June 2016 ///

Special Focus

Driving efficiency in cemented liner completions

Travis Harris, Packers Plus Energy Services

Expanding the boundaries of ball-drop technology has led to a simple, yet effective design for reducing completion time and improving operational efficiency.

Features

What’s new in artificial lift?

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

Part 2: In this second of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in ESPs, PCPs, and gas lift systems, plus new developments in power, automation, control and monitoring systems.

Sucker rod coupling material solves downhole wear economically

Seth A. Silverman, Logan Stoner, Hess Corporation; William D. Nielsen, Diane M. Nielsen, Materion Corporation

A new sucker rod coupling material enabled a more-than-threefold extension in run times in the Williston basin’s Bakken shale, thereby eliminating significant workover costs for the operator and facilitating uninterrupted production.

“Shielding” technology prevents wellbore instability issues

Andy Bradbury, Jack Degrand, Marcus Brassette, Cody Wellman, Impact Fluid Solutions

Alternative approach cuts NPT and reduces casing string requirements in weak, depleted horizons.

ShaleTech: Bakken-Three Forks shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Deferrals replace unchecked production

Nine Energy stimulates 50-stage Divert-A-Frac system in Williston basin

Rickey Green, Kendall Manning, Nine Energy Service

The Williston basin has seen a full evolution of completion technology throughout its development, with increasing levels of science being applied to determine the best methodology.

Regional Report: Russia

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Russia remains top competitor through stabilized output, extended field life

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

UK’s referendum on EU approaches, amid scant talk of E&P effects

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

The reality of alternative energy

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Experienced explorationists are the best “new” technology an enterprise can possess

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The human touch

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Perforating, perforce

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Marine seismic suppliers leverage multi-client libraries to weather downturn

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

The rise—and the rise—of oil and gas

Executive viewpoint

Alasdair Buchanan, Lloyd's Register

Low oil price environment drives efficiencies, collaborative projects

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

An eye to the future

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a Glance: Oil and Gas Prices, Production, Rig Counts

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

People in the industry

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Companies in the news

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

World Oil's 100-Year Anniversary

A time of incredible peaks and valleys

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

The first decade-and-a-half of the 2000s has been a time of seminal events for the world, the global upstream industry, Gulf Publishing Company and World Oil.

Shale plays revolutionize U.S. production

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Nothing epitomizes the 2001-2016 period more than the “Shale Revolution” in the U.S. First, there was a wave of shale gas development.

Deepwater projects come of age

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Through most of the last 15-years, the global E&P industry has seen a significant expansion of deepwater activity, particularly in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West Africa.

Significant changes come to Gulf Publishing and World Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

The global oil and gas industry has not been alone in experiencing significant changes during the 2001-2016 period.

Industry endures the Big Plunge

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Not since the great price collapse of 1986 has the global upstream industry seen such a major downturn in oil prices and activity, particularly in North America, as has occurred from late 2014 forward.