November 2016 ///

Special Focus

Well integrity in production operations: Five trends shaping the future

Don Dressler, Brian O'Sullivan

Five trends in well integrity (WI) for production operations have emerged, with significant implications for the industry’s future direction.

Method proves itself for field monitoring of asphaltene treatment programs

David Jennings, Kung-Po Chao

As shown in a case study at a North American field with a CO2 – Water Alternating Gas (WAG) flood operation, this anticipated line reduction method for field monitoring now provides operators an additional tool for managing and optimizing asphaltene treatment programs.


Delivering well integrity through secure connections

Britani Gallagher, Scott Sivewright, Keith Won

Well integrity, the overarching driver in the industry’s quest to achieve safe, efficient and long-term production, is achieved by efficiently establishing critical well barriers, including proper mud weight and casing/cement, that provide reliable isolation and mitigate the risk of an uncontrolled release of formation fluids.

Global rig utilization at record low levels, U.S. land activity will rebound in 2017

Carlos Huerta

International land and global offshore rig demand continues to drift lower, as markets seek to rebalance. The North American land rig market is slowly improving, after finding a cyclical bottom in late May.

A systems approach to coring improves operations

Alan Norrie, Claire Kennedy

Coring operations require careful planning to prevent operational risks and unbudgeted costs. The latest technology combats these issues and leads to quality coring operations.

Subsea efficiency in harsh environments

Vibesh Ravindran

Efficient subsea safety systems isolate a well in a controlled manner during exploration, completion and intervention. By utilizing a landing string system (LSS), non-productive time (NPT) is reduced significantly during shutdown, disconnect or drive-off, by providing controlled isolation of the wellbore and associated hydrocarbons. The LSS facilitates critical hydraulic and electrical feed-through to subsurface completion components. This yields potential rig time savings of 24-plus hr in shallow water, and up to 48 hr in deep water.

Regional Report: Permian Basin

Mike Slaton

In a dark market, the Permian basin keeps the light on

ShaleTech: Argentina/Mexico shales

Jim Redden

Unleashing potential hinges on government policies

Completion capabilities expanded by ball-activated technology in Argentina

Federico A. Silva, Emiliano Lopez

Packers Plus has been at the forefront of multi-stage ball-activated completions in Argentina since 2007.

Placing a “price on carbon”: A great theory, but a terrible idea

David Blackmon

Any such system established by the federal government will become subject to too much bureaucratic control and thus act as an economic drag.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Newfoundland continues to exude promise

Energy issues

William J. Pike

Systemic analysis shows a failure of systems to match up

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Between a rock and hot place

What's new in production

Don Francis

Trial separation

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto

Umbilicals are key enablers for subsea production

Oil and gas in the capitals

Jeff Moore

Indonesia has a new oil and gas strategy

Executive viewpoint

Neil Saunders

Looking to the future of subsea processing

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin

Brian Richards: Inventing a way out

The last barrel

Roger Jordan

It ain’t going away

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

World Oil Awards

A World of Innovative Achievements | Winners & Finalists

Emily Querubin

The 2016 World Oil Awards honored those “Rising to the Challenge” during a difficult period for the upstream oil and gas industry.