June 2019 ///

Special Focus

Extending ESP service life in unconventional wells

Jason Williams, Miguel Ortega, Forum Energy Technologies

Mounting economic pressure has added urgency to the unconventional community’s long-held directive to increase production and continue development of available reserves, while reducing lease-operating expenses (LOE).

Progressing cavity pumps optimized for multi-phase fluids

Robert Kurz, Netzsch Pumps & Systems

An innovative PCP system is a cost-effective alternative for moving high-viscosity crudes, compared to the conventional separation process.

Rigless, through-tubing wireline-retrievable ESP lowers operating costs

Pedro Vergel, John Algeroy, Greg Nutter, AccessESP

As the complexity associated with producing hydrocarbons increases, operators continue to seek improved pumping systems for bringing fluids to surface at lower costs.

Autonomous well management system increases uptime

Manoj Nimbalkar, Weatherford International

A combination of lift control, fluid optimization and IoT infrastructure achieves continuous production improvement, using real-time data and engineering models.


Beyond efficiency into the next S-curve of production

Eric Carre, Halliburton

For the last five years, our industry has focused on reducing cost through operational efficiency and supply chain management.

BP deploys drilling automation package on Alaska’s North Slope to decrease connection times, improve safety and efficiency

Andrew Coit, Stephen Forrester, Stephen Pink, NOV; Carlos Schiavenato, BP; Daniel Blydenburgh, Parker Drilling

In a landmark project, BP brought together process automation, wired drill pipe, drilling apps, and downhole drilling dynamics tools to prove the viability of closed-loop drilling automation in an extremely technically challenging environment.

Balancing waste management and solids control performance as part of total fluids cost

Ronald E. Morrison, Charles P. Stocker, Matthew R. Wiggins, Samuel K. Strickland, Derrick Equipment Company

Several variables should be considered before selecting solids control equipment and waste management techniques for achieving the lowest total cost.

Global gas market grew rapidly in 2018

Armelle Lecarpentier, CEDIGAZ

It was a remarkable year for the global natural gas market during 2018. Natural gas supply and demand grew at their fastest pace since 2010

Shaletech: Bakken/Three Forks

Expanded core delivering new production highs after epic winter

Regional report: Russia

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Between rocks and hard places

Control valves designed/manufactured to withstand demanding offshore conditions

Andrew Prusha, Emerson Automation Solutions

New valves and piping designs mitigate the detrimental effects of HPHT conditions and extreme pressure drops, as well as severe erosion and caustic environments.

SPE Offshore Europe Preview

SPE Offshore Europe 2019 awaits you!

The SPE Offshore Europe 2019 conference and exhibition is fast approaching.

SPE Offshore Europe 2019: Breakthrough to Excellence – Our license to operate

Recognized by professionals in the upstream industry’s offshore sector as Europe’s leading E&P event, the SPE Offshore Europe (OE) Conference & Exhibition is gearing up for another year in Aberdeen, Scotland.

UKCS shows signs of upside potential

The business and operational improvements implemented during the downturn have positioned the UKCS as a much more attractive basin for E&P companies.

SPE Offshore Europe-2019 conference chairman sees exciting future ahead for UKCS

Interview with OE 2019 Chairman Michael Borrell, Senior V.P., North Sea and Russia, Total

Using integrated technologies in project development

An interview with Colette Cohen, CEO, Oil and Gas Technology Centre; and Jim Lenton, President, Upstream Integrated Solutions, Worley

Unlocking a low-carbon future

Interview with Sian Lloyd-Rees, UK country manager, and Senior V.P., Customer Management (Europe and Africa), Aker Solutions

Creating the right jobs will ensure Vision 2035 succeeds

Interview with Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, OGUK

SPE Offshore Europe gets brand new backdrop for 2019

This year, returning attendees of SPE Offshore Europe (OE) will notice some new scenery.


First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

U.S. EIA sees continued woes for Venezuelan oil output

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Timing factors that matter

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

What’s new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Big Data: Big deal

Oil and gas in the capitals

Mauro Nogarin, Contributing Editor

Latin America’s mixed picture continues

Executive viewpoint

Trygve Randen, Software Integrated Solutions

Rethinking collaboration

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Leiming Li: Facilitating a more prosperous industry

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Deepwater resurgence?

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Several months ahead of schedule, Shell Offshore Inc., a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary—alongside partner CNOOC Petroleum Offshore SA, Inc., a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited—has begun producing at its Appomattox floating production system.

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China caused crude futures to plummet 19% in May.

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Ashtead Technology has appointed James Christie as regional director, Asia-Pacific.

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Sparrows Group has won contract renewals worth an estimated £30 million on the UKCS.

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Schlumberger has released the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling (LAWD) service, providing the industry’s first application of electromagnetic (EM) technology for detecting formation features ahead of the drill bit.