Current Issue: April 2015 ///

Special Focus

Advances in powered rotary steerable systems result in record-breaking runs

Jim Tilley, Hernando Jerez, Halliburton

A new, powered, rotary steerable system has delivered superior perfor-mance in challenging, medium and hard formations. When applied to the proper drilling environment, TMT-powered RSS improves ROP and reduces nonproductive time.

Features

OTC 2015 pushes leading innovation in a cost-conscious environment

Steven McGinn, World Oil

Now in its 47th, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be held at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) in Houston, Texas, on May 4-7, 2015. Building on a record-breaking year in 2014, OTC 2015 will again bring together the world’s foremost technical experts and industry-specific exhibiting companies.

Dual multi-purpose tower engineered to cut ultra-deepwater well delivery costs

Dieter Wijning, Huisman

A number of drilling-the-well-on-paper (DWOP) exercises show increased tripping speeds, reduced fuel consumption by virtue of an integrated ship design, and the built-in efficiencies of the new DMPT, reducing ultra-deepwater well construction time and costs from 20% to 25% per well.

Non-toxic paraffin remover returns flow to long-plugged GOM pipeline

Kevin Ayers, Charlie Talley, Ideal Energy Solutions, LLC

Conceived from chemistries in other industries, a non-toxic paraffin removal agent has shown that it can restore flow to severely plugged pipelines.

Asphaltene stability analysis facilitates deepwater treatment optimization

David Jennings, Robert Cable, Michael Newberry, Baker Hughes

A new asphaltene stability analysis method, using an analytical centrifuge coupled with a destabilizing procedure, moves test conditions closer to field conditions and could help deepwater operators save millions of dollars.

Norway’s subsea sector remains resolute in its mission

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Given the low-price environment, the days of depending on high-cost, tailor-made subsea solutions on the NCS may be coming to an end. Instead, companies are looking at ways to configure subsea systems that are cost-effective, meaning simpler yet smarter.

Regional report: Gulf of Mexico

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Future deepwater GOM projects are less vulnerable to low oil prices. Even as the price of oil teeters around $50, the Gulf of Mexico is poised on the brink of a production boom. Repercussions of the price collapse in this offshore market depend less on how low prices go, than how long they stay there.

ShaleTech: Permian Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Multi-zone play grabs lion’s share of deflated budgets

What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation—Part 2

Stephen Prensky, Consultant, Silver Spring, Maryland

PART 2: In this second of two installments, the latest developments in reservoir monitoring, coring and laboratory analysis are assessed. Developments in borehole reservoir monitoring include borehole-to-surface electromagnetic surveys, and permanent and wireline fiber-optic sensing. Advances in coring and core evaluation include sidewall “pressure” coring. Developments in laboratory analysis include advances in digital rock physics, and the use of cuttings for petrophysical evaluation.

New technology breathes life into mature basins

Vetle Vinje, Andrew Wright, Jo Firth, CGG; Jan-Erik Lie, Vidar Danielsen, Lundin Norway

Successful 3D seismic work, clarifying the geology of the South Utsira High area of the Norwegian North Sea, and delineating the Johan Sverdrup reservoir, shows how new technology can generate finds in mature basins.

Looking for hydrocarbons offshore western and southern Greece

Mari M. Schjeldsøe Berg, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)

Exploration in western and southern Greece is moving offshore, and the Second Offshore Licensing Round was opened in second-half 2014. Seismic data will improve, as will understanding of this complex region.

Spill response JIP anticipates offshore Arctic development

Joseph Mullin, Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology—Joint Industry Program, IOGP

Oil response technologies in the Arctic are the focus of a research program, led by nine major oil and gas companies. Their goal is to advance a range of oil spill response technologies and methodologies in support of exploration and development activity in the region.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Price vs. value of crude oil and designer handbags

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Gulf of Mexico projections mixed

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Exploration is who you are, not what you do

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Austin Chalk trial by fire, redux

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Shell Oil offshore—When 10 feet was “deep”

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Deepwater Horizon, five years later

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng, Contributing Editor

Norwegian dilemmas

Executive viewpoint

Mick Lambert, Wireless Seismic, Inc.

