April 2010 ///

Special Focus

Bed boundary mapping proves useful in a heavy oil environment

Deep azimuthal electromagnetic resistivity measurements were used to optimize the trajectory of wells drilled with a rotary steerable system.

Multilateral wells reduce capex in subsea development

An application of a multilateral junction system offshore Australia’s Northwest Shelf replaces 18 single wells with nine multilateral wells, saving significant time and cost.

Steerable liner drilling

Under development since 2006, the first-of-its-kind drilling system was successfully field tested in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Features

Floating structure and mooring advances target ultra-deepwater fields

New-generation offshore floaters are coming on stream to drill and produce oil and gas under extreme environments, including the Lower Tertiary plays in the Gulf of Mexico and the presalt finds in deepwater Brazil.

Fluid modeling helps improve skim tank performance

Using computational fluid dynamics simulations, a new internals design was demonstrated to greatly improve volumetric utilization, allowing the operator to double the process flowrate.

Latest technologies, long-term energy strategies distinguish OTC 2010

From climate change policy to the dynamics of salt tectonics, this year’s show features a comprehensive array of all things offshore.

Single-trip multilateral junction technology reduces well costs

An innovative application of casing-exit technology saved two trips and $2 million in Norway’s Åsgard Smørbukk Sør Field.

Successful drilling and completion at BC-10 using surface BOP system

The implementation of a seabed isolation device enabled a doubling of the operating water depth capacity for operations offshore Brazil.

Technology from Europe: Ball-activated valve saves operator time and money during hole cleaning

Vol. 231 No. 4    TECHNOLOGY FOR EUROPE Ball-activated valve saves operator time and money during hole cleaning Iain Whyte and Brian Coll , M-I Swaco A North Sea operator was planning to drill an extended-reach well on a platform where hole cleaning problems

Technology from Europe: Casing inspection tool monitors corrosion without interrupting production

Vol. 231 No. 4    TECHNOLOGY FROM EUROPE Casing inspection tool monitors corrosion without interrupting production Paul Crouzen and Diederick Bax , Shell Global Solutions; Trevor Rea and Ian Taylor , Shell UK E&P The North Sea is a mature basin with

Technology from Europe: Command-activated sandface valve enables improved high-angle wellbore cleanup

Vol. 231 No. 4   TECHNOLOGY FOR EUROPE Command-activated sandface valve enables improved high-angle wellbore cleanup Malcolm Adam and David Coul , Omega Completion Technology A command-activated sandface valve (CA-SFV) was developed that has significantly im

Technology from Europe: Developing ‘green’ corrosion inhibitors for the North Sea

Vol. 231 No. 4    TECHNOLOGY FROM EUROPE Developing ‘green’ corrosion inhibitors for the North Sea   Graham Nelson and Andrew MacDonald , Clariant Oil Services Use of chemical inhibitors is an effective method of corrosion control in the oil and gas industr

Technology from Europe: Interview with Bente Nyland, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Agency says new fields off Norway are smaller, but mean more activity

Technology from Europe: Interview with Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK

UK oil rep: Tax and regulatory certainty needed to raise production

 

Technology from Europe: Interview with Morten Kelstrup, Maersk Oil & Gas

Maersk O&G to expand in US Gulf while increasing European production

Technology from Europe: Interview with Zoltán Áldott, MOL

MOL sees success outside Hungary, faces declining domestic production

Technology from Europe: New class for well intervention units

Vol. 231 No. 4    TECHNOLOGY FROM EUROPE Cost-effective solutions to enhance SCR performance for deepwater field development Per Wiggo Richardsen , Det Norsk Veritas Maritime Demand has pushed operators of well intervention units to develop new technologies to

Technology from Europe: Securing personnel electronically on the Statfjord platforms

Vol. 231 No. 4    TECHNOLOGY FROM EUROPE Securing personnel electronically on the Statfjord platforms Svein Thorsen , Statoil; and Doug Woodbridge, S3 ID Statoil’s Statfjord Field is located about 80 mi off the coast of Norway. Statfjord is a significant tra

Testing a multistage fluid treatment

The treatment process investigated includes electro-coagulation and advanced mechanical separation, as well as a low-pressure, chemical affinity-based filter.

What’s new in artificial lift

Part II —Advances in subsea boosting, HT pumps and shale gas dewatering.

Columns

Drilling advances

Big indeed can come in the tiniest of packages

 

Editorial comment

‘Please, God! Give us another boom.’

Exploration discoveries

Monthly updates of exploration discoveries throughout the globe.

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Natural gas for Europe: How much? From where? At what price?

What’s new in exploration

Passing the salt takes a collaborative effort

What's new in production

A land flowing with milk, honey and natural gas

 

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

Benchmark crude oil futures were down by $2/bbl month-on-month in February, but rebounded by almost $10/bbl from early-February lows.

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New Products

People in industry

People in the Industry

World of Oil

Cascade, Chinook Fields to come online