Issue: August 2019

Special Focus

Offshore advances: Overcoming the insurmountable

Innovation tackles a wide array of technical challenges, particularly for the deepwater sector.

Digital twin technology lowers offshore inspection costs

The predictive capabilities of a life-cycle condition-based maintenance and monitoring program benefits drilling contractors and operators by lowering overall costs, reducing risks and enabling greater efficiency managing assets.

Pre-pressurization technique expanding application of flexible flowlines into deepwater environments

Flexible flowlines are a competitive alternative to rigid pipelines, due to optimized installation procedures and inherent corrosion-resistant-compliant materials. Further cost reductions are being realized through ongoing improvements in design methodologies and updated analysis tools.

Innovation continues to pull Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore sector forward

Activity may pick up to near-record levels in the next several years, as the province continues to encourage technical innovation.

Oil majors reluctant to place bets on aging North Sea, as output descends

Since the 1960s, the North Sea has remained a highly sought-after region for oil and gas E&P.

HPHT expandable liner hanger designed for superior pressure integrity

As operators search for reserves in challenging HPHT environments, new technology is required to support these projects. An innovative expandable liner hanger, which offers a gas-tight metal-to-metal sealing system, is capable of superior hanging capacity for installing casing strings of various lengths.

Innovation leads to step-change in well completion efficiency

Technology advancements in sand control lower the total cost of ownership of well completions.

Eagle Ford/Austin Chalk Shales: High returns fail to stave off summer retreat

The caliche roads cutting through the blackbrush and mesquite of the South Texas brush country are a bit less congested of late, as Eagle Ford drilling and completion activity dips in what is ranked among the most profitable of the unconventional plays.

Establishing tertiary EOR operations in unconventional plays

Two federally-funded projects in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales strive to improve recovery efficiency in unconventional plays while accelerating their development and generating high-quality data.

Taking the heat and enduring the pressure

Completion system capabilities continue to advance, as the industry targets deeper formations in developing unconventional plays.

First oil

It’s wait and see on UK’s Johnson

What's new in exploration

“Boldly” missing from today’s oilfield vernacular

Drilling advances

Catching up with the times

What's new in production

What is a well?

Oil and gas in the capitals

Russia’s current account, the oil market and the ruble

Executive viewpoint

Texas – and America – benefit from our energy renaissance

The last barrel

Patience is a virtue
News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Eni has completed drilling on Agogo-2, the first appraisal well of the Agogo discovery in Block 15/06, offshore Angola.

Industry at a glance

Crude benchmarks remained relatively steady in July, despite escalating political tension in the Persian Gulf and the resumption of talks aimed to resolve a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which could spark increased demand.

People in the industry

Donald Mosing—son of Frank Mosing, founder of oilfield service company Frank’s International—passed away in late May, in Lafayette, La.

Companies in the news

KCA Deutag’s land drilling operation has won three new contracts in Russia, worth approximately $168 million.

New products and services

Varel Oil and Gas has designed a new PDC directional drill bit with accurate, predictive simulation software to target what directional companies and operators need most—consistent, controllable bits in the curve.
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