April 2009 ///
- Baker Hughes Inc. receives two Spotlight awards for fourth consecutive year
- Subsea electronics module offers better communication
- Coil shooting enhances WAZ and MAZ techniques
- System combines freshwater injection and crude-freshwater mixing
- Pulse technology extends battery life
- Dynamic curvature sensor detects problems early
- Power suction tool more effective at debris recovery from producing wells
- Subsea monitoring systems record buckling
- Industry’s first one-trip Level 4 multilateral system
- Diamond radial bearings offer greater abrasion resistance
- LNG loading system allows new transfer methods
- New method challenges drilling limitations
- Acoustic system provides full control for subsea BOP equipment
Topics ranging from price volatility to Arctic exploration will pack this year’s OTC schedule.
Typical subsea pipeline intervention scenarios are performed with divers. Subsea 7 has been working on the development of a new subsea hot-tap technology, the Subsea Grouted Tee, which will reduce risk, costs and time during intervention operations.
Successful inhibition in the field depends on good laboratory techniques that mimic the process system and field deposition models.
The increase in corrosive environments has led to an increased demand for CRAs.
Tracking key performance indicators eliminates unnecessary downtime.
When ConocoPhillips decided to conduct Casing Directional Drilling (CDD) operations from a platform in the Norwegian North Sea, the well design required that the drilled-in 7¾-in. production casing string be converted into a liner before completion.
German producer calls for royalty relief
New UK department seeks balance of environmental, consumer needs
The North Sea decommissioning process is gathering momentum. One of the biggest projects underway is the decommissioning of BP’s Miller Field, where well abandonment activity is at an advanced stage.
A new sensor detects the downhole fluid level, allowing for easy well monitoring and therefore extending the life of downhole pumps.
Of all the components involved in running tubulars, the “Cinderella” of the operation is the casing centralizer. Unexciting, unnoticed and occasionally unattached, the centralizer usually goes unremarked until it fails or a centralization problem occurs.
Part 1—Introducing developments in ESPs, sucker rod pumping and gas lift.
Already widely used in other industries, these materials are being investigated for oilfield use as a more-robust alternative to polymer membranes.
Industry group seeks more EU support for oil R&D
The method makes no assumptions regarding ultimate recoverable oil. Neither are assumptions made about future discoveries, and reserves growth plays no part.
Drilling with HPHT tolerant tools helps prove a multi-Tcf gas field.
Tubulars in oil and gas production facilities, offshore facilities, refineries and other industrial settings are subject to impulsive dynamic forces such as water hammer, seismic phenomena and other impact forces deriving from unpredictable handling or anomalous process conditions.
Interview with Ølvind Reinertsen, President of StatoilHydro USA & Mexico (Apr-2009)
Vol. 230 No. 4 DRILLING TECHNOLOGY Testing a new software system for drilling supervision Real-time monitoring, simulation, 3D visualization and diagnosis help drillers anticipate problems. Rolv Rommetveit and Sven Inge Ødegård , eDrilling Solutions; Knut S
Two wells had improved production after timed-explosive dilation.
Vol. 230 No.4 PERRY A. FISCHER, EDITOR Horse hockey and other equine economics I remember it almost to the day: It was in December 1981. I was hammering on a roof, listening to the radio, when it suddenly became OK to flaunt wealth. It was
Europe’s natural gas worries: A tripartite mess in two ways
Cap and trade’s fall from inevitability
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In February, US workover and US rotary rigs continued to freefall. The US workover rig count fell to 1,947, down 20.7% from 2,455 in February 2008 and down 9.5% from 2,152 the previous month. Rotary rigs running in the US fell to 1,320, down 25% from 1,765 in February 2008 and down 15% from 1,553 the previous month. Despite the falloff in US rigs, the international rotary rig count remained stable at 1,530 in February.
CNOOC plans $44 billion investment; Japan and Venezuela sign agreement;Tullow gets Uganda go-ahead;CNOOC starts Bozhong
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