Current Issue: July 2015 ///

Special Focus

Retooling for the upturn

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

With rig contract cancellations, fleet retirements, and large-scale cost-cutting slicing through the offshore drilling market, new technology assumes an even more important role in safety, efficiency, capability and—ultimately—marketability. As utilization drops, advantage is often found in innovation—if not now, then certainly in the upturn that will arrive eventually.

Features

Limit water cut and gas breakthrough with autonomous inflow control

Benn Voll, Ismarullizam Mohd. Ismail, Iko Oguche, Tendeka

Autonomous ICDs are self-regulating and classed as being active. Unlike its passive counterpart, which produces greater choking for higher-density fluids, an AICD chokes water and gas more readily. This prevents the well from being flooded when unwanted fluids break through. This article describes the capabilities of the AICD and presents a workflow to design a field-specific AICD.

Managing simultaneous operations during seismic acquisition in offshore fields

Stuart Darling, Gary Pemberton, ION Geophysical; Laura Strater, Cognitive Engineering Technology

A new collaborative SIMOPS management system promises to optimize the planning and execution of seismic and other critical operations, even under rapidly changing offshore conditions.

G&G integration enhances acquisition of multi-client studies offshore Gabon

Gregor Duval, Jo Firth, CGG

Integrated geoscience project to shine light on Gabon South basin.

Regional report: Northwest Africa

Laura White, Todd Jensen, Wood Mackenzie

The northwest frontier region has seen a boost in exploration efforts, rewarded by some key discoveries that define the region as an up-and-coming E&P province.

ShaleTech: China, Australia shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

High hopes, but results slim so far

Beware of calls for a national “energy policy”

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

In the beginning, there was the Windfall Profit Tax, and government’s ability to craft similar, ill-advised energy policy instruments has not abated to this day.

Columns

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Adversaries on attack

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Election rhetoric blossoming

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Has Continental Drift moved you?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Keeping efficiency in the game

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

A trick up their sleeves

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Disputed waters raise hopes, create conflict

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji, Contributing Editor

Nuclear deal with Iran impacts U.S. producers negatively

Executive viewpoint

Dan Jackson, io oil and gas consulting

Offshore project cost-savings of 30% to 40% are possible

Innovative thinkers

Emily Snyder, Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Don Conkle: Proppant innovation at motocross speed

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Widely disparate ideologies pose continual threat to industry

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

Emily Snyder, World Oil

People in the industry

New products and services

Emily Snyder, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Emily Snyder, World Oil

Companies in the news