August 2014 ///

Special Focus

High-alloy austenitic stainless steels prove worth in sour gas fields

Kukuh Soerowidjojo Ir., Sandvik South East Asia

Rising oil prices and market growth are enabling energy companies to extract oil and gas from ever-deeper waters.

Expandable liner hanger and packer exceed expectations for first deepwater well in Red Sea

Yemi Adewuya, Shrikant Tiwari, Saudi Aramco; Abdullah Abdelwahed, Maurilio Solono, Baker Hughes

A newly developed, 11¾-in., expandable liner hanger packer (ELHP) system made it possible to overcome the challenges of drilling Saudi Aramco’s first deepwater well, a rank wildcat in the Red Sea. 

Features

Role of class in deepwater regulatory compliance evolves with industry needs

Bret Montaruli, Luiz Feijo, ABS

As activity accelerates, regulatory compliance in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico touches more and more of the supply chain. Increased emphasis is being placed on the certification of new technologies not deployed previously in the region.

North American outlook: Prosperity in the U.S. market continues

Kurt Abraham, World Oil; Robert Curran, Mauro Nogarin, Contributing Editor

Despite a variety of interfering factors, U.S. activity remains at a high level, aided by the industry’s technical and efficiency gains. Canada continues to slowly rebound on the strength of oil activity, while Mexico remains at a lower level.     

Automated MPD in SAGD well successfully navigates narrow-pressure window

Vincent Boucher, Suncor Energy Inc.; Nadine Osayande, Elvin Mammadov, Sheldon Sephton, Weatherford Canada

After thorough up-front planning, Suncor and Weatherford conducted a successful MPD operation in a SAGD well. A total of 2,350 ft was safely drilled for the re-entry production section.

Regional report: West Africa

Laura White, Arran Waterman, Petroleum Services Group, Deloitte

Identification of potential pre-salt basins and improved deepwater technologies leads to targeted licensing rounds, as several countries strive to participate and boost activity in these frontier plays.

Energy, security and understanding the human terrain of West Africa

Michael Keating, The Cormorant Group

When operators enter underexplored areas, the question of how best to proceed with project development becomes more complex when considering local communities.

ShaleTech Eagle Ford Pearsall: Deals abound, as production in play approaches 1 MMbpd

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The South Texas fairway of the Eagle Ford/Pearsall shale has taken on the feel of a more than 400-mi-long trade mart this year, as new players shell out top dollar to gain a share of what are among the highest recovery rates in the unconventional sector, and a play with plenty of room to grow.

Technology fuels BHP’s Eagle Ford improvements

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

One of the most efficient drillers in the Eagle Ford has turned its attention lately toward capitalizing on its diverse technical toolkit, to both increase and sustain production rates.  

Innovative sand failure analysis and prediction modeling restore lost production in North Sea field

Pipelay technology, vessels set North Sea pipe-in-pipe installation record

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Let’s give ’em what they want

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Public awareness not what it could be

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Onshore Africa: Hope, investment in short supply

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

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Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

BLM told to step it up

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

BOEM’s rational decision to open Atlantic OCS to exploration

Oil and gas in the capitals

Mauro Nogarin, Contributing Editor

Capital markets balance in Latin America

Executive viewpoint

Fiona Macaulay, Rockhopper Exploration PLC

Travails and triumphs of a frontier explorer

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Freedom to rock: dGB Earth Sciences

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Tracking the enemy from within

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

World of oil and gas

People in the industry

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

People in the industry

New products and services

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

New products and services

Meeting and events

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Meeting and events

Industry at a glance

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Industry at a glance

Companies in the news

Companies in the news