March 2014 ///

Special Focus

Automated MPD enables drilling of an “impossible” well in Mexico’s Veracruz basin

Javier Rodriguez, Angel Montero, Saúl Villalbos, Pemex; Marcos A. Chavarria, Javier A. Morales, Juan C. Beltran, Carlos A. Ruiz, Jimmy Rojas, Blaine Dow, M-I Swaco, A Schlumberger Company

Application of fully automated, rapid-response managed pressure drilling (MPD) in eastern Mexico’s Veracruz basin made a well, deemed impossible to drill, achievable, paving the way for basin-wide exploitation of previously inaccessible reserves.

Independent HIL testing brings systematic, effective verification of MPD systems

Bjørnar Vik, Marine Cybernetics; John-Morten Godhavn, Espen Hauge, Statoil; Erlend Mjaavatten, AGR Enhanced Drilling

Independent HIL testing was proven to be a systematic, effective method for assessing control system software for MPD applications, and served as a key element in qualifying a new technology.


Selectively retrievable CT whipstock provides flexibility without losing production

Anthony Mack, Mark Glaser, Mike Rossing, Weatherford

Deployed on coiled tubing (CT) or wireline, a retrievable whipstock packer and latch system has reduced the number of trips required for total tool removal, while retaining the flexibility to leave the packer in the wellbore, thus ensuring continued flow of production

Gabon tests confirm LWD formation pressure tool assures data quality, improves efficiency

Jeff Hemsing, Weatherford; Christophe Fosseries, Maurel & Prom

Logging-while-drilling technology was proven successful in accurately measuring and testing formation pressure in a field onshore Gabon.

Greener completions advance in the Marcellus

Jeramie Morschhauser, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation; Sean Parker, Bridget Todd, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

An operator and service company collaborate to lower emissions and boost efficiencies during hydraulic fracturing operations through the use of bi-fuel fracing pumps and greener frac fluids.

ShaleTech: Mississippi Lime

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

High technology meets low cost

Regional Report: East Africa

Roger Jordan, World Oil

Despite lackluster exploration results over the preceding decades, East Africa is beginning to emerge as an increasingly important hydrocarbon province.

Mexican energy reform is a historic opportunity for change

Diana Villiers Negroponte, Brookings Institution

Pemex has held a monopoly on Mexico’s oil and gas industry for more than 70 years.


First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Times … they are a changin’

What's new in exploration

William J. Pike, World Oil

SEAM Phase III to focus on pressure prediction and hazard avoidance

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

But, popcorn is extra

What's new in production

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Fracing and wastewater disposal—lethal injection?

Offshore in depth

Eldon Ball, Contributing Editor

Offshore’s role in the new energy paradigm

Oil and gas in the capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

India to jumpstart domestic E&P: No easy task

Executive viewpoint

Tim Cutt, BHP Billiton

A manufacturing process is key to shale’s future

Innovative thinkers

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Narwhal for Ice Management: At the helm of Arctic progress

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Ukraine fights to stay out from under Putin’s thumb

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

World of oil and gas

People in the industry

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

People in the industry

Companies in the news

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

Companies in the news

New products and services

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

New products and services

Meeting and events

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Meeting and events

Industry at a glance

Henry Terrell, Contributing Editor

Industry at a glance

Shale Technology Review

Ensuring sustainable shale operations through water management

Kevin Reyntjens, Aaron M. Johnson, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Hydraulic fracturing has spawned a renaissance in the U.S. oil and gas industry.

New shale technologies, best practices

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

While shale exploration and production in the international arena are still in their infancy, North American shale activity has transitioned, from the initial excitement of the discovery of new plays, to the slow and steady efforts of understanding reservoir variability through seismic surveys, wireline and LWD logging, and core analyses, followed by improving drilling efficiency through multi-well pad drilling.

Why supermajors botched unconventionals

Eve Sprunt, Consultant

In Malcolm Gladwell’s interpretation of the David and Goliath story, Goliath, while immensely strong, is so blind that he must be led into battle by an attendant.

Advances made in shale-specific geology and geophysics


G&G technology continues to “zero in” on the unique challenges of shale exploration and production.

Drilling the unconventionals: Shale focus shifts to increasing IP rates, EUR

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Productivity is the name of the game in drilling, as new, well-pad-oriented rigs, beefed-up tubulars, tighter spacing, and other factors come into play.

Best practices lead to successful shale fracturing

George E. King, Apache Corporation

In liquids-rich shales, several fracturing designs may appear to work early in the development, but comparison of the produced fluids to what is known to be in the reservoir should be an assessment criterion.

Water management presents challenges, brings opportunities

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Increased hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling has meant ever-greater amounts of water, in terms of both completion and disposal.

What's new in Shale Technology

Melanie Cruthirds, World Oil

What's new in Shale Technology