Issue: April 2016


OTC 2016 fosters innovation and opportunity in times of volatility

The 48th Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be held May 2-5, 2016, at NRG Park in Houston, Texas.

Wired drill pipe delivers 4.25 rig days of net savings

The implementation of wired drill pipe (WDP) telemetry on the Martin Linge project was proven successful with quantified time savings and the use of two new technologies, the dual integrated reamer and the seismic-while-drilling tool.

Extra-deep azimuthal resistivity improves navigation in a complex Barents Sea reservoir

Part 2. This continuation of the VisiTrak application article includes details about reservoir navigation and discussion of the value of ultra-deep resistivity measurements (Part 1 was published in World Oil, February 2016).

East Canada stays the course in navigating offshore development

While most portions of North America have seen E&P activity shrink to levels that are a fraction of what they were two years ago, work in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, continues to move forward, due, in part, to long lead times and very promising geology.

Regional Report: Gulf of Mexico

A deepwater pulse keeps the Gulf in business, as low prices wreak havoc

BSEE’s well control rule is wrong approach toward the right goals

Once again, the U.S. federal government is finding a way to take reasonable E&P regulation, via proposed rulemaking, and make it as onerous as possible for the upstream industry.

ShaleTech: Canadian Shales

A lot of pain, little gain seen in ‘16

OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards: Innovations focus on reliability

When it comes to offshore and subsea technology, the operative word is reliability.

Offshore innovations boost efficiencies, solve subsea problems

This year’s collection of new technologies and new-generation improvements on existing products covers a wide swath of equipment and functions, ranging from expandable liners, liner-hangers and ratchet collars, to submersible pumps, subsea compression and water analysis sensors.

First oil

Bouncing along the bottom

Energy issues

Unbridled hypocrisy

What's new in exploration

“Exploration is critical to deepwater development”

Drilling advances


What's new in production

Reel time

Offshore in depth

Offshore reality checks

Oil and gas in the capitals

Europe’s energy equation

Executive viewpoint

Tailwinds and headwinds through 2020

The last barrel

Kick ‘em while they’re down
News & Resources

World of oil and gas

World of oil and gas

Industry at a Industry at a Glance Oil and Gas Prices Production and Rig Countsglance

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

People in the industry

Companies in the news

Companies in the news

New products and services

New products and services
World Oil's 100-Year Anniversary

Fundamental shift in world power: Oil used as economic weapon

At the start of the 1970s, the U.S. had become accustomed to abundant supplies of cheap energy.

TAPS: A step toward reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil

In the summer of 1968, Atlantic Richfield established commercial oil production on Alaska’s North Slope with the Prudhoe Bay State No. 1 well.

Boomtowns return: Decontrolling the oil price fuels U.S. drilling frenzy

In March 1971, the Texas Railroad Commission removed the restriction that limited the amount of crude that an operator could produce.

Wildcatters test the deep Anadarko basin: Pioneering spirit leads to record-depth wells

At the start of the 1970s, the U.S. petroleum industry was stuck between a rock and a hard place.

World Oil gears up for offshore sector: Extensive coverage provided by editor Robert W. Scott

By the start of the 1970s, major oil producers outside of OPEC were struggling to identify geological prospects in onshore provinces, that held sufficient potential to justify large lease plays and exploratory drilling.

U.S. Department of Energy created to ensure nation’s energy security

In 1942, the U.S. was developing an atomic bomb in Los Alamos, N.M., under the guidance of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Port Fourchon

A message from the executive director

Quality and quantity matter now, more than ever

Port Fourchon plows toward next wave

The unemployed supply vessels tied to docks throughout southern Louisiana may reflect the near-term prognosis for the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, but the longer-term prospects can be heard in the incessant drone of dredging machines at work in the aquatic arteries crisscrossing Port Fourchon.

Construction nears for next leg of LA 1 project

Construction should begin this fall on the next leg of the nearly 19-year effort to complete the elevated replacement of the time-worn, and often-impassable, Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) corridor from Golden Meadow, La., to Port Fourchon.

New rule would reduce GOM appeal: GEST

Even at $80/bbl oil, the well control rule proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) would reduce Gulf of Mexico exploration by as much as 55% each year, according to a recently released Wood Mackenzie study commissioned by the Gulf Economic Survival Team (GEST) of Thibodaux, La.

Unique buoyancy landing string system debuts in GOM

ExPert Landing String Solutions of Madisonville, La., is awaiting results of the first application of the industry’s only modular buoyancy system, engineered to safely land the long strings of heavy-walled casing required in most ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico wells.
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