August 2004 ///

Special Focus

Strong activity levels continue

High prices and strong gas demand are pushing drilling totals to record levels in Canada and Mexico, while straining capacity in the US.


Accurate gas content analysis improves coalbed gas resource estimation

Resource calculations for lost gas are improved through careful acquisition, handling and analysis of coal samples in the field and in the laboratory.

Improved outlook for North American mobile offshore rig market

After a lackluster first half, the US Gulf of Mexico will improve moderately, as will Mexico, but Canada is likely to see a decline in second-half 2004.

New technology cured severe mud losses in challenging HPHT wells

A downhole well control situation, in a severe mud loss zone in the Mediterranean Sea, was solved by enhancing wellbore pressure containment.

Petroleum Technology Digest: Automated casing swab pump increases marginal gas well production

Stripper gas well operators are achieving production revenue increases by using a new de-watering pump technology.

Rig tracking service analyzes land drilling dynamics

Getting a handle on rig market dynamics requires looking at the qualitative nature of activity - business cycles, ownership and counting methods.

Sand control succeeds in high-rate, big-bore gas wells

Use of expandable sand screens in horizontal holes offshore Australia prevented sand production, and generated high output of gas and condensate.

Through-tubing hostile-environment acoustic logging tool for cased holes

A new, slim, wireline sonic tool has proved its merit in hostile environments.

Unconventional gas resources fill the gap in future supplies

Theoretically, North America has enough gas resources for the future, but this requires harnessing low-permeability, low-flowrate, unconventional deposits.


Drilling advances

Aging workforce problems; IMCA safety analyses

Editorial Comment

Wailing over disturbance of whales

International Politics

Shale oil is coming back into the picture

What's new in production

Shale oil is coming back into the picture

What's new in exploration

MMS offers wealth of data

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 225 No. 8  Warrior Technologies, a provider of specialized software solutions for the oil and gas industry, has teamed up with Mindshare Techn

Industry at a glance

Vol. 225 No. 8   The introduction of additional OPEC oil supplies on the world market is reflected in the lat

New products

Vol. 225 No. 8  Clean out wellbore debris The BJ Services Well Cleaning System removes thin, low-permeable filter cake consisti

People in industry

Vol. 225 No. 8  The Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA) announced the election of new officers for the 2004 – 2005 term. Craig Ket

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