December 2019 ///

Special Focus

Advanced simulation to improve well barrier integrity

Alistair Gill, Wild Well Control

Engineers examine the importance of advanced simulation to enhance well barrier design and maximize well control.

Rapid deployment of specialized response team quells difficult underwater blowout

Leonardo Portillo, Boots & Coots—A Halliburton Service

A team of dedicated field engineers utilized specialized turbine technology to dredge a lake bed, to uncover a sufficient length of competent production casing, to accommodate a modified surface capping stack, and secure the well.


Unique collaboration produces landmark rig design


Land rigs have evolved over the years, incorporating increasingly advanced technology with greater levels of digitization and automation. The evolution has been driven by the increased power/torque required for more complex borehole construction and extended-reach wells.

Regional Report: Permian Basin

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Budget constraints elicit considerable slowdown in Permian basin

Sizing up rig automation

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

The rig is a little taller than the driller, and the bit fits in the palm of his hand. Designed, built and operated by a team of university students, the miniature drilling system is making hole for SPE’s international Drillbotics competition. Their objective is to autonomously drill a directional well to plan, as quickly as possible, while maintaining borehole quality, and integrity of the rig and drillstring.

What industry leaders expect for 2020

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

As 2019 began, our editorial advisors, like many of us in the industry, had hopes for an improved market during the course of the year. Unfortunately, that has not come to pass, and 2019 will be remembered as the year that the U.S. shale revolution sputtered and leveled out. The confinement of the oil price in the low-to-high $50s for most of second-half 2019, for WTI crude, is remarkable. This also will be remembered as the year that OPEC+ frequently had to defer to the U.S., as the new swing producer, to help balance supply with demand. And while the “quieting” of U.S. shale should continue through most of 2020, there are some brighter spots in the global E&P market. There is ample evidence that offshore activity is slowly, but surely, improving, particularly outside North America. And conventional oil and gas, outside the U.S. and Canada, are showing some life, due in part to increased spending and activity by NOCs, particularly in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the six most senior members of World Oil’s Editorial Advisory Board again provide their thoughts on this year’s market and what might be in store for 2020. In the process, they examine a wide range of industry trends, including the pillars of success; the unique, continuous transition of the UKCS; hydrogen’s role in the energy mix; getting the message right to the public; going back to the top of the slide; and entrepreneurship helping to foster good energy policy.

Technology developments in wellhead systems bring greater efficiency and safety to drilling applications

Blanca Montoya, Knox Wright, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

As shale drilling and completion operations have advanced, so, too, have wellhead control technologies. The RSH wellhead system is bringing greater well control, safety and cost-efficiency to shale plays in the U.S. and beyond.

Haynesville-Bossier Shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

A "cowboy" bucks headwinds, beefs up gas holdings

Simulated training for next-gen electric ROVs and drivers

Geoffrey Bixby, Forum Energy Technologies

Integrating with next-generation electric ROVs, the newly developed VMAX simulation software has a variety of ROV scenarios to test pilots’ skills. Subsea engineers can use it for modeling and verification of procedures involving intervention tasks.


Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Into the weeds

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

Au revoir Paris

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

An historical moment quietly occurs

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Reducing exploration to save money or “climate” is stupid

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Get smart

Executive viewpoint

Paul Coppinger, Contributing Editor

Embrace the shift: How operators, service companies and manufacturers must adapt

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Why can't we learn from past mistakes?

News and Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

People in the industry

Companies in the news

New products and services