February 2018 ///

Special Focus

A synchronized uplift in capital deployment

James West, Evercore ISI

With the recovery definitely underway, Evercore ISI predicts global E&P spending to rise 7% in 2018 following a 4% increase in 2017 and a 33% decline in 2016.

A landmark year for the oil and gas industry

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

The last 12 months in Washington, D.C., have been incredibly positive for the U.S. oil and gas industry.

Better days ahead, as industry sits on brink of recovery

Alex Endress, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

U.S. operators are forecast to increase upstream activity, as oil and gas production rises with crude prices.

U.S. shale drives rig count recovery in 2017

With oil prices on the rise in 2017, operators added drilling rigs back to many areas of the U.S.

U.S. output builds on OPEC cutbacks, gas rides LNG expansion

Shale operators are increasing U.S. crude production in response to oil prices that are, so far, trending more favorably this year, due largely to decisions by OPEC and Russia to curb production.

Number of active U.S. oil wells remains consistent

The number of active, producing oil wells in the U.S. remained relatively stable, dropping slightly last year, despite a significant increase in drilling from 2016 into 2017.

Producing gas well total declines slightly

The number of active, producing U.S. gas wells slipped 1.6% last year, from 501,535 to 493,421, although, according to the EIA, the country’s gross gas withdrawals hit an 11-year high at 95.8 Bcfd last November.

U.S. oil, gas reserves see modest decline

According to EY’s U.S. Oil and Gas Reserves Study, U.S. oil reserves saw another decline in 2016.

Canada looks to recover amid mixed signals

Robert Curran, Contributing Editor

With most economic indicators aligned, the Canadian industry is poised to rebound from its worst slump in 30 years. But political uncertainty is still the wildcard, as the impact of implementing climate change policies remains unknown.

Healthy boost in activity projected for international drilling communities

Craig Fleming, Emily Querubin, World Oil

Outside of the U.S., a global recovery is on the horizon for the upstream oil and gas industry.


Turbodrills reduce well time and deliver lower cost per foot in hard and abrasive formations

Mark Miksa, Halliburton

Downhole turbines are a solution in hard and abrasive formations, otherwise inaccessible with conventional motors.

Geo-engineered completions improve recovery in unconventionals

Robert Fulks, Weatherford; Ingo Geldmacher, Consultant

North American unconventional well completion designs have evolved dramatically in the last four years. Longer laterals and increased proppant loading have resulted in higher IPs and EURs. New geo-engineered completion designs are delivering superior production results compared to high-intensity PNP.

ShaleTech: Marcellus/Utica Shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Record laterals help feed new pipelines, plants

EMGC to focus on region’s growth, maturation

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Situated in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey, the island nation of Cyprus will once again host the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC), now in its fifth year.

Regional Report: Southeast Asia/Australia

Emily Querubin, World Oil

With E&P on the mend, major breakthroughs are underway


First Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Keeping the caution in our optimism

Energy Issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

A plethora of Issues

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Successful exploration is the art of managing failure

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Hard rock paradigm shift

What's New in Production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

All over the map

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Alaska seeks limits on offshore leasing

Executive Viewpoint

Bruce Toews, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

Reducing coating maintenance costs and headaches on new offshore platforms

The Last Barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

The art of the oil deal

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Rod Uchytil: Leaving an international impact

Oil & Gas in the Capitals

Dr. Anas Alhajji, Contributing Editor

The changing energy landscape of the Middle East

News & Resources

World of Oil & Gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Total (40%) and Chevron (operator, 60%) have announced a major discovery at the Ballymore prospect, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

U.S. crude production surged to its highest level in 47 years, when output reached 10.038 MMbpd in November (EIA).

People in the Industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

API President and CEO Jack Gerard has announced that he will step down in August, when his contract ends.

Companies in the News

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Kreuz Subsea has secured a contract supporting Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) in India.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has introduced the iSeries NXT platform to its portfolio of Tolteq MWD/LWD directional systems and tools.