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U.S. to dominate oil markets after biggest boom in world history

The U.S. will be a dominant force in global oil and gas markets for many years to come as the shale boom becomes the biggest supply surge in history, the International Energy Agency predicted.

Buying Texas oil at New Mexico prices: Majors go west for shale

The state, which covers a smaller part of the oil-soaked shale formation, is the fourth-largest U.S. producer and luring industry giants including ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., EOG Resources Inc. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. Their investments -- while small compared with Texas -- are increasing as activity in the rest of the Permian starts to slow down.

GE-Baker Hughes romance may be ending after four-month run

Little more than four months after General Electric Co. married its oil and natural gas unit to Baker Hughes’s technical services business, GE’s eyes are wandering.

Halliburton launches new high-speed telemetry service

Sperry Drilling, a Halliburton business, has announced the release of JetPulse high-speed telemetry service, which provides consistent, high-data rate transmission of drilling and formation evaluation measurements.

Central Park's got nothing on Exxon's super-long shale oil wells

ExxonMobil Corp. is drilling shale wells that stretch farther than the length of New York’s Central Park.

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.

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Planning for failure

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Will life get better for offshore drilling contractors?

Multi-well pad solution for oil and gas producers boosts real-time data

Drilling advancements, including horizontal drilling techniques, have transformed oil and gas operations from simplistic single-well pad fields to more complex multi-well pads. In turn, operators and equipment builders can modify their control systems approach to optimize these changing applications.

Noble Energy signs agreement to divest 30,200 'non-core' acres in DJ basin

Noble Energy, Inc. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with SRC Energy Inc. to divest approximately 30,200 net acres from the company's non-core DJ basin position in Weld County, Colo. .

Joint-industry collaboration to boost drone, digital twin technologies in offshore sector

Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop disruptive applications in additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies that could revolutionize solutions for Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector and boost its global competitiveness.

BP's Dudley inaugurates Oman's Khazzan field

The first phase of development of Oman’s giant Khazzan gas field was officially inaugurated by BP CEO Bob Dudley and Sayyid Haitham bin Tarik Al’Said, minister of heritage and culture for Oman.

Conoco's $1-billion boost signals staying power of U.S. oil

ConocoPhillips has sent a clear signal to global energy markets: For all the recent talk of caution among U.S. drillers, the industry is still in growth mode.

As oil booms, biggest importer signals demand will boom too

Oil investors discouraged by Wednesday’s data showing a retreat in Chinese crude imports can find cheer in another figure released in the world’s top buyer on the same day.

Abrado expands into Africa with opening of new partner operations base

Abrado Wellbore Services, a multi-string section milling and wellbore clean-out specialist company, has secured its first projects in the West Africa region.

Eland Oil & Gas provides operational update regarding Nigeria's Opuama field

Eland Oil & Gas PLC, an oil & gas production and development company operating in West Africa with an initial focus on Nigeria, has announced that its joint-venture subsidiary Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd (Elcrest), has successfully handed over the Opuama-7 well to the Opuama field production team and the well is currently flow testing into the production facilities and on to export.

Africa Oil concludes 2017 exploration, appraisal campaign in Kenya

The 2017 exploration and appraisal drilling campaign concluded following the drilling of the Amosing-7 appraisal well. The PR Marriott Rig-46 has been demobilized. Two discoveries were made during the campaign.

EIA: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reaches new high

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production reached a new high of 15 Bcfd in October 2017, an increase of 25% from year-ago levels and an increase of 80% from January 2013.

Gas driller Wilbur Ross once tried to save exploring bankruptcy

Exco Resources Inc., the natural gas driller that investor Wilbur L. Ross tried to help rescue before he became U.S. commerce secretary, is considering bankruptcy.

Simmons Edeco opens first operations base in Denmark

Simmons Edeco, supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that it has opened its first base of operations in Denmark.