March 1999 ///

Special Focus

What's new in artificial lift

Part 1-Nineteen innovations for beam, progressing cavity, and hydraulic pumping, plus gas/ plunger lift and related technologies are introduced


Advances in MWD and formation evaluation for 1999

Important advances in four categories of formation evaluation cover technology transfer methods, wireline, MWD, and coring and analysis

Developing industry standards for underbalanced drilling systems

Published standards for key drilling equipment do not always apply to underbalanced operations. Industry needs this protection to advance

Drilling optimization: If it ain't broke, fix it!

Part 1-Emphasizing the philosophy that the best way to learn to drill a well right is to accelerate the learning from offset-well experience

IUBO Forum joins IADC as Underbalanced Operations Committee

Interview with IADC Committee chair discusses the organization's charter, industry need and interest, and its future goals/ plans

Microseismic survey of a North Sea reservoir

Emerging seismic technology senses/ analyzes microearthquakes generated by production operations to help delineate reservoir structures

Sub-salt imagery and structure recognition using Pre-SDM

In the Southern UK North Sea, Lasmo used two different pre-stack depth migration technologies to define commercial value of a sub-salt prospect

Special Report

Cementing products and additives

Fifteen pages of tables list available cement additives from seven service companies, their functions and trade names. Products are grouped into 15 functional categories, including basic cements and additives


New equipment

New literature


Editorial Comment

Some proposed ideas for helping producers, short of higher oil prices


Canadian vendors strive to stay competitive in today's depressed industry

Oil and gas in Washington

Despite impeachment distractions, Congress "stumbles" on with its business

What's happening in drilling

Retractable bit technology from Russia; Casing drilling technology update

What's happening in exploration

Advances in detecting hydrocarbon seeps, including sniffers and tubeworms

What's happening in production

Time to buy SPR crude; Portable flurometer for testing discharge water

What's happening offshore

UK North Sea opens 200th field; Drilling contractor economic dilemmas

News & Resources

Companies in the news

March 1999 Vol. 220 No. 3  Company News  Pease Oil and Gas Co. sold its remaining 39 interests in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming to focus on the Gulf Coast. Santa Fe and Snyder Oil Corp. in

Industry at a glance

March 1999 Vol. 220 No. 3  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Activity Tabl

Looking ahead

March 1999 Vol. 220 No. 3  Looking Ahead  Clinton administration seeks increased 2000 energy budget. The Clinton administration proposed a $15.76-billion budget for the U.S. Department of Ene

Oil country hot line

March 1999 Vol. 220 No. 3  Hot Line  Texas Senate passes tax exemption bill The first bill passed by the Senate during the 1999 legislative session was SB290. It offers a temporary exemption fr

People in industry

March 1999 Vol. 220 No. 3  People  Texas Railroad Commissioner Tony Garza was named chairman of the Railroad Commission. Garza pledged to work with his fellow commissioners to address the current