January 2017 ///

Special Focus

Inferno in the Caspian: Regaining control of a 30-well production platform

Mike Foreman, Miguel Munoz, Will Paulsen, Boots & Coots—A Halliburton Service

Hurricane force winds led to a multi-well fire on a 30-well production platform. In spite of continuing adverse conditions, well control specialists were able to safely extinguish the blaze in 64 days, 25 of which were non-productive due to the weather.

Features

Classification rules aim to advance deepwater MPD applications

Earl Dietrich, Weatherford; Robert Prince-Wright, Berkeley & Imperial LP; Harish N. Patel, Jay Bruton, ABS

The industry has developed new integration standards for classed mobile offshore drilling units that will help reduce the chance of incidents, promote global safety, and increase systems reliability.

A new approach to optimizing plug-and-perf completions

Duke VanLue, Downhole Technology

Using improved methods and the latest composite frac plug technology, operators can reduce running time, enhance reliability, and achieve efficient drill-outs without short trips.

Torque and drag system enables automated casing monitoring

Stephen Forrester, Andrew Creegan, National Oilwell Varco; Ricardo Borjas, Angel Perdomo, NOV; Jennings Caraway, Three Rivers Operating Company

As the industry works its way out of the downturn, the need for real-time data is readily apparent. Thus, technological innovation seeks to enable more intelligent drilling to increase operational efficiency and reduce well costs. The rise of automation, in particular, is motivating operational changes that have never been considered previously, including automated casing monitoring.

East Canada: Newfoundland’s private firms pursue new technologies, fulfill niche opportunities

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

As the global oil market recovers, and operators look to expand activity in Newfoundland’s deepwater tracts, local service/supply firms are working to develop niche technologies, while other companies take advantage of logistical opportunities.

Using CFD to optimize the orientation of an offshore platform

Gerard Reynolds, Andrew Staszak, Atkins

Proper orientation of a fixed offshore platform can increase operational efficiency and reduce the probability of HSE incidents. A technique designed to improve technical safety was applied to a platform near the Falkland Islands, resulting in a best design compromise between specified parameters.

ShaleTech: SCOOP/STACK

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

High-flying duo checks all the boxes

Regional Report: Eastern Mediterranean

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Eastern Mediterranean region strives to weather low oil price storm

Digital transformation essential for E&P industry to thrive in new economy

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Halliburton

Digital transformation for the upstream industry is a new paradigm for transforming the industry by use of digital oilfields, digitization, and digitalization within a company’s ecosystem. This phenomenon will have a profound impact on how the E&P industry evolves to meet future challenges and improve profitability.

Columns

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Arctic: The real deal

Executive viewpoint

Dr. Barbara Kutchko, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Soldiers to scientists

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Industry can learn lessons from brutal WWII battle

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Is a new World Order upon us?

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

Don’t mind the truth

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Project Gasbuggy

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

From tracking cash to kicks

News & Resources

World of oil & gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

Industry at a glance

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