July 2014 ///

Special Focus

Collaboration adds MPD functionality to deepwater rig

Guy Feasey, Neal Richard, Weatherford; Martin Tindle,, Brian Garrett,, Rowan Companies

An operator, drilling contractor and service company collaborated on the conversion of an “open-to-atmosphere” deepwater rig, to provide full managed pressure and closed loop drilling capabilities.  

Lightweight risers increase rigs’ water depth ratings

Jeff Lehner, Tim Marvel, Alcoa Oil & Gas

The deepwater, lightweight riser system, incorporating improvements derived from nearly a decade of operation, can extend the water depth range of rigs to 8,000 ft.

Features

Meeting offshore challenges with new rig designs

Eldon Ball, Contributing Editor

New offshore rig designs feature a drillship capable of drilling 40,000-ft wells in a 12,500-ft water depth, with 20,000-psi well control; a platform rig with hydraulic hoist; a jackup with P&A capabilities; and integrated software for quality management.

Acoustical determination of cement thickness in cased wells

Giorgio M. Wiercinski, Miguel A. Ludena, ML&Associates; Duane E. Gore, Dynamic Analytical Solutions, LLC

The thickness and reliability of cement in a cased well is a matter of concern for both service companies and operators.

Building understanding of offshore Congo regional geology through 3D seismic

Patrick Coole, Simon Baer, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS); Alain Richard Ngouala Nzoussi, Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (SNPC)

Exploration offshore Congo is moving into deeper water, with discoveries, such as Moho Bilondo, helping to de-risk the petroleum system.

What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation

Stephen Prensky, Consultant, Silver Spring, Maryland

Part 2: In this final installment of a two-part series, the author highlights developments in wireline cased-hole logging, reservoir monitoring, coring, wellsite evaluation and laboratory techniques.

Regional report: UKCS

Catherine Plowdon, Zaki Hasan, Alex Gorman, André Sharma, Petroleum Services Group, Deloitte

Recent tax breaks are showing signs of revival on the UKCS; however, technical and commercial challenges remain

Riding a high tide, Norway plans for the future

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

As operators push Norwegian E&P activity close to record highs, the government and industry are working together to plan future upstream growth prudently while keeping costs under control.

ONS: Changes lie ahead, and below, for the oil and gas industry

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

In the same way that operators, service companies and manufacturers have switched gears to respond to the changing oil and gas landscape offshore Norway, the UK and mainland Europe, the organizers of this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) event have also updated their focus.

ShaleTech: International

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Race to production steadily ramping up

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Getting into (and out of) the Gulf of Mexico

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Same game, different questions

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Demand for better exploration technology continues to grow

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The errors in ‘human error’

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

I’ll take “Sand” for $50, Alex

Offshore in depth

Eldon Ball, Contributing Editor

Offshore forecasts see more growth, increased spending

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji, Contributing Editor

Iraq: Déjà vu

Executive viewpoint

Craig Beasley, WesternGeco

Geoscientists are doing good things for the world

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Presidential characterization: D. Nathan Meehan

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Pipe dumping trade case proceeds in U.S.

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

Companies in the news

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Companies in the news

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

Shale Technology Review

Best practices for more production, less HSE impact

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

It was only 1981, when George Mitchell began experimenting with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett shale.

Factory drilling is no substitute for formation evaluation

Eve Sprunt, Consultant

In a push to reduce costs in unconventional shale play reservoirs, some in the industry are racing to systematize development processes, even before understanding many of the aspects that play a role in shale production.

Finding sweet spots and optimizing completions through G&G advances

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Recent advances in a number of G&G techniques, such as full-azimuth imaging, deep shear wave imaging, integrated wireline evaluation and microseismic monitoring are improving results in unconventional plays

New technologies tackle drilling efficiency and HSE issues

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

New technologies enabling increased drilling efficiency, with reduced HSE footprint, include real-time, remote monitoring centers, walking rigs, fluids cycle automation and remote pipe racking. 

Fracturing technology continues to advance

Eldon Ball, Contributing Editor

The E&P industry is known for building on past successes, and hydraulic fracturing technology is no exception.

Water management tools and techniques continue to expand

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

To use water resources more efficiently during hydraulic fracturing associated with shale development, the E&P industry continues to add new devices and innovative techniques, including this collection of eight recent items.   

What's new in shale technology

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

What's new in shale technology