Seismic sector is still a reliable E&P market indicator

Innovative thinkers

Steven McGinn, World Oil

John Quirein, PhD: From outer space to deep rock

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Industry’s innovations belie low prices, public perceptions

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Industry at a glance

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

Port Fourchon

Port continues moving forward despite low oil prices

Chett Chiasson, Port Fourchon

A message from the executive director

Port Fourchon looks to future, despite oil price slide

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

While the free-fall in oil prices has tempered the unbridled bullishness that generally characterized the deepwater Gulf of Mexico over the past couple of years, oversized support vessels continue to sail from Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, and heavy-duty trucks are still rumbling over its ever-expanding arteries.

Veteran port commissioners reflect on history of phenomenal growth

Louisiana established the Greater Lafourche Port Commission in 1960, but it was not until 1971 that the first publicly elected Board of Commissioners took office, eventually hiring its first director, Ted Falgout, seven years later.

Industry steps up to move LA-1 project forward

Thanks to a $6.6-million industry match, construction should begin, by early 2016, on a critical cog in the long-running effort to complete the elevated replacement for the antiquated—and often-impassable—Louisiana Highway 1 (LA-1) corridor.

Newbuild intervention vessel sails with dual-message

As the newly commissioned Shelia Bordelon ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) plies the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, she also will be carrying a message that hits close to home for her creator.

Automatic tank cleaning system helping to weather price slide

Since offshore rig tanks must be cleaned after every displacement to avoid any fluid cross-contamination, RCS Tank Cleaning Solutions has a birds-eye view of the level of drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico. What it sees—especially in the near-term—is not all that encouraging.

America’s first LNG-fueled OSV goes to work in Gulf of Mexico

The first U.S.-flagged, dual-fuel support vessel is now on the job in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

School aims to keep steady flow of welding talent

With qualified welders among the most sought-after trade persons, officials of a Houma, La., training facility say they intend to keep the pipeline of talent flowing.

K&B Industries sets up shop at new headquarters

Precision machining firm and premium, threader K&B Industries of Houma, La., has settled completely in at its new headquarters and 200,000-ft2 manufacturing facility, on a 35-acre site in nearby Schriever, off LA 311 and U.S. Highway 90.

Technology at OTC

OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards: Innovations focus on reliability

In subsea technology, the operative word is reliability. A common theme in this year’s OTC Spotlight on New Technology winners is dependable operation under harsh subsea conditions.

Select optimum configuration for an offshore MEG recovery unit

Jérémie Esquier, Prosernat

A newly discovered field, 50 km offshore, will be developed over the next five years, with production expected to come online in 2019.

New Cameron systems address subsea and horizontal well challenges

A subsea control system’s point of distribution (POD) is the component by which blowout preventers and other parts of the subsea stack are operated, often at water depths of 12,000 ft.

Introducing riserless light well intervention stack, systems to monitor subsea production

At OTC 2015, FMC Technologies will showcase its latest light well intervention stack and both hardware and software systems to help operators monitor their field operations in real time and ensure the integrity of subsea production systems.

New subsea wet-gas meter provides accurate production measurement in gas and gas/condensate fields

Some of the world’s most challenging environments for oil and gas production measurement today are in offshore gas and gas/condensate fields.

First ultra-deepwater integrated completion system

As operators began to set their sights on the huge reserves in the Gulf of Mexico’s Lower Tertiary and other ultra-deepwater plays, the disparity between today’s “conventional” deepwater completions technology and what is needed for tomorrow’s wells became increasingly pronounced.

World’s first true subsea wet-gas compressor eliminates pre-processing for wellstream fluids

OneSubsea has introduced the world’s first true subsea multiphase compressor, which can handle unprocessed wellstream fluids, without the need for pre-processing.

Vacuum-based filtration is a viable alternative to shale shakers

The first line of defense in replenishing drilling fluids and separating rock particles during drilling operations is the solids control system. Foremost among such systems are shale shakers, where, through G-force vibrations, solids are filtered out for overboard discharge or treatment.

High-pressure water jet offers superior alternative to methanol for cleaning subsea hydrates

One of the challenges for the offshore oil and gas industry is the removal of potentially damaging gas hydrates from the exteriors of subsea infrastructure.

Robots provide step-change improvements for offshore inspections

Unmanned aerial drones and waterproof crawler robots are changing the way that rig, platform and vessel owners perform inspections.

LPG transport trailer

Dragon Products, Ltd, has introduced a 10,600-gal liquified petroleum gas (LPG) transport trailer for use in shale plays.