August 2009 ///

Special Focus

A mixed bag for the North Sea

While drilling activity has been uneven, the region is seeing record numbers of license awards and corporate deals.

North American drilling: We wuz wrong (sort of)

North American drilling: We wuz wrong (sort of)

Too many rigs, too much gas and a W-shaped bottom

After both the best and worst times in a generation, evidence of a modest recovery heartens the US land drilling industry; but gas production issues in a soft-demand market appear to be systemic.

US Gulf jackup market collapses

Even the most optimistic of observers can find little hope for a reprieve in the jackup market near-term. However, other segments of the North American offshore rig market are faring better.


A systematic approach to sand management

Sand production has plagued producers for decades. And for decades many have been satisfied to treat the symptoms instead of seeking the cure. A sand solution exists, if we only look for it.

Pilot-scale membrane bioreactor treats produced water

Vol. 230 No. 8    PRODUCED WATER REPORT Pilot-scale membrane bioreactor treats produced water Located at the Sangachal Terminal in Azerbaijan, the plant removed over 97% of chemical oxygen demand and over 99% of several organic contaminants. Arnold Zilverenta

Renewed interest in heavy oils and rock asphalt in South Central Kentucky

Direct-current and microwave heating, along with traditional steamflooding and SAGD, are being considered to meet these reservoirs’ great challenge: economically lowering the viscosity of heavy-end hydrocarbons.

US coalbed methane takes a dive

As other regions ramp up their CBM activity, the North American sector faces tough times.


Drilling advances

Keep it safe! And other stories

Editorial comment

It works well on paper and in testing—Revolutionary energy projects require a completely different kind of management

Exploration discoveries

Exploration discoveries

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

North American Outlook: Storm clouds on the horizon

What’s new in exploration

Lessons from the Barnett Shale imply caution in other shale plays

What's new in production

A nuclear option for greener oil sands?

News & Resources

Industry at a glance

June global oil supply rose by 80,000 bpd to 83.83 million bpd. OPEC crude oil production increased again in June by 70,000 bpd to 33.73 million bpd.

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New Products

People in industry

People in the Industry

World of Oil

PetroChina’s Dina-2 Field comes online