May 2014 ///

Special Focus

First enclosed-trough solar steam generation pilot for EOR applications

Daniel Palmer, John O’Donnell, GlassPoint Solar

Through one year of operations, the pilot project has demonstrated the technical feasibility of solar steam generation for EOR in the Middle Eastern desert environment.

Features

Collaboration delivers first Lower Tertiary smart completion system

Fernando Gama, Flavio D. De Moraes, Ziad Haddad, Oswaldo M. Moreira, K. Scott Ogier, Petrobras; Kevin Joseph, Ronnie Moore, Wayne Welch, Baker Hughes

Petrobras and Baker Hughes collaborated to accomplish the industry’s first intelligent well completion in the deepwater Lower Tertiary Wilcox formation under HPHT (>250°F and >19,000 psi) conditions at a water depth exceeding 8,200 ft and a 26,000-ft TVD.

What’s new in artificial lift?

Joe D. Woods, International Pinpoint; James F. Lea, PL Tech LLC; Herald W. Winkler, Texas Tech University

Part 1: In this first of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in beam/rod pumping, linear lift, hydraulic piston pumps and hydraulic jet pumps.

Broadband seismic improves reservoir understanding without detailed well control

Cyrille Reiser, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)

The seismic industry constantly seeks to improve the contribution of seismic data to the upstream E&P workflow.    

Regional Report: Latin America

Mauro Nogarin, Dayse Abrantes, Contributing Editor

Future growth depends on more investment, improved technology from Mexico to Brazil and Chile.

Brazil becoming land of opportunity for skilled oil, gas workers

Dayse Abrantes, Contributing Editor

In Brazil, mind-boggling financial figures for oil and gas E&P, along with a severe shortage of skilled personnel, are opening up opportunities for expats.

ShaleTech: Canadian Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Tight oil dominates, but gas showing some signs of life

How R&D outsourcing frees up resources

B. N. Murali, QuEST Global Engineering Company

Facing technical challenges and escalating costs, operators are tasking oilfield service (OFS) companies to reduce well construction and production costs.   

Social media texting merges with RACI to enhance project management

Robert W. Troy, Paula S. deWitte, Ener-Net

Every oilfield project has formal and informal communication structures that impact its success.

Hydraulic jet pumps prove worth for lifting early production

Chris Clark, Liberty Resources; Ryan Kosmicki,, Weatherford

Although they were once relegated to frac flowback operations, jet pumps are now showing potential as an artificial lift method to maximize production potential.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Discovering discoveries

What's new in exploration

William J. Pike, World Oil

Let’s get theoretical

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

KPI toolbox not yet full

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Full disclosure: Company secrets vs. public confidence

Offshore in depth

Eldon Ball, Contributing Editor

Development initiatives address challenges of moving topsides to seafloor

Oil and gas in the capitals

Raj Kanwar, Contributing Editor

Gas pricing issue in India has become complex

Executive viewpoint

Lance R. Marklinger, Weatherford

Well integrity management extends from planning to abandonment

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Battelle: A history of innovation

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

West Virginia’s Manchin tries to push Keystone XL through Senate

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

Recruitment

Elevating women in oil and gas: Critical factors for attraction and retention

Redia Anderson, BP

To achieve proportionate representation of women at each level within an organization, companies will need to implement active programs and systems, to identify missed opportunities and work to eliminate them.

Hiring challenges are constantly evolving in today’s candidate-driven market

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

As the industry continues to invest unprecedented capital and time into projects, both onshore and offshore, the competition for talent to support these global projects has also increased.      

Companies respond to the evolving hiring process

Jill Tennant, Contributing Editor

Hiring strategies and the recruitment process in today’s upstream industry are changing to keep pace with the shifting supply of qualified workers, increases in compensation expectations and expanding global competition. 

Lessons learned on workforce risk from Australia’s LNG boom

Matt Smith,, Air Energi

Australia’s recent LNG successes have been far from pain-free, with demand for skilled workers greatly outweighing supply.

China, Brazil among those racing to attract qualified E&P talent

Mark Charman, Faststream Recruitment Group

Around the world, in traditional high-production areas, as well as frontier regions, the competition for qualified talent is driving up compensation demands, with companies seeking to attract as many top candidates as possible from a shrinking pool.

Mind the gap: Who’s next?

Jon Glesinger, Expert Alumni

When it comes to succession planning and the skills gap in today’s workforce, companies around the world are approaching the subject in a variety of ways, before it is too late.

Making social media work now, so it works later

Liat Rorer, Pricelock

Professionals with a well-rounded and thoughtful social media presence will be better-prepared to network, whether they are in a satisfying job role, or are looking for the next career opportunity.

Training and development: A must-have for candidates, employers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Companies across the upstream sector are revisiting how they train and develop their employees for technical and leadership roles, investing more time and capital than ever in these efforts.

Scrapping the cap for professionals: A solution to the UK’s shortage of engineers?

Alison Hutton, Newland Chase

With restrictive UK immigration policies in place, qualified workers in engineering and science disciplines are unable to remain in the country, or have difficulty returning post-education, to help close the growing gap between skilled candidates and unfilled job roles.