Issue: July 2015

Special Focus

Retooling for the upturn

With rig contract cancellations, fleet retirements, and large-scale cost-cutting slicing through the offshore drilling market, new technology assumes an even more important role in safety, efficiency, capability and—ultimately—marketability. As utilization drops, advantage is often found in innovation—if not now, then certainly in the upturn that will arrive eventually.

Limit water cut and gas breakthrough with autonomous inflow control

Autonomous ICDs are self-regulating and classed as being active. Unlike its passive counterpart, which produces greater choking for higher-density fluids, an AICD chokes water and gas more readily. This prevents the well from being flooded when unwanted fluids break through. This article describes the capabilities of the AICD and presents a workflow to design a field-specific AICD.

Managing simultaneous operations during seismic acquisition in offshore fields

A new collaborative SIMOPS management system promises to optimize the planning and execution of seismic and other critical operations, even under rapidly changing offshore conditions.

G&G integration enhances acquisition of multi-client studies offshore Gabon

Integrated geoscience project to shine light on Gabon South basin.

Regional report: Northwest Africa

The northwest frontier region has seen a boost in exploration efforts, rewarded by some key discoveries that define the region as an up-and-coming E&P province.

ShaleTech: China, Australia shales

High hopes, but results slim so far

Beware of calls for a national “energy policy”

In the beginning, there was the Windfall Profit Tax, and government’s ability to craft similar, ill-advised energy policy instruments has not abated to this day.

First oil

Adversaries on attack

Energy issues

Election rhetoric blossoming

What's new in exploration

Has Continental Drift moved you?

Drilling advances

Keeping efficiency in the game

What's new in production

A trick up their sleeves

Offshore in depth

Disputed waters raise hopes, create conflict

Oil and gas in the capitals

Nuclear deal with Iran impacts U.S. producers negatively

Executive viewpoint

Offshore project cost-savings of 30% to 40% are possible

Innovative thinkers

Don Conkle: Proppant innovation at motocross speed

The last barrel

Widely disparate ideologies pose continual threat to industry
News & Resources

World of oil and gas

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

People in the industry

New products and services

New products and services

Companies in the news

Companies in the news
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