April 2008 ///

Special Focus

Azimuthal, deep-reading LWD tool optimizes geosteering in North Sea well

The new tool helped StatoilHydro place a long horizontal section in a thin reservoir.

Casing while drilling results in safer drilling, larger wellbores in Lake Maracaibo

Three days and more than $96,000 were saved when drilling the surface section.

Extreme drilling pushes RSS application to a new Alaskan limit

The new tool helped StatoilHydro place a long horizontal section in a thin reservoir.

Oilwell testing in a GOM long-distance subsea tieback

Combining several operations limits production losses at King and King West Fields.

Real-time rig-activity detection helps identify and minimize invisible lost time

Automatic rig-activity detection yields cost and time savings on both deepwater and land wells.


A new, game-changing process converts gas to liquids or to ethylene

The new process avoids the expensive syngas step in Fischer-Tropsch conversion.

Advanced depth processing of ocean bottom station data

Application of OBS tools to node data in a workflow enhances interpretation.

Cultural challenges in oil and gas industry management

Managing emotions in intercultural environments boosts production.

Downhole sensors optimize gas lift

Downhole gauge and reverse gas lift valves solve a major problem.

Evolutionary algorithms deliver promising results to gas lift optimization problems

A 243 bopd increase is seen in computer simulation.

Low-power capacitive deionization method shows promise for treating coalbed methane produced water

Small-footprint technology is shown to be effective.

OTC 2008 will focus on changes in technology and the workforce

Deepwater drilling, LNG designs featured.

Paleobiology as a driver in exploration activities

Paleo-ecological information and biostratigraphic data may lead to new play prospects.

Seep-hunting in deepwater for prospectivity assessment

Multibeam echosounders and seismic data detect seeps, enhancing exploration.

Shuttle tankers vs. pipelines in the GOM frontier

FPSO developments could create a shuttle tanker service market.

Simulation models provide asset-wide production optimization

Models enhance production at existing operations.

Super-insulating packer fluid minimizes flow assurance concerns

Testing an insulating packer fluid to retain production-tubing heat after shut-in.

The Convention on the Law of the Sea: Why the critics are wrong

To date, 155 countries and the European Community have joined in the Convention. The United States has signed the treaty, but the Senate has not ratified it.

Using 4C seismic data to improve prospect appraisal: A case study from offshore Trinidad

Problems with gas occlusion, fault shadows and shear wave splitting were overcome.

What's new in artificial lift

Part 1—Sucker rod pumping, progressing cavity pumping and gas lift.

Special Report

Aquaterra installs its first Sea Swift platform

The conductor-supported platform improves developments and can be installed by standard jackup rigs, eliminating the need for more costly installation vessels.

Chocking technology facilitates underwater repair program on North Sea platform

The subsea method has the ability protects effectively against conductor damage.

Downhole tool, designed to deploy sand screens in ERD wells, saves Opex, reduces risk and improves operational efficiency

Single-tool technology bypasses the use of drill collars while increasing available surface weight.

Fast-track delivery of pipeline section

Under an extremely tight deadline, High-Frequency Induction (HFI) steel linepipe provided a high-quality, cost-effective replacement for a corroded pipeline section in the North Sea for Apache.

Italy: Italian operators' environmental successes at home make them highly sought abroad

Interview, Sergio Polito, senior vice president of procurement at Eni S.p.A.

Metal PCP field trial increases pumping window

In Canada, Joslyn Field hot heavy-oil production improves with long-lasting pump technology.

Netherlands: Dutch research partnership working to deliver faster recovery, cost reductions

Interview, Jan H. Brouwer, program director of ISAPP, TNO

Norway: StatoilHydro aims to boost production on Norwegian shelf and increase competitiveness internationally, company exec says

Interview, Tore Torvund, executive vice president for E&P at StatoilHydro

Remedial Offshore builds new vessel type

Hybid combines the best of liftboats, jackups and liftbarges.

Toward compact separation of crude oil

Electrostatic coalescers in oil/water separators improve heavy oil testing methods.

UK: Energy chief says reorganized agency is a 'voice for business'

Interview, Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State for Energy, BERR

Using cone penetration tests to differentiate between gas hydrates and carbonate concretions in the Niger Delta

Seismic data alone shows high P-wave values for gas hydrates and concretions, creating a need for other tests to characterize anomalies in the ocean floor.

Using wet gas meters on the Independence Hub to optimize production

Roxar combines continuous, accurate measurement, saltwater detection and materials resilient in deep water to provide flow assurance and optimize production for Anadarko.

Well optimization through downhole water control

Wireline tractor tools offer increased capabilities beyond conventional intervention methods.


Drilling advances

New technology

Editorial comment

The problem with nature

Exploration discoveries


What's new in exploration

Winners curse: The end of exploration for ExxonMobil?

What's new in production

Jetting takes a new turn

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Acquisitions, mergers, ventures and other company news

Industry at a glance

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Meetings and Events

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New products

New product and service offerings from company press releases.

People in industry

Personnel changes and promotions in the petroleum industry.

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