December 2016 ///

Special Focus

What industry leaders expect for 2017

Kurt Abraham

Twelve months have come and gone since our editorial advisors offered their thoughts on the global upstream market, and still, the industry just wants one basic question answered: “When are things going to get noticeably better?”


Technology helps provide answers for market woes

Mike Slaton

“Something has to change.” In a down rig market, the call-to-action weighs heavily on technology to find a way to do things differently—reduce cost, improve performance or provide another option. Innovative engineering seldom has had more fertile ground than it does today.

Record-length expandable liner enables gas lift completion, improves production

Joe Becnel, Jesus Contreras, Francisco Gamarra, Greg Galloway

A record-setting solid-expandable liner run was used to re-line a non-sour-gas-compliant wellbore in the Eagle Ford shale. This application cleared the way for a gas-lift recompletion, and it boosted production.

Field exercises test Arctic survival readiness

Katie Aylward

As the upstream industry continues its expansion into Arctic waters, a new study sheds light on the industry’s ability to contend with potential safety issues.

Research initiative targets worker safety

Kevin McSweeney

Safety is a critical objective for the offshore industry, yet truly understanding how safe operations actually are requires concrete data.

Organizational change can be achieved through HSE leadership

Jack Hinton

Changing the way that we manage HSE issues and workplace incidents is critical to reducing risk and improving quality throughout an enterprise. To achieve these goals, the petroleum industry must improve HSE performance, using technology and implementing major shifts in cultural, organizational, and human performance paradigms.

Integrated high-pull wireline conveyance systems accelerate access to well profiles

Serko Sarian, Chris Babin

Increasingly complex well geometrics and extended well depths present a growing challenge for conveyance. Deep and highly deviated wells that were not previously wireline accessible, especially benefit from using an integrated wireline conveyance system.

ShaleTech: Haynesville-Bossier shale

Jim Redden

Jumbo frac schemes await improving gas prospects


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Miracles do happen

Energy issues

William J. Pike

New data on methane emissions

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Is a new World Order upon us?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Bringing bowties to life

What's new in production

Don Francis

Solving stranded gas

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto

Report calls for urgent action to prevent North Sea’s rapid decline

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng

Norway at 50 years

Executive viewpoint

Rod A. Starr

Different at the core

The last barrel

Roger Jordan

Christmas comes early—well, maybe

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Emily Querubin

People in the industry

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin

Companies in the news

New products and services

Emily Querubin

New products and services

Industry leaders outlook 2017

Induced seismicity issue grows

William J. Pike

You might think that induced seismicity is a growing topic in our industry and, of course, you would be spot on.

Austerity set to continue on UKCS in 2017

Alexander G. Kemp

In 2016, activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) has remained subdued, reflecting the province’s growing maturity, the relatively low oil prices, and high unit costs.

Climate change: inconvenient truth or opportunity to lead?

Dr. Nathan Meehan

After more than two years of nearly full-time travel as president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and having given hundreds of speeches, I have come to expect certain questions, including, “When will prices recover?” or, “Should I stay in the industry?”

Here, there be dragons

Douglas N. Valleau

We are approaching the end of 2016, and here, there be dragons.

Barbarians and the coronation of a new king

Robert Warren

Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment in the author’s series, Energy Trilogy During the Reign of King Amabo, Ruler of the ASU.

Navigating a market in transition

Paul Coppinger

For the past two years, much discussion has focused on the question of when the market will recover.

Lower for longer

Keith W. Lynch

“Lower for longer”—these are words that try my soul (apologies to Thomas Paine).

Chevron in 2016/2017: A few insights

Ben Bloys

Although 2016 was another tough year, the oil market is slowly moving toward balance, while U.S. production is down 900,000 bpd from the peak.

The offshore world is ready for a turnaround

Kevin McEvoy

This year’s elections not only turned the political pundit world upside down, they also set the stage for an offshore energy turnaround.

Future innovations to be spurred by collaborative value generation

Jon Crane

There is broad consensus in the oil and gas sector that we have to cope with a “lower-for-longer” reality, re-confirmed in IEA’s September 2016 Oil Market Report.

A more efficient drilling sector is set to rebound

Trent Latshaw

In my 43 years in the industry, this cycle has been No. 6 for me.

Don’t overlook Albania

Douglas C. Nester

Competition for quality new venture opportunities will continue to increase, as companies navigate through the political and economic changes occurring throughout the world.

Innovate and grow the bottom line!

Art J. Schroeder, Jr.,

Oil companies are the industry’s growth engines.

2017: The year fundamentals and oil prices improve...finally

David A. Pursell

As I sat down to write this article, I thought about making a case that the fundamentals were improving as demand growth continues, non-OPEC supply is sputtering (driven by U.S. production declines), and visible OPEC production capacity is limited to Saudi Arabia after post-sanctions Iran increased to 3.7 MMbopd.