March 2013 ///

Special Focus

Real-time data from closed-loop drilling enhances offshore HSE

Managed pressure drilling is often viewed as a means of drilling extreme wells. But real-time wellbore information, acquired with MPD, points toward a major role in minimizing health, safety and environmental issues on challenging offshore wells being drilled with conventional fluids and cementing programs.


Drilling riser fatigue monitored in real time aboard drillship

A riser-fatigue monitoring system (RFMS) has been developed to provide field measurements of drilling riser stress and fatigue in near-real-time. During the two deployments on the Chikyu drilling riser, the system successfully recorded riser dynamics in the field, capturing a number of riser excitation events.

Horizontal drilling, multi-stage fracing drive increase in U.S. crude production

Crude oil production increased 790,000 bopd between 2011 and 2012, the largest annual increase since the beginning of U.S. commercial production in 1859. In its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that U.S. crude oil output will continue rising over the next two years, led by production from tight formations in Texas and North Dakota. 

Mississippi Lime

Anyone who has ever bought a penny stock, and unloaded it a few weeks later for a very tidy profit, has a pretty good idea of the attraction that an eclectic bevy of independents has for the liquids-laden Mississippi Lime.

Reducing uncertainty for better production operation decisions

A new production logging service deployed on fiber-optic-embedded coiled tubing helped Pemex reduce uncertainty and make the right decision to avoid serious production losses

Regional Report: India

India’s oil and gas industry is earnestly pursuing exploration opportunities, despite the absence of major discoveries. On the field development side, operators are combating declining production through IOR and EOR technologies. Faced with this reality, both private and public sector companies are looking at international E&P opportunities, as well as sourcing oil and LNG supplies.


Drilling advances

Jim Redden

API Spec Q2 is tough, but needed

Energy Issues

William J. Pike

Up in the air

Executive Viewpoint

Roger Toler

API Q2 and its impact on service companies

First Oil

Pramod Kulkarni

Technology at every turn

Innovative thinkers

Nell Lukosavich

Ken Arnold: Engineering the culture of safety

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore

Algerian gas plant attack—the aftermath and security considerations

The Last Barrel

Kurt Abraham

Detractors can’t take away industry achievements

What’s new in exploration

Nell Lukosavich

Mapping the world’s deepwater basins from pre-salt to sub-ice

What's new in production

Henry Terrell

Is hydraulic fracturing a water-hog?

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

World of Oil and Gas

Industry At A Glance

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

Monthly US Gas Prices and Trends ($/Mcf)

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 Supply & Demand by Quarter

World Oil Supply & Demand by Quarter

World Oil and NGL Production

World Oil and NGL Production Table

Selected World Oil Prices

Selected World Oil Prices Graph

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Rig Count

International Offshore Rigs

US Gas Prices ($/MCF) & Production (BCFD) (1)

Monthly US Gas Prices and Trends ($/Mcf)

World Oil and NGL Production (1)

World Oil and NGL Production Table


Microseismic parameters help to calibrate complex hydraulic fracture models

The use of seismic moment, and its relationship to deformations that produce microseismic events, enhances the ability to interpret microseismic data from hydraulic fracture monitoring.

Cemented multi-stage sleeves improve fracture-stimulation efficiency

A well was completed, using a 15-stage, cemented multi-stage sleeve to fracture- stimulate the entire lateral section. Operations took only 24 hours with continuous pumping, compared to an average three days for conventional stimulation. Well production was comparable to offset wells; reduced non-productive time boosted well economics.

What’s New in Fracturing Technology

Select Energy’s water treatment offerings decrease operator costs while maintaining and expanding water sources through the treatment of flowback and produced water to support an environmentally stable water cycle. Right-sized treatment assures minimal expenses on water and best profitability for the operator.

Provocative fracturing: Optimum completions?

Last year, my article about provocative fracturing brought several reader feedbacks and requests for more similar thoughts. Encouraged by the response, in this article, I will bring up another topic that has made me scratch my head for some time.