November 2011 ///

Special Focus

Reverse PCP design and automated control system restore production to sanded-up well

The combined technologies have extended pump life by maintaining a safe fluid level in the well, while allowing increased production rates.

Simultaneous hydrate and paraffin treatment at a subsea Gulf of Mexico development

Root-cause failure analysis on the problematic tiebacks and experimental testing of chemicals resulted in an effective flow assurance program.


Analyzing the petrophysics of carbonates drilled with oil-based mud

Well-established methodology exists to evaluate carbonate lithology, porosity, pore types, permeability and saturation in wells drilled with water-based fluids.

Web Exclusive: Development of oil sands in Alberta and beyond

Technical, economic and environmental issues have meant that much of the world’s oil sands reserves have stayed in the ground.

Merged 3D surveys offshore West Africa identify new petroleum potential

The west coast of Sub-Saharan Africa has been an area of focus for hydrocarbon exploration since the 1950s.

North American rig fleet shrinks as activity climbs

Even as demand for both land and offshore rigs climbs, the number of newly built and rebuilt units could not keep up with those being retired. This trend, along with stable oil prices, could send the utilization rate over 70% next year.

Regional Report: West Africa

On the heels of giant Nigerian and Angolan field developments and first oil in Ghana’s deep water, frontier exploration commences in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Deepwater: Topsides overcome weight and cost

The first step that operators must take when designing the topsides that will go on a floating production unit (FPU) is to establish its functional requirements, such as process, export, drilling and power abilities.


Drilling advances

On Cuba drilling plans, US takes NIMBYism to a whole new level

Editorial comment

It’s a jungle out there

Energy Issues

Gas everywhere

Innovative thinkers

David Hall:
One diamond, 500 patents (and a hovercraft in between)

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Keystone follies

What’s new in exploration

Non-radiogenic neutron generation for downhole logging

What's new in production

Canada’s abundant oil sands: More syncrude without troubling the waters

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

New products

New products and services

People in industry

People in industry

World of Oil and Gas

Anadarko increases resource potential offshore Mozambique to 10 Tcf

Industry At A Glance

International Offshore Rigs

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

US Gas Prices ($/MCF) & Production (BCFD)

Monthly US Gas Prices and Trends ($/Mcf)

International Geophysical Activity

International Geophysical Activity

U.S. Geophysical Activity

U.S. Geophysical Activity

Selected World Oil Prices

Selected World Oil Prices Graph

U.S. Oil Production

U.S. Oil Production

U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

Rotary Rigs Running in US

Rotary Rigs Running in US

Workover Rig Count

Workover Rig Count

World Oil and NGL Production

World Oil and NGL Production Table


Successful qualification and deployment of a High-Pressure

A High-Pressure Drill Pipe Riser product for Intervention Systems (DPRIS ), designed and qualified for the Usan Project in Nigeria, was manufactured in 2009, extensively tested and qualified prior to delivery the same year.