January 2009 ///

Special Focus

Correcting errors inherent in directional surveying with MWD tools

Current running practices can introduce gross errors that must be taken into account when drilling in areas that have small, tightly defined targets,such as in relief well drilling.

Snubbing: Now an everyday service that is improving safety

With increased use comes a new standard, Industry Recommended Practices 15. Sanctioned over a year ago, it is now fully implemented in Canada. Oil companies can play a key role in implementing similar practices in their region.

Finding and executing solutions in shifting solution spaces in the 1977 Bravo blowout

Lessons are drawn from an incident in the early history of the North Sea offshore industry, regarding how a “culture of production" affects companies' ability to respond appropriately to dangerous situations.

Features

Deepwater drilling rig shortages: Will they continue?

Current running practices can introduce gross errors that must be taken into account when drilling in areas that have small, tightly defined targets, such as in relief well drilling.

New NMR tool defines near-wellbore fluid density differences

Porosity calculation can mis-estimate reserves; defining invasion fluid densities improves accuracy.

Removing surface-related multiples just got better

A new multiple subtraction method uses the attributes of predicted multiples, not the multiples themselves.

Shallow hazards planning for deepwater Nigeria

Modeling dynamic kill requirements for hole size and kill-mud volumes leads to the safe drilling of an Erha Field pilot hole.

South American oil economies cope with international slump

Brazil hopes that pre-salt development will proceed undeterred, while Argentina offers incentives to help meet its rising demand.

Tubing Reference Guide

World Oil’s reference guide for production tubing and tubing couplings to 5-in. OD. This guide gives connection dimensions, steel grades and coupling type. Connection manufacturers’ contact information is also provided.

Navigating the Russian permitting maze

Porosity calculation can mis-estimate reserves; defining invasion fluid densities improves accuracy.

Columns

Deepwater Statistics

Deepwater Statistical Report

Brazil’s Santos Basin: An emerging giant

Deepwater Statistical Report

Drilling advances

Outlook for 2009

Editorial comment

Klaatu Barack nikto, plus other odds and ends

Exploration discoveries

Vol. 230 No. 1 ARTHUR BERMAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, bermanae@gmail.com

Oil and gas in the capitals

Russia in the global financial storm

What's new in exploration

Shale plays and lower natural gas prices: A time for critical thinking

What's new in production

Spider-Squid and other deepwater discoveries

News & Resources

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January 2009 Vol. 230 No. 1  

Companies in the news

Vol. 230 No. 1 Emerson Process Management announced the opening of its new Asia Flow Technology Center in Nanjing, China. The center expand

Industry at a glance

Vol. 230 No. 1   October global oil supply increased by 1.79 million bpd to 86.46 million bpd, with

Meetings and Events

Vol. 230 No. 1 Meeting & events   FEBRUARY SPE , Reservoir Simulation Symposium, The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 2-4 . Contact: SPE, Phone: +1 (972) 952-9393.

New products

Vol. 229 No. 12 Dry tree units for dee

People in industry

Vol. 230 No.1   Dr. Brian Russell , VP of Hampson-Russell Software Services Ltd., was awarded Honorary Membership at the Society of Ex

World of Oil

Vol. 230 No.1 KRISTA H. KUHL, TECHNICAL EDITOR