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Recommended practices related to safety and environmental protection become mandatory for OCS operators on Nov. 15. Effectively tracking key performance indicators and maintaining data can go a long way to meet the new requirements.
Using data acquired from two Shell-operated fields in disparate regions, the software demonstrated the ability to identify drilling problems hours in advance by analyzing a library of past well data.
A collaborative effort between the operator and the vendor helped ensure a smooth introduction of downhole broadband in a horizontal drilling program.
Named 2011 Petroleum Executive of the Year by the Energy Intelligence information service, JOSÉ SERGIO GABRIELLI took office as Petrobras CEO in 2005.
The new water treatment system reduced total hydrocarbons and dissolved solids while increasing biomass in the post-treatment storage ponds.
Given the impact of the Macondo disaster on the offshore oil and gas industry, a special emphasis is being placed at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference on the industry response and operational changes following the spill last year.
In lab tests, chemical systems formulated for three commonly waterflooded formations all recovered more than 70% of residual oil from cores.
Simultaneous creation of multiple fractures through separate perforation clusters has long been a cost-effective method for stimulating vertical and horizontal wells.
At extremely high temperatures, mixed scales were forming on the heat exchange surfaces of a heavy oil processing facility.
Despite gas prices circling around $4/Mcf and intense environmental scrutiny, Marcellus shale activity continued to grow rapidly last year, with a near doubling in the number of wells drilled and high permitting rates indicating a further activity surge to come.
Classic platform and rig designs continue to evolve for specific applications, as radical new concepts arise to tap alternative resources.
The Gulf of Mexico has been labeled “the Dead Sea” several times in its recent life.
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Root cause of fracphobia easy to pin down
A new, contemporary look for an industry pioneer
Guilherme Estrella: A presalt pioneer
Despite falling domestic output, Europe’s low-carbon ambitions depend on gas
Pemex opens exploration to private sector
It’s final. It’s mandatory. Get moving.
BOEMRE approves more deepwater Gulf projects
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US oil production rose by 186,000 bpd between January and February, led by a 164,000-bpd increase in Alaska.
Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is an independent certification organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of persons and property in various industries.
From its origins in the harsh North Sea, the Scottish petroleum industry has survived and prospered by evolving.
The possibility of abundant natural gas from Polish shale formations has attracted the interest of operators from around the globe.
Technology from Europe: Fire safety retrofit using flexible-pipe deluge system avoids production downtime
The fire deluge system is critical for ensuring safety onboard any offshore production facility.
Technology from Europe: Anti-stall tool reduces destructive vibrations in simultaneous drilling, under-reaming operation
The combination of under-reamer technology with rotary steerable systems allows simultaneous drilling and under-reaming but also adds a significant challenge in terms of predicting bottomhole assembly stability.
Technology from Europe: Software integration standard reduces commissioning delays, operational downtime
Offshore rigs and drillships are increasingly dependent on complex controls and automation.
A recent run of an all-metal progressing cavity pump (PCP) in a SAGD application for Shell demonstrated the pump’s wide operating range in terms of production volume, pressure, temperature and viscosity.
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