January 2016 ///

Special Focus

Changing the landscape of BOP testing

Mike Bethea, Offshore Technical Compliance (OTC); Eric Livesay, Hecate Software, Inc.

A digital pressure testing system used for offshore BSEE compliance offers operating companies a new way to make BOP testing more efficient and accurate. The system captures, records and analyzes a variety of critical pressure tests that meet the high standards of today’s compliance requirements.


India’s largest frac job nets seven-fold production increase in challenging recompletion

Shashank Pathak, Vishal Ranjan, Shobhit Tiwari, Cairn India Ltd.

An appraisal well in India’s KG Onshore Block—a JV between Cairn India Ltd. and ONGC—afforded key engineering and operational learning opportunities.

Integrated workflow optimizes completion, boosts production in Chinese tight oil well

Hu Xifeng, Zhang Cunwang, PetroChina Changqing Oil Company; Tobias Judd, Piyush Pankaj, Liu Pei Wu, Schlumberger

China’s unconventional basins hold significant quantities of in-place oil and gas, but they have been largely underdeveloped, due to technical limitations in overcoming challenging reservoirs and geology.

Development of gas-tight connection for deepwater drilling and completion operations

Wendell Bassarath, Marta Lafuente, Romain Branly, Vallourec

The petroleum industry’s growing need for gas-tight connections is being driven by complex wells requiring high-pressure completions and fracturing jobs, or managed pressure/underbalanced drilling operations.

Getting the most from seismic data

Lisa Sanford, Dave Ridyard, ION

A case history offshore Mexico has shown that the key to keeping the exploration prospect pipeline flowing, is to reprocess and re-evaluate old seismic data, allowing geologists to obtain useful information, using a low-risk approach. When high resolution and deep imaging are required, however, new data must be acquired.

ShaleTech: Woodford shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Scoop, stack sweet spots provide some relief

Regional Report: Eastern Mediterranean

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Eni’s discovery of supergiant Zohr field has changed the energy landscape of the region, prodding stagnant E&P developments in Israel, Cyprus and Greece.


First oil

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Starting our second century

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Happy New Year!

What's new in exploration

Satinder Chopra, Contributing Editor

Inversion in depth?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Lessons still not learned?

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

The methane that nobody wants

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Low crude prices force adjustments to deepwater plans

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji, Contributing Editor

Making the case for a Saudi oil production cut

Executive viewpoint

John England, Deloitte LLP

Looking back at 2015: What happened, what didn’t, and hope for the future

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

J. Blake Scott: Reducing the industry’s environmental footprint

The last barrel

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Saudi-Iranian rift adds new dimension to global oil market

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance: Oil and Gas Prices and Production and Rig Counts

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

World Oil's 100-Year Anniversary

Gulf Publishing Company: Growing during the days of gushers

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

The era of 1916–38 was one of great destruction and high creativity.

Gulf Coast Oil News: First oil journal for the gulf coast

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Published in September 1916 by Gulf Publishing Company, the Gulf Coast Oil News was a weekly publication devoted to covering fast-moving oil developments on the Gulf Coast, particularly Goose Creek field on the Houston Ship Channel.

Composite Catalog: A single source for oilfield equipment specs

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Gulf Publishing Company launched the Composite Catalog of Oil Field Equipment and Services in 1927 as a way of capitalizing on the success of its new products and services section, and show equipment guides, in The Oil Weekly.

The Oil Weekly: Expanding coverage from Gulf Coast to the entire world

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

In the April 20, 1918, edition, Gulf Publishing Company announced The Oil Weekly as the new name for the magazine.

Suffragettes of the oil field

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

The 1916–1938 era was still a man’s world.

Gulf Publishing buildings: Bigger and better with each move

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

As fitting for a publishing company funded by Texas’ leading oilmen, Gulf Publishing Company occupied prime office space in Houston.

Ray Lofton Dudley: Oil industry’s visionary editor and publisher

Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Teaching and newspaper reporting were the ideal preparation for Ray Lofton Dudley to become the fledgling oil and gas industry’s leading editor and publisher.