December 2014 ///

Special Focus

What industry leaders expect for 2015

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

The year 2014 has been a period of not only great profitability for the global upstream industry but also a time of considerable volatility.

Features

Regional report: China

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

China is the predominant player on both the demand and supply sides of the global oil and gas industry.

Demand for more wells, more footage with fewer rigs drives drill bit design

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

With oil prices softening, the pressure to get more out of each well, and longer life out of every bit, will only increase.

ShaleTech: Permian Basin

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Multi-zone play chugs on amid lower prices

Test proppants to mitigate respirable dust hazards

Dr. Tihana Fuss-Dezelic, Saint Gobain

Sand generates respirable dust comprising crystalline silica, which is a concern for the hydraulic fracturing industry.

Liner-less technology enhances wellsite spill containment

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Increased onshore drilling activity means an increased risk of spills that can occur at the well site—spills that can harm the environment and pose safety issues.

Hard stats show greener oil and gas in Italy

Roberto Mezzalama, Golder Associates

As the quantifying of environmental impacts becomes increasingly important for the oil and gas industry, a report from Golder Associates commends Italy’s environmental performance.

Activist efforts to regulate the industry go “local”

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

Not satisfied with their efforts on a national, federal scale, environmental and other anti-industry activists have begun to focus on the local level, in their attempt to block the U.S. shale oil and gas revolution

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Precarious present, uncertain future

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

When your well speaks, listen

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Tell me it ain’t so

Executive viewpoint—Dixon

Chris Dixon, HSE

Taking safety to the next level

Innovative thinkers

Steven McGinn, World Oil

Horizontal wells: A standard for today

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Bifurcation and belt-tightening for offshore drillers

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng, Contributing Editor

How robust is Norway’s petroleum industry?

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

A new era dawns in U.S. Congress for E&P industry

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

SEG stimulates debates on data, technology and mammal monitoring

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Hydraulic fracturing helps the geothermal industry build up steam

Executive viewpoint—Bennett

Graham Bennett, DNV GL

New EU Directive recognizes regime model for safe offshore operations

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Steven McGinn, World Oil

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Industry at a glance

Meeting and events

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Meeting and events

New products and services

Steven McGinn, World Oil

New products and services

People in the industry

Steven McGinn, World Oil

People in the industry

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Special Supplement

Drilling rig advances 2014

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Deeper, faster, safer, cheaper—the demands on drilling rigs are huge, unrelenting and, sometimes, even contradictory.