November 2017 ///

Special Focus

Intelligent artificial lift systems improve digital oilfield operations

Srikanth Mashetty, Rockwell Automation

As oil prices remain ‘lower for longer,’ intelligent systems help optimize production.

Hydraulically powered beam gas compressor fulfills multiple roles

Charles (Charlie) McCoy, Mark Lancaster, Permian Production Equipment, Inc.

With a simple hydraulic power unit, and absent a pumping unit, the simplicity of the Beam Gas Compressor can be used to compress casinghead gas, boost gas in the field to the sales line or compressor stations, and function as the basis for vapor recovery units.

FPSO lifecycle modeling adds benefits to development offshore West Africa

Leonardo Carpio, Sergio Juan, José María Nougués, Inprocess; Kari Berte Bye, Yinson Production

In a recent FPSO development project offshore West Africa, a lifecycle modeling approach project, ending in a direct-connect Operator Training System with Aspen HYSYS Dynamics, was used for process design and control narrative validation, procedure verification, ICSS check-out, control room operator training and support for FPSO start-up operations.

Features

Unlocking stranded assets with the iEPCI Satellite concept

Håkon T. Olsen, TechnipFMC

The need to develop marginal fields and stranded assets in a low commodity price market has led to creation of the integrated EPCI execution model for smaller tie-back developments.

Engineered workflow delivers strategy to fish nearly 10,000 ft of CT offshore Mexico

Andres Merchan, Petróleos Mexicanos; Carlos Deolarte, Mauricio Sosa, PICO Energy; Ernesto Franco, Awad William, Gabriel Ponce, Jose Cervantes, Schlumberger

In an unplanned operation, valuable lessons were learned about how effective integration of conventional tools could enable the successful execution of a complex fishing operation with significant equipment restrictions.

Best water management practices in the Permian basin

Barry Donaldson, TETRA Technologies

Water management in unconventional resource plays has become a critical topic over the last several years. To improve project economics, several best practices have begun to emerge.

Flaring alternative acts as portable produced-water management tool

Mark Patton, Hydrozonix

A new design addresses two of the most common concerns in unconventional plays.

Regional Report: India

Emily Querubin, World Oil

India’s growing population, urbanization countering efforts to reduce dependency on imports

Extending coiled tubing reach capabilities in lateral wells

Irma Galvan, Global Tubing

Coiled tubing manufacturing technology has revolutionized CT string design optimization.

Advanced MWD improves wellbore positioning in Wolfcamp formation

Chris Viens, Steve Krase, Nabors Drilling Solutions

Operators working in U.S. land plays have recognized that precise borehole placement within an unconventional reservoir is critical to improve production and ultimate recovery. Producers now realize that the quality of the rock where the well is completed has a significant impact on production, and that simply applying large amounts of hydraulic frac energy is not sufficient to maximize ROI.

2017 World Oil Awards

More than 300 of the upstream oil and gas industry’s brightest minds gathered to find out, and celebrate, the winners of the 2017 World Oil Awards on Oct. 12.

Columns

First Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

A plea for common sense from Newfoundland’s offshore sector

Energy Issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Fickle fracturing

Executive Viewpoint

Rolando B. Pablos, Texas Secretary of State

The Texas-Mexico Energy Nexus

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

We will not run out any time soon; too bad for exploration.

What's New in Production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Whither optimization?

Oil & Gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

Big E&P projects advance in Vietnam and Indonesia; Chinese intimidation continues

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Will life get better for offshore drilling contractors?

The Last Barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

One man’s bust is another man’s boom

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Planning for failure

News & Resources

World of Oil & Gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Shell has reported the divestiture of a parcel of UK North Sea assets to Chrysaor.

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Brent crude futures (Dec) traded at their highest level in two years ($59.30/bbl) after officials from Russia and Saudi Arabia signaled that their respective countries were willing to prolong production cuts beyond March 2018.

People in the Industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Maersk Oil has made several key appointments, in relation to its future business under Total.

Companies in the News

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Weatherford International has secured a contract for plug and abandonment (P&A) services by Repsol Norge AS.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

Weatherford International plc has announced the commercial release of the PressurePro control system, a fully integrated rotating control device (RCD) and choke system for wellbore pressure management on land.