November 2011 ///

Special Focus

Reverse PCP design and automated control system restore production to sanded-up well

The combined technologies have extended pump life by maintaining a safe fluid level in the well, while allowing increased production rates.

Simultaneous hydrate and paraffin treatment at a subsea Gulf of Mexico development

Root-cause failure analysis on the problematic tiebacks and experimental testing of chemicals resulted in an effective flow assurance program.


Web Exclusive: Development of oil sands in Alberta and beyond

Technical, economic and environmental issues have meant that much of the world’s oil sands reserves have stayed in the ground.

Merged 3D surveys offshore West Africa identify new petroleum potential

The west coast of Sub-Saharan Africa has been an area of focus for hydrocarbon exploration since the 1950s.

North American rig fleet shrinks as activity climbs

Even as demand for both land and offshore rigs climbs, the number of newly built and rebuilt units could not keep up with those being retired. This trend, along with stable oil prices, could send the utilization rate over 70% next year.

Regional Report: West Africa

On the heels of giant Nigerian and Angolan field developments and first oil in Ghana’s deep water, frontier exploration commences in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Deepwater: Topsides overcome weight and cost

The first step that operators must take when designing the topsides that will go on a floating production unit (FPU) is to establish its functional requirements, such as process, export, drilling and power abilities.


Drilling advances

On Cuba drilling plans, US takes NIMBYism to a whole new level

Editorial comment

It’s a jungle out there

Energy Issues

Gas everywhere

Innovative thinkers

David Hall:
One diamond, 500 patents (and a hovercraft in between)

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Keystone follies

What’s new in exploration

Non-radiogenic neutron generation for downhole logging

What's new in production

Canada’s abundant oil sands: More syncrude without troubling the waters

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