Issue: July 2010
Energy experts gather to discuss global challenges and showcase the latest petroleum advances under the show theme “Energy for more people.”
Perceived ecological risk and the related political battles over access—not a lack of technology and operating know-how—will be the key challenges to accelerating the development of remote, high-cost Arctic oil and gas resources.
A favorable tax regime has helped operators in Norway weather the storm, and recent oil price stability seems to be ramping up UK activity as well.
Competent leadership and adherence to a realistic project execution plan using consistent communication with all project contributors will help ensure success.
The use of a new generation of double-shoulder drill pipe connection yielded savings from both improved connection time and reduced damage.
A Permian Basin operator used downhole temperature profiles to maximize the effectiveness of a well stimulation campaign.
The industry is expanding its view of this technology’s applications, with a shift toward incorporating expandables into the primary design of the well rather than just using them as contingency systems.
A comparative evaluation of matrix acid systems was conducted in a high-clay reservoir for Petrobras.
Controlling the effects of geochemical interactions between the shale and the fracturing fluids has helped shale gas operators preserve reservoir communication to the wellbore, reduce sour gas potential and tailor flowback water for reuse.
Stretching from the meandering Rio Grande, the Eagle Ford Shale play extends along a 50-mile corridor in South Texas for over 400 miles to the northeast.
Expanding an openhole liner to isolate a high-pressure shale zone preserved hole size and prevented a slimhole configuration in the production zone.
A perfect storm for the anti-drilling crowd
An open letter to Secretary Salazar
Unlocking the mystery of a 30-year-old well
Russia and the eurozone crisis: Problems and opportunities
The age of migration
No ‘rewind,’ no ‘fast forward,’ just slow-motion pain
Companies in the news
Crude oil prices tumbled $18/bbl in the first three weeks of May before partially recovering by the month’s end. By early June, benchmark crudes were trading in a lower range of about $72–73/bbl.
Meetings and Events
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) awarded George P. Mitchell, former Chairman of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp., a Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering drilling and completion technologies that created the shale gas revolution.