Issue: May 2009

Special Focus

Optimizing production in maximum reservoir contact wells

Intelligent completions coupled with an optical downhole monitoring system allow flow control of individual laterals.

Active control is a key factor in intelligent well completions

Maximize final recovery of reserves through an exploitation strategy based on maximum control, real-time monitoring and closed-loop capability.


Field redevelopment accomplished using advanced RSS

Rotary steerable and geosteering technologies enable rapid field redevelopment.

Remote monitoring and control assist plunger lift

The use of remote electronics to monitor a few key data points allows operators to maximize production and prevent damage to plunger lift wells.

What’s new in artificial lift

Part 2—More developments in sucker rod pumps, gas lift and an innovative cable pump.

LNG liquefaction and regasification takes to the seas—a $27 billion business

Recent years have seen the completion of some major high-profile floating LNG  regasification terminals, particularly in the US. Now, after more than a decade of discussion, floating LNG liquefaction is finally being contracted.

Oil market downturn and its effect on the exploration industry

But back orders and momentum are keeping businesses steady. Lessons learned from the last downturn mean that multi-client surveys must be highly funded.

Deepwater: A robust market in an uncertain climate

Despite the global economic crises, another run-up in oil prices due to fears of a global oil shortage will increase the economic viability of deepwater E&P.

Multiphase flowmeter and sampling system yield real-time wellsite results

A new well testing technology allows fluid collection for analysis, determination of fluid properties at line conditions and pinpointing of dry gas properties, all at the wellsite.

Laser scanning provides extra value in project design

Scanning an existing processing facility into a 3D virtual environment helps determine remedial pipe runs and create up-to-date drawings.

Deepwater GOM discoveries to increase

Deepwater Statistical Report

Drilling advances

Vol. 230 No.5   LES SKINNER, PE, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, LSKINNER@SBCGLOBAL.NET All eyes turn toward Brazil Last month, Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) announced that it was planning to search for new deepwater floaters to develop its massive

Editorial comment

Cold fusion may have been hot after all

Exploration discoveries

Exploration discoveries

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Bangladesh and Myanmar’s E&P row: Implications for the industry

What’s new in production

Hydrate production and CO2 injection: Two birds with one stone

Open up the US Outer Continental Shelf now!

Whether offshore Alaska or Florida, or off the East or West Coast, the timing, technology and need are aligned to make drilling in these areas a reality.

What’s new in exploration

Papua New Guinea emerging as a natural gas province
News & Resources

Companies in the news

May 2009

Industry at a glance

March global oil supply fell by 380,000 bpd to 83.04 million bpd, as OPEC members continued to fall in line with the group’s target output levels. OPEC’s output stands 720,000 bpd above a 24.9 million-bpd target agreed upon at the group’s March 15 meeting.

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New Products

People in industry

People in the Industry

World of Oil

Norway sets limit on offshore territory; Uganda, Congo increase cooperation agreements; US files civil suit against BP over Prudhoe Bay oil spills; Uruguay modifies offshore license terms


Industry At A Glance

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Geophysical Activity

International Offshore Rigs

International Rotary Rigs

Monthly U.S. Gas Prices & Trends

Selected World Oil

U.S. Geophysical Activity

U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs

Rotary Rigs Running in U.S.

U.S. Workover Rig Count

U.S. Workover Rigs

World Oil & NGL Production


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