May 2013 ///

Special Focus

Intelligent completions enable injection and production in mature field offshore Vietnam

IC technology was successfully applied in an offshore field, in the South China Sea, to provide an efficient water-injection method for optimizing pressure support, as well as sweep.

Features

Canadian shales shift focus to tight oil, but drilling down

On the heels of an upraised assessment of potential reserves, which Canada says stacks up nicely with its southern neighbor’s most prolific shale plays, tight oil is expected to play an ever-increasing role in the nation’s overall production mix. The identified liquids-rich plays in the Western Canada Sedimentary basin also have become case studies on the evolution of frac design and completion strategies in emerging unconventional plays.

Effective water management requires both surface and subsurface solutions

An optimum water management program can be achieved by minimizing water production through subsurface technologies, and then employing field-specific surface water treatment and recycling strategies.

Interaction of drilling with social responsibility improves water access and resource utilization

PART 1: Drilling infrastructure could potentially improve a community’s access to water in areas with limited potable supplies, as demonstrated in California, Central America, and various other international locations.

Single-run “mega-combo” LWD/MWD improves formation evaluation offshore Angola

The largest-ever suite of MWD/LWD data acquired for an ultra-deepwater well offshore Angola aided in the design of optimum BHAs and wireline programs for subsequent wells.

What’s new in artificial lift?

Part 1: In this first of two monthly reports, the authors review various artificial lift technologies and highlight innovations in beam/rod pumping and hydraulic piston pumps.

Geology & Geophysics

Achieving seismic inversion without 4D logs in the North Sea’s Blake field

The Hit Cube matches stochastic pseudo-well synthetics to measured seismic responses, so that seismic inversion can be done without known target information and 4D difference logs.

EAGE preview: Leveraging technology to change industry frontiers

This year, participants at the 75th EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the industry’s “Changing Frontiers.” As the global population grows and energy demand increases, oil and gas players around the world are looking for new, more sophisticated ways to access and develop Earth’s natural resources. EAGE will be held June 10-13, 2013, at ExCel London.

Columns

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Study pins down cementing gaps

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Growth: Organic and inorganic

Innovative thinkers

John Betz, World Oil

Fred Dupriest: Refusing to drill by the book

Offshore in depth

Richard Vernotzy, Contributing Editor

Newbuilds keep on coming: MODU ahoy!

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng, Contributing Editor

New horizons unfold in Europe

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Bureaucrats’ environmental agendas run into turbulence

What’s new in exploration

William J. Pike, World Oil

Well testing overlooked in deepwater exploration?

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Who needs water anyway?

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New products and services

People in industry

People in industry

World of Oil and Gas

World of Oil and Gas

Web Exclusive

Reginal Report: Latin America

Latin America is a continent of contradictions for oil and gas activity. Brazil’s 11th licensing round and is creating excitement for both offshore and onshore activities, but the country is experiencing declining production from mature fields. Political uncertainty is clouding prospects in Venezuela and Argentina. While Colombia has passed the 1 MMbopd milestone, lack of major discoveries has subdued expectations for the local oil and gas industry.