January 2001 ///

Special Focus

Field examples of gas migration rates

How recent research challenges traditional concepts of gas influx migration. Five case histories include a directional well and a controlled blowout

How HTHP completions differ from the “norm"

High temperatures/ pressures add more severe conditions than “conventional" well equipment is designed for, but proven solutions are available

Intelligent well interface standardization (IWIS)

An industry panel is actively seeking additional participation in completing important standards to help promote and perfect this new technology

Well control during well intervention

Part 1 - To plan an effective well control program, important considerations should include the design of kill-weight fluids and pumping schedules

Well control operations on a multiwell platform blowout

Part 1 - Planning for relief well drilling, after platform surface intervention was rejected, to correct blowouts during well workover operations


Cautious optimism characterizes Gulf of Mexico activity

Healthy E&P activity will probably continue through 2001. Rig utilization is increasing, but analysts are concerned about GOM-shelf reserve declines

Natural Gas Exploration: Large gas-prospective areas indicated by bright spots

How combined vertical-incidence and wide-angle seismic plus ODP data helps emphasize gas-charged reservoirs in deepwater Southern Canary basin

The FPSO market: Available assistance from ABS

Part 1 - The American Bureau of Shipping introduces several important services it offers to guide prospective entrants to FPSO/FPS markets

Special Report

2001 Tubing Reference Tables

Updated information from 30 companies gives useful data for pipe sizes to 5-in. OD on premium connection dimensions, proprietary configurations, steel grades and minimum tension strengths


New equipment

New literature


Editorial Comment

Oil industry and World Oil each celebrate anniversaries in 2001


Another oil strike in Yemen; Norway to sell some of its oil interests

International Politics

Middle East politics still dictate oil prices, effects of recent violence

What's happening in drilling

Synthetic drilling fluid report; New DeepStar flow assurance initiative

What's happening in exploration

Direct hydrocarbon indicator being tested; MMS adopts new safety standards

What's happening in production

Soaring natural gas prices; Effect of NGL pricing on feedstock availability

What's happening offshore

Strong growth offshore West Africa; Activity is increasing in SE Asia

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Jan. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 1  Company News  Schlumberger and Baker Hughes have now closed their previously announced transaction creating the seismic joint v

Industry at a glance

Jan. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 1  Industry Stats  International Geophysical Activi

Looking ahead

Jan. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 1  Looking Ahead  E&P activity to begin in Timor Sea. The Australian government has expressed its desire to cooperate with Woodside and P

Oil country hot line

Jan. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 1  Hot Line  Iraqi oil exports halted, still no UN agreement Iraq has suspended its oil exports in what appears to be an attempt to

People in industry

Jan. 2001 Vol. 222 No. 1  People  Shell E&P named Jørn Berget as production VP reporting to Walter van de Vijver, president and CEO of