Advances with autonomous nodes and OBC systems are adding to the choices that operators have for acquiring multicomponent data.
Broadband is essential for improved resolution, but old habits may prevent operators from taking advantage of new technology and methods that can overcome limits previously viewed as fundamental.
Statoil’s idea overcomes the source deviation problem with 4D.
Add in political nervousness plus the ensuing high prices, and the result is near-peak drilling activity. This is reflected in our annual compilation of global drilling, production and reserves data.
Ultradeep Shelf estimates compare favorably with other world plays.
An instrumented overpressure protection system offers significant cost savings.
Field tests and lab work indicate mud losses in highly depleted sands can be reduced with a new formation sealing product.
Use an interdisciplinary approach to control scale.
Annual comprehensive listing of major manufacturers’ commercial bits. Divided into six formation types, from soft/sticky to extremely hard; tables show name, IADC code, size and performance of each firm’s offerings
Oilfield jargon: The lingo used by drillers
Nuclear energy: Some new, clear improvements bode well for the future.
Norway at $65: The effects of high oil prices
New processes devised for handling heavy oil; No-perf wells
Hyper-sensitive acoustic sensors; New geo-dating technique; SAFOD drills the San Andreas