Issue: August 2009
While drilling activity has been uneven, the region is seeing record numbers of license awards and corporate deals.
North American drilling: We wuz wrong (sort of)
After both the best and worst times in a generation, evidence of a modest recovery heartens the US land drilling industry; but gas production issues in a soft-demand market appear to be systemic.
Even the most optimistic of observers can find little hope for a reprieve in the jackup market near-term. However, other segments of the North American offshore rig market are faring better.
Sand production has plagued producers for decades. And for decades many have been satisfied to treat the symptoms instead of seeking the cure. A sand solution exists, if we only look for it.
Vol. 230 No. 8 PRODUCED WATER REPORT Pilot-scale membrane bioreactor treats produced water Located at the Sangachal Terminal in Azerbaijan, the plant removed over 97% of chemical oxygen demand and over 99% of several organic contaminants. Arnold Zilverenta
Direct-current and microwave heating, along with traditional steamflooding and SAGD, are being considered to meet these reservoirs’ great challenge: economically lowering the viscosity of heavy-end hydrocarbons.
As other regions ramp up their CBM activity, the North American sector faces tough times.
Keep it safe! And other stories
It works well on paper and in testing—Revolutionary energy projects require a completely different kind of management
North American Outlook: Storm clouds on the horizon
Lessons from the Barnett Shale imply caution in other shale plays
A nuclear option for greener oil sands?
June global oil supply rose by 80,000 bpd to 83.83 million bpd. OPEC crude oil production increased again in June by 70,000 bpd to 33.73 million bpd.
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