March 2016 ///

Special Focus

In-situ retrofit sets milestone in deepwater MPD evolution

Brian Barbee, Ensco; Chad Henry Wuest, Scott Bremner, Julmar Shaun Sadicon Toralde, Weatherford International

Close collaboration drives unprecedented on-site integration of full, closed-loop drilling on a DP semisubmersible, and provides new insights into the evolving technology.


Marginal wells re-drilled economically using directional CT and underbalanced conditions

Toni Miszewski, AnTech Ltd.

Directional coiled tubing technology, including the rig and purpose-built BHA, provides a multitude of advantages compared to conventional rotary drilling systems.

Regional Report: East Africa

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Additional energy infrastructure is needed to mobilize East African reserves

What’s new in well logging and formation evaluation

Stephen Prensky, Consultant, Silver Spring, Maryland

This review is based on published technical papers and publicly available literature. The author does not endorse any specific technologies or service providers. The logging systems may be available as commercial services, or still in development and testing phases.

ShaleTech Report

Accelerated production improves shale well economics

Josh Jolly, Theo Baughn, Southwestern Energy; Gene Little, Experitec; Terry Cox, Al Majek, Emerson Automation Solutions

Low natural gas prices have placed production economics under ever-increasing scrutiny. The rapid decline rates of unconventional wells challenge operators to maximize returns over a short period. One solution has been realized, by means of improved management of the free-flow cycle of gas wells, through the application of surface automation.

Enhancing production from unconventional reservoirs with micro-proppant

Jeff Dahl, Devon Energy Corp.; Philip Nguyen, Ronald Dusterhoft, James Calvin, Shameem Siddiqui (1), Halliburton

Incorporating micro-proppants in the pad fluids of an already optimized fracture design provided a significant uplift in well productivity in an 11-well study.

Assimilation of drilling data produces reliable, cost-effective, engineered completions

Dale Logan, C&J Energy Services

Process improves reservoir recovery without the expense of running open-hole logs.

Engineering effective and efficient completions

Robert F. (Bob) Shelley, StrataGen

Data-driven modeling and on-site analytics allow operators to optimize their completions, thereby increasing EUR and delivering a better ROI.

Efficient, multi-zone testing enhances re-frac design and implementation

C. O. "Doc" Stokley, Consultant

A multi-zone testing tool, which originally proved to be an efficient, inexpensive means of performing tests of selected intervals in laterals, has had its use extended to multi-lateral wells.


First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Hypocrisies and ironies

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Coping with the downturn

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Is exploration dead?

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Will indemnify for food

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Forget refracs

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Navigating shallow waters

Oil and gas in the capitals

Peter Howard Wertheim and Dayse Abrantes, Contributing Editor, Brazil

Despite scandals and debt, Brazil is still attractive

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Rustom Mody: A “knock-out” mentor and motivator

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

War on shale? Not by us, Saudis say

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

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Companies in the news

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

World Oil's 100-Year Anniversary

Post-war expansion: The tables are turned

The Post-War era brought rising oil production to both the U.S. and countries worldwide.

OPEC: Unification of the world’s petroleum producers

In the 1960s, Arab nations, which relied heavily on oil revenue, were being frustrated by oil price cuts made by Western oil companies. Another problem was the import caps imposed by the U.S. government, which also depressed prices.

More changes, expansion occurred at Gulf Publishing Company

World Oil’s November 1957 issue announced that at age 32, William (Bill) G. Dudley had been elected V.P. of Gulf Publishing Company (GPC).

Suez Crisis: A threat to European oil supply

In July 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal, which was a primary conduit for oil export shipments.

Six-Day War: A shipping blockade leads to captured fields

The Six-Day War of June 5-10, 1967—the third major Arab-Israeli conflict in history as of that date—was caused by the continuing Arab rejection of Israel and an Egyptian blockade of Israeli shipping.

Prudhoe bay: Discovery of Alaska’s oil giant

Richfield Oil Corp. began running seismic survey crews on the northern coast of Alaska, bordering the Arctic Ocean, in 1963.