November 2013 ///

Special Focus

Microseismic monitoring yields production optimization strategies for Marcellus shale

A production optimization experiment, conducted in the Marcellus shale, suggests that of all varied completion parameters examined, increasing the stage length poses the highest potential for cost-savings. Further studies should be conducted, using a more sophisticated model, in which the attributes are fully dependent on each other.     

Ultra-deepwater system optimizes multilateral production, benefits environment, safety

A new ultra-deepwater intelligent production system, with wireless data and power transfer capabilities, has been shown to optimize production in multilateral wells and increase well life. Developed under a project run by RPSEA, the system also reduces environmental impact and improves safety.

Features

North American rig fleet gains while activity level drops

In the U.S. and Canada, additions to fleets increased availability, while activity decreased. The global offshore mobile fleet posted another modest gain, with 42 newbuilds entering service in the last year.

Regional Report: The Arctic

The northernmost region holds great promise, but increasingly, the risk is that it remains just so. Doubts are gathering about whether governmental policy, combined with changing industry economics, will permit the development of the last frontier.  

New 2D seismic data improve evaluation of Barents and Kara Sea basins

In the Russian part of the Barents and Kara Seas, sedimentary basins of different ages are singled out.  All of these basins have different hydrocarbon systems.  The new seismic data show possible prospects and add significantly to the investigation of the hydrocarbon potential of the sedimentary basins of the Barents and Kara Seas.

Monterey/Santos: Operators struggle with cracking code

The headline in the Sept. 23 issue of The Wall Street Journal says it all: “So much shale oil—but, so hard to get.”

Evolution of subsea boosting increases production from existing and marginal fields

Since 2000, oil companies have moved into deeper waters and lower-permeability reservoirs, and toward higher well shut-in pressures, thus creating an accelerated demand for increased boosting technology. The greatest “leap” in technology has been the increase in pressure rating from 3,000 to 15,000 psi, and the increase of pump differential pressure from 500 to 3,000 psi.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Symbolism with substance

What's new in exploration

William J. Pike, World Oil

Ideas and their time

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Fixing the roads much traveled

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Fracturing in the cold, cold ground

Offshore in depth

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Ultra-deepwater drillships: Coming to a basin near you

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng, Contributing Editor

Will Norway's new government change petroleum policy?

Executive viewpoint

Thierry Pilenko, Technip

Innovation takes the oil and gas industry further

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Mark A. Childers: Innovating for a living

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

The last barrel

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

People in the industry

New products and services

New products and services

Meeting and events

Meeting and events