October 2015 ///

Special Focus

Plug the value leak: Fix your drilling data

Pradeepkumar Ashok, Sentinel Real Time; Adrian Ambrus, Eric Van Oort, The University of Texas at Austin; Nathan Zenero, Chesapeake Energy; Michael Behounek, Apache Corporation

Today, drilling data are marred by a lack of quality assurance, with potential costly consequences for analytics and real-time decisions made from faulty data. A new system allows operators to boost efficiency through the validation of real-time or historical data, unlocking significant reductions in both non-productive time and invisible lost time.

Hybrid drilling technique improves offshore dual-conductor operations

Hans Schrader, Nico Foekema, Jon Ruszka, Harry Wilson, Adeniyi Adams, Baker Hughes

Combining closed-loop, automated, rotary-steerable drilling technology, with controlled directional jetting, is improving field development economics, lowering risk and enabling more productive well designs in mature offshore fields.

Drilling speed: More savings to be had?

Nils Reimers, Tomax AS

The lifting cost, or cost per barrel, becomes a hot topic when margins are squeezed by low crude prices. An interesting debate, in this context, is what can be done to drilling speed—are we close to theoretical limits, or are we still far off?

Features

Proven technologies match hookloads with ideal ultra-deepwater well designs

Dieter Wijning, Ed Adams, Huisman

Technologies incorporated in Huisman’s dual multi-purpose drilling tower (DMPT) allow operators to land heavy casing strings and optimize the design of wells targeting deep horizons.

Norway pushes the oil recovery envelope

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

In this third and final article on Norway’s E&P sector, the country’s quest to push the oil recovery rate higher continues to move forward, regardless of oil price levels, technical challenges and field conditions.

ShaleTech: Niobrara-Codell shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Attractive sweet-spot margins help ease pain of low prices

Regional Report: MENA

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

With the industry facing low crude oil prices for the foreseeable future, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remains an oasis of increasing oilfield activity, due to minimal lifting costs.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Jumping the curve

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Arctic: The real deal

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Technology could save your life

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Technologies for the taking

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Waiting in the wings

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

RPSEA demonstrates value of government-industry collaboration

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

Throw oil and gas under the bus?

Executive viewpoint

Paul Tsounis, Alberta Energy

Will oil sands production fall in this low-price environment?

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Louise Goetz: Empowering wells and women

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

When “experts” make predictions, run the other way

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

People in the industry

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Companies in the news