October 2014 ///

Special Focus

Collision avoidance while planning and drilling complex wells

Kevin P. McCoy, PE, Teresa McCoy, James Dayton, Warren E&P; David Meyers, Baker Hughes

Rehabilitating old fields from a single drilling location can be challenging.

Drilling the perfect horizontal well requires trade-offs

K. C. Oren, Horizontal Solutions International

Better cooperation between engineers and geoscientists, along with each side recognizing some basic drilling and geosteering principles, and their inherent trade-offs, and applying the right tools to the project, can help operator/service teams come closer to drilling the “perfect” well.

Features

Keeping the E&P workforce safe and comfortable

Scott Corriveau, Ansell

Hand protection is a key component of reliable and safe operation in the oil and gas industry.

ShaleTech: Niobrara-Codell

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Production rising despite anti-drilling backlash

Coverage length and density affect performance of fairings

Don W. Allen, VIV Solutions, LLC; Stergios Liapis, Shell Exploration and Production

Ocean currents create vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) on marine risers and other cylindrical objects, creating friction against the structure’s surface.

Enhancing oil recovery from tight oil plays

Richard Baker, Baker Hughes

The success or failure of secondary recovery in low-permeability reservoirs depends on several factors.  

NETL develops advanced CO2 foam reservoir simulator

Sinisha Jikich, U.S. Department of Energy

A new equation-of–state simulator was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Marine multi-measurement system improves imaging quality, exploration efficiency

Chris Cunnell, WesternGeco

Since its launch in 2012, IsoMetrix marine seismic technology has been deployed successfully around four continents.

Advantages of a new nozzle valve for gas lift

Alicino R. Almeida, Petrobras R&D Center (CENPES)

The nozzle valve is a direct competitor of the traditional orifice valve, and may replace it with advantages.    

Regional report: MENA

Todd Jensen, Lydia Moore, Petroleum Services Group, Deloitte

Despite geopolitical turmoil, Middle Eastern and North African exploration and licensing activity levels remain strong, with the MENA region producing over one-third of the world's oil and one-fifth of global gas.

Ultrasonic devices improve gas leak detection in challenging environments

Dr. Eliot Sizeland, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Analytical

Given the wide variety of potential gas leak sources, the development of ultrasonic gas detectors for wellhead applications is an important step in providing effective, efficient coverage, on top of traditional gas detection solutions for challenging environments.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Where have you gone?

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

EDX fosters cooperation in innovation

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Turning perceived failures into successes

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Like finding cash under the couch

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

How much gold remains in the Scottish North Sea?

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Watch what’s happening in the Arctic

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

White House study is dangerously delusional

Executive viewpoint

Alex Mills, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Federal regulations continue to grow

Innovative thinkers

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Enhanced Oil Recovery: Foam in, oil out

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Mid-term elections have implications for U.S. upstream sector

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Steven McGinn, World Oil

World of oil and gas

People in the industry

Steven McGinn, World Oil

People in the industry

New products and services

Steven McGinn, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Steven McGinn, World Oil

Companies in the news

Meeting and events

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Meeting and events

Industry at a glance

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Industry at a glance