June 2013 ///

Special Focus

High build rate RSS sets records while targeting thin reservoirs

A recent horizontal drilling campaign in western China has broken drilling performance records while using the industry’s first high build rate, rotary steerable system (RSS) with custom integrated bits to target very thin, ultra-deep oil reservoirs 

Evaluating conductivity and proppant applications in Bakken formations

A study of Bakken formations and proppant applications revealed that fluid exposure may affect both rock and proppant strength. In addition, conductivity decreases within the Lower and Middle Bakken appear to be a function of proppant and rock strength, as well as formation embedment and spalling.


What’s new in artificial lift?

Part 2: In this second of two monthly reports, the authors highlight innovations in ESPs, PCPs, surface jet pumps, and gas lift and plunger lift systems.

What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation

Part 1, Logging: General developments include ongoing efforts to improve the accuracy of wellbore surveys. New LWD developments include cement evaluation; azimuthal acoustic tool and LWD NMR, among others. New wireline developments include openhole acoustic single-well imaging, borehole radar, geomechanics, pulsed-neutron geochemical logging, wireline formation testing and reservoir connectivity evaluation, among others.

Reginal Report: East Africa

Despite significant offshore gas discoveries and promising onshore results, the East African region remains vastly underexplored and it will take years of further intensive exploration for the industry to learn of the region’s full potential. 

High activity levels continue offshore Norway

Interview with Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

Bakken/Three Forks shale once-ignored zone could double reserve base

If the Three Forks/Bakken shale sounds awkward now, allow it to sink in.

To be sure, no one expects the core Middle Bakken formation to take a backseat anytime soon, but indications are mounting that a role reversal of sorts may happen. Between a newly released doubling of recoverable reserve estimates, and a premier operator’s recent flowrates from a previously unexplored lower zone, it would not be entirely farfetched to envision the underlying Three Forks/Sanish emerging as a horizon of choice in the more-than-200,000-sq-mi, liquids-rich hybrid play.


University of Houston program aims to prepare graduates for real-world work

In an industry as fast-paced as oil and gas, college graduates must be more prepared than ever to rise to the myriad challenges they will face as new hires. The University of Houston’s Petroleum Technology Initiative intends to give students the knowledge and skills that will set them apart.

Keeping pace in the global oil and gas hiring market

In the upstream oil and gas industry, there has been an almost universal uptick in activity around the world in recent months. As companies expand existing operations, and continue to establish new projects, the increase in business has meant corresponding growth in hiring rates. Operators and service companies are adding team members to keep up with their growing portfolios.

Companies must come to grips with an aging, changing workforce

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to move toward greater retirement, the task for oil and gas companies is to transfer their knowledge and experience to a new generation of workers.

Increased activity heightens global competition between regions for most talented workers

As oil and gas operations spread to all corners of the world, companies must take their recruiting efforts beyond the regional level, in order to compete for, and secure, the most skilled professionals. Recruitment efforts are becoming more robust, and compensation packages are continuing to grow.


Executive Viewpoint

Tom Wilson

Managing the worldwide energy workforce

Offshore in depth

Richard Vernotzy

Offshore rig designs and systems continue to evolve

What’s new in exploration

William J. Pike

Alleged seismic threat to marine mammals revived yet again

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Here’s to a “safe” big crew change

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni

$50 million or bust: Making of the Marcellus

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds

Jan Kristian Vasshus: Shaking up the shakers game

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek

A carbon tax of any kind would clobber the poor

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham

Industry’s helping hand can’t be ignored, despite national media snub

What's new in production

David Blackmon

Industry tax treatments are not subsidies

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events

Products featured at OTC

Products featured at OTC

People in industry

People in industry

New products and services

New products and services

World of Oil and Gas

World of Oil and Gas

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

Industry At A Glance

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

Rotary Rigs Running in US

Rotary Rigs Running in US

World Oil and NGL Production

World Oil and NGL Production Table

International Offshore Rigs

International Offshore Rigs

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Rig Count

World Oil Supply & Demand by Quarter

World Oil Supply & Demand by Quarter

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

Workover Rig Count

Workover Rig Count


Drilling interaction with social responsibility improves water access, resource utilization

PART 2: Water plays an important role in hydrocarbon recovery in Australia, South Africa and China. In this second and final installment, authors explore water use and reuse in Australia, South Africa and China, in addition to more ways operators can be socially conscious.