiber delivered accurate temperature profiles for many months in a Western Canadian SAGD well, while conventional fiber quickly succumbed to “hydrogen darkening."

New completion technology improves ultimate oil recovery

An inflow control device completion method used to perform horizontal hole segmentation enhances uniform production.

New electro-mechanical perforating technology reduces cost and increases safety in workover operations

Tubing punch enhances safety, by eliminating the use of explosives, and is more cost-effective than e-line soft-shot methods.

Particle drilling alters standard rock-cutting approach

Millions of impacts per minute break rock faster than standard bits for high ROP, while field testing improves particle injection.

Features

Downhole desander prevents ESP damage in high-watercut well

The tool tested successfully for pump protection in a Canadian oil field, leading the manufacturer to create a line of downhole desanders specifically for oil and gas applications.

MEOR study enhanced production in a high-temperature reservoir

Applying biotechnology to increase microbial activity enhanced production by about 102,900 bbl.

Sandstone intrusions: Implications for exploration and production

Sand injectites are present in deepwater deposits across the globe, and understanding their attributes is necessary to successful E&P in sand injectite provinces.

Technology using electrophoresis recycles invert-emulsion drilling fluids

Electrophoretic migration enhances drilling fluid properties and performance and also reduces environmental impact.

The 'azimuth explosion' continues in marine seismic

A flurry of experimentation advances the resolution and usefulness of increasingly complex azimuths in seismic acquisition.

USGS names Bakken play the largest oil accumulation in Lower 48

A new federal assessment estimates the recoverable oil resources for the continuous, unconventional formation at 3.6 billion bbl.

World Oil's Fluids Guide 2008

This exclusive annual listing shows trade names, generic descriptions, recommended usage and suppliers of more than 3,300 fluid system additives for drilling, completions and workovers.

Special Report

A look back at OTC .08

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW A look back at OTC .08 2008 Invited Organization is SUT

Awards focus

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW StatoilHydro wins Distinguished Achievement Award By

Better design solves tough problems

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Better design solves tough problems By Perry A. Fischer

Deconstructing China's oil business

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Deconstructing China’s oil business By Mark Tran

Full speed ahead with subsea processing

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Full speed ahead with subsea processing By Jerry Greenberg

Gulf of Mexico's expanded potential

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Gulf of Mexico’s expanded potential By Victor Schmidt

LNG expert: US must compete globally for gas to meet energy needs

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW LNG expert: US must compete globally for gas to meet energy needs

Methane hydrate: Fuel of the future—and it always will be?

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Methane hydrate: Fuel of the future-and it always will be?

News in brief

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW News in brief EXTREME OUTDOOR WELDING MADE EASIER WITH NEW GAS-SHI

Offshore alternatives to oil and gas

Vol. 229 No. 6   OTC.08 POST-SHOW REVIEW Offshore alternatives to oil and gas By Krista H. Kuhl

Columns

Drilling advances

Decision-making traps

Editorial comment

How to infuriate an engineer

Exploration discoveries

Vol. 229 No. 6 ARTHUR BERMAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, ber

Oil and gas in the capitals

Private generation will reduce Gulf oil exports

What’s new in exploration

The limits of global gas supply

What's new in production

Resource plays

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 229 No. 6 Landmark , a product service line of Halliburton’s Drilling and Evaluation Division, has acquired all intellectual proper

Industry at a glance

Vol. 229 No.6   Global oil supply continued to fall in April, dropping by 53

Meetings and Events

Vol. 229 No. 6   Meeting & events   JUNE IADC , Drilling Engineering Association Workshop, Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention

New products

Vol. 229 No. 6 Trailer-mounted sucker rod unit

People in industry

Vol. 229 No.6   Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Bruce Levell to the position of Chief Scientist Geology, bringing the

World of Oil

Vol. 229 No.6 KRISTA H. KUHL, TECHNICAL E