November 2015 ///

Special Focus

Subsea hydraulic jet pump optimizes well development offshore Tunisia

Cherif Ben Khelifa, Lundin Tunisia; Ken Fraser, Norwell Engineering; Toby Pugh, Weatherford CPS

The successful installation and operation of the industry’s first subsea jet pump has allowed wells offshore Tunisia to produce well above the expected rate, which makes future consideration for this type of application even more likely.

Coiled tubing-conveyed artificial lift and cleanout systems optimize costs and production

Sheldon Minish, Stephen Kiser, CJS Production Technologies; Kelly Falk, Source Rock Energy Partners; Chris Lamberth, J & J Technical Services

The industry has moved increasingly toward highly deviated, horizontal well designs, although pumping systems lag in technical advancement. An equipment suite has been developed to address the challenges that new well designs create for traditional artificial lift systems.


Optimizing subsea multiphase boosting station and controls

Guillaume Becquin, Axel Busboom, R. Castane Selga, S. Abrol, GE Global Research, Germany; Dejan Doder, A. Jain, T. Glomsaker, GE Oil & Gas, Norway; Morten Hyllseth, C. Ruigrok, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies, Norway

Enabled by the integration of a process-simulation tool and a transient, multiphase, pipe-flow simulator, an accurate simulation of the boosting station and its flowlines, within a single model, allows the capturing of key interactions between the processing equipment, the well, and flow conditions in the pipeline and riser.

Global rig fleet declines in tandem with industry activity

Tory A. Stokes, Kathy Larsen, Steve Thompson, NOV Downhole

The North American rig fleet decreases, as a large portion of idle rigs is taken out of commission. The global offshore mobile fleet has leveled off.

Regional Report: The Arctic

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Prices, sanctions and environmental politics chill the air

NRC leads the way in arctic technology r&D

Terry Lindstrom, National Research Council Canada

For nearly 100 years, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has built a reputation as a results-focused R&D performer, capable of adapting to meet the most critical challenges.

Barents Sea safety and rescue capabilities assessed

Peter Schütz, DNV GL

Conditions in the Barents Sea are more favorable for offshore activities than in other Arctic areas.

ShaleTech: Argentina/Mexico Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Prime reserves, but widely different near-term prospects


First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Stop it—stop drilling, producing or storing

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

A reason to smile

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Price does matter

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The new cutting—coping paradigm

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Now hear this

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Shell’s idealistic Arctic adventure

Oil and gas in the capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

China vs. Japan E&P dispute now militarized

Executive viewpoint

Chris Welsh, OFS Portal

Increased eCommerce adoption yields benefits

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Mark Plummer: Entrepreneur and self-made man

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Exposé paints unflattering picture of Venezuelan oil and gas sector

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

People in the industry

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Companies in the news

ShaleTech Report

Three Cs for success in shale plays

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

The shale oil E&P sector is entering the second year of low crude oil prices.

Boosting performance in unconventional shale plays

Darren Santeller, Vallourec USA

An enhanced P110 grade for horizontal drilling extends operational efficiencies and mitigates risk.

Collaborative refracturing workflow aids predictable, repeatable recovery of bypassed reserves

Matthew Lahman, Doug Walser, Halliburton

While no two refracturing treatments are identical, results from pilot wells demonstrated that using a collaborative workflow can help to consistently and repeatedly recover bypassed reserves at a lower cost per BOE, compared to the development costs for new drills.

A new technology reduces formation water

Adam K. Harper, Candice K. Kelly, John W. Green, John M. Terracina, Hexion Inc.

A water-reducing proppant, utilizing unique resin chemistry, is able to maintain oil and gas output.

Accurate modeling improves early production predictions

Sudhendu “Kash” Kashikar, Hasan Shojaei, MicroSeismic, Inc.; Casey Lipp, Peregrine Petroleum

The inability of reservoir models to realistically simulate fractures compromises their accuracy. However, a new method offers operators the ability to accurately forecast well production and reservoir drainage for nearby wells.

Advanced MPD delivers predictive ROP, optimizes drilling efficiency in Montney shale

Elvin Mammadov, Nadine Osayande, John Breuer, Wamidh Al-Hashmy, Weatherford

Drilling horizontal Montney wells in British Columbia has been historically troublesome and notoriously slow. An initiative to optimize ROP by adapting predictive modeling to MPD technology has succeeded.

World Oil Awards

A World of Innovative Achievements | Winners and Finalists

Emily Querubin, World Oil

The 2015 World Oil Awards honored those “Charting a Path to the Future” in the oil and gas industry.