April 2014 ///
A drilling team applies new technologies, such as a walking rig, rotary steerable system and performance benchmarking, to achieve a three-fold reduction in drilling times.
Reduced drilling costs, combined with a smaller environmental footprint, have driven the burgeoning growth of multi-well pads.
Fault reactivation is a significant deepwater hazard offshore Brazil.
This year, the OTC will celebrate a major milestone, marking four-and-a-half decades of existence, and coming off of its second-largest attendance in show history in 2013, when more than 104,000 people flocked to Reliant Park.
CLOV is the fourth major project, which Total and its partners have developed in the prolific Block 17 in deepwater Angola.
Offshore floating platforms are complex engineering systems, with numerous design challenges for the engineer, from the perspective of safety, reliability and longevity.
A new, chemical-infused, proppant-sized solid inhibitor is being used in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to provide long-term inhibition for barium sulfate scale.
Future development of subsea technology will be driven by the concept of the subsea factory.
Leasing, exploration and drilling activity in the world’s leading offshore basin has surpassed pre-Macondo levels.
Production peaking for now, but potential remains strong
A proper, timely assessment of a reservoir can make a substantial difference in a field development’s economic life.
Statoil has an exploration game plan
Some federal “fixes” are anything but that
Outside of North America, is there hope for tight oil?
Operators set sights on frontier areas
The Crimea crisis, Russian gas and Norway
Changing times call for new leadership in oil and gas
Oxane: Down to the nitty-gritty
Federal mandate results in unintended GOM “dead zone”
News & Resources
New products and services
As we begin the second quarter of 2014, the forecast for the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is extraordinary, with all the barometers pointing to a healthy period of sustained growth in drilling and production activity.
Activity continues to build back and expand in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and service/supply providers are boosting operations to satisfy the market.
When your docks play a key role in delivering more than 18% of the nation’s energy requirements, maintaining the utmost security and keeping track of increasingly congested waterways are paramount.
With Gulf of Mexico operators forced to jump through increasingly onerous regulations, just to get a permit to drill wells that likewise have become more complex and time-intensive, the current federal leasing model is totally out of sync with the new-world realities.
The concerted 17-year effort to acquire financing, and complete the elevated replacement of the critical, but often-impassable, Louisiana Highway 1 corridor in Lafourche Parish, has set its sights on offshore production funds.
Anyone with an affinity for the old-generation, joystick-controlled video games would feel right at home at Weatherford’s fully automated tubular bucking facility in Port Fourchon, which is designed to handle everything from 28-in. casing to 41/2-in. production tubing with minimal personnel.
The DRILCO storage yard, at its dockside tubular support facility in Port Fourchon’s C-Port II, speaks volumes on the impending level of business with the new rigs entering the Gulf of Mexico.
The family-owned premium threader, once known as K&B Machine of Houma, La., is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with a soon-to-be new home and a corporate identity that “more accurately reflects our range of services.”
Government-mandated decommissioning of non-producing platforms may represent dead weight on an operator’s books, but it means big business for companies with the technologies capable of removing structures and disabling wells on the outermost end of the production cycle.
Harvey Gulf International Marine is constructing a $25-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling facility in Port Fourchon to serve, what it says, is the growth of LNG as a marine fuel. No completion date for the LNG bunkering facility has been provided.
Privately held Danos of Larose, La., is in full-fledged construction mode after completing what it described as “an incredible year.”
The oil and gas industry, especially offshore, will increasingly experience a serious gap of skilled technicians, as large numbers of older and more experienced employees reach retirement age.
As the growing fleet of oversized deepwater support vessels grabs most of the ink of late, Baker Hughes has expanded its Gulf of Mexico presence with the introduction of the 255-ft new-generation StimFORCE stimulation vessel.
Supreme Service & Specialty Co. of Houma, La., has introduced a natural gamma (N/G) sub that, it says, is a viable and more cost-effective option to tightly regulated radioactive-tagged (R/A) subs.
Technology from Europe
The formation of hydrates in deepwater natural gas tie-back lines historically was inhibited by injecting triethylene glycol (TEG) or methanol at the subsea manifold.
A government-commissioned review of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry by Sir Ian Wood has proposed a radical blueprint for measures to get the best out of maturing North Sea fields.
The Norwegian offshore sector is at a crossroads, needing to adopt new techniques and approaches to boost output from mature fields, and stimulate fresh E&P activity.
The Netherlands’ longstanding connection with the sea is reflected in the global reach of its companies in the oil and gas sector.
Croatian E&P has a long history of moderate production, although it has suffered in recent years from falling output and a lack of outside investment.
Ben van Bilderbeek believes the friction-grip technology developed by his UK-based company, Plexus Ocean Systems, is a major step forward in wellhead design, which can reduce the potential for blowouts, such as that which sparked the Macondo well disaster in 2010.
Operators are always looking for an economical and environmentally sensitive way to access mature oil fields.
As operators continue the push to extract hydrocarbons from ever-deeper waters, well integrity remains a key concern that needs to be addressed.
Global demand for crude oil and natural gas continues, unabated.
Oil and gas well intervention operations, particularly subsea interventions, are expensive and can take rigs away from more productive exploration and development work.
Increased production of sour crude is forcing producers to seek cost-effective acid gas disposal methods that are both environmentally responsible and safe.