July 2018 ///

Special Focus

Teamwork—The great facilitator

Mike Slaton

Collaboration is the foundation for most offshore advances. The immensity of the challenge—“How do we do this better?”—imposes a critical dictum on all the involved parties: share the burden or fold the tent and go home. In the following examples, teamwork meets the test head-on, as partnerships and consortiums field an array of solutions.


Structural integrity management in late asset life: Sustainable operations maximize returns

Dr. Mohammad Nabavian

An insightful approach to tackling one of the upstream oil and gas industry’s most challenging issues.

Structured commercial model, dedicated resources tackle P&A challenges

Phil Milton

Decommissioning is often seen as the end of the road, but it’s actually a part of the on-going lifecycle. By reducing liabilities and direct costs when shutting down uneconomic wells, it frees up capital to invest in exploiting other fields.

Compliant screen raises the bar for successful and cost-efficient sand control

Maxime “Max” Coffin, Keith Oddie

Hydraulic screen technology in sand control completion can maximize asset value while providing a simpler, more flexible installation that improves reliability.

Improving fracture design in tight gas reservoirs using new slim dipole tool

Jose Rafael Zambrano, Edgar Velez, Gabriel Gallardo Giozza, Federico Sorenson, Lucia Lamberghini

A new through-the-bit acoustic service enables operators to compare measurements taken before and after hydraulic fracturing in smaller casing sizes. The data are used to define open intervals after the treatment is executed to estimate propped fracture height.

Payback time, as LLS pricing lifts netbacks

Jim Redden

The Eagle Ford is enjoying a comeuppance, of sorts. Once left to pick up Permian basin leftovers, the unconventional elder has emerged as a veritable hedge against the bottleneck-induced price differentials of its high-flying neighbor to the immediate west.

Steel tariffs: A campaign promise the oil industry hoped Trump would not keep

David Blackmon

On March 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced 25% tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The E&P industry is telling Congress and the administration that this is a bad idea. The real question is “Why Was Anyone Surprised?”

Western Europe sees “positive development” offshore after years of output decline

Emily Querubin

Although global exploration has been fading of late, Western Europe’s offshore sector is still red-hot, in terms of E&P potential.

ONS 2018 to emphasize the necessity of innovation in oil and gas

Emily Querubin

ONS is gearing up for another year in Stavanger, Norway, where operators, international suppliers and decision-makers are set to gather for one of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy forums.

Protecting offshore assets from the risks posed by vessels

Aaron Kline

Mitigating risks offshore has been a contentious subject in the oil and gas industry. Until know, there were limited approaches to safe-guarding people and vessels. Today, there are new, comprehensive approaches to monitoring and communicating risk.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Canada’s E&P sector still trying to regain traction

Energy issues

William J. Pike

Research foci to improve EOR

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Wildcatting? Maybe the industry is coming out of its risk paralysis

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Opening the Gen Z pipeline

What's new in production

Don Francis

Home improvements

Water management

Mark Patton

Produced water reuse and frac fluid compatibility

Executive viewpoint

Hege Kverneland

Shaping the future of the industry

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

Texas two-step

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Michele Cowart

EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart

Akofs Offshore has been awarded a contract for light well intervention services, using its 156-m vessel, Akofs Seafarer, for all Equinor-operated licenses, in the period 2020 to 2025.

New products and services

Michele Cowart

Nikon Metrology, in partnership with the COREX unit of Premier Oilfield Laboratories, is improving augmented rock core investigations by using high-resolution microfocus-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanning.