October 2019 ///

Special Focus

Innovation is key to drilling longer laterals

John Evans, Catherine Sampson, Gyrodata

Innovative drilling solutions must use specific combinations of high-performance drilling motors, RSS and MWD to accurately and efficiently drill significantly longer laterals.

RSS with resistivity capabilities delivers superior real-time LWD measurements

Kirby Wedewer, NOV

With persistent calls for an increase in capital returns, hitting the sweet spot is now one of drilling’s most critical tasks.

Custom low-ECD reservoir drilling fluid solves complex field challenges

Claire Webber, Halliburton; Marc Langford, Spirit Energy

A bespoke non-aqueous drilling fluid system developed through a reservoir-centric collaborative process eliminated pack-off problems and sidetracking for a lower-cost, high-productivity well.

Longer, heavier casing, rig time key targets of landing string buoyancy system

Christopher E. Von Eberstein, William H. Von Eberstein, Landing String Solutions, LLC

Up to 80% of landing string weight can be offset using a buoyancy module system.


Manufacturers introduce new bit technologies to improve drilling economics

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Declining U.S. drilling activity and significant reductions in OFS stock prices over the past year are starting to take a toll on R&D efforts. Despite the slowdown, some manufacturers have launched new technologies designed to increase ROP and lengthen bit life in different types of formations.

Storied oilman T. Boone Pickens dies at 91

Staff, World Oil

The takeover pioneer who famously explained “it’s cheaper to look for oil on the floor of the NYSE than in the ground,” Pickens expanded his interests into renewables, in a bid to establish America’s energy independence.

Improved well economics through formation water reduction technology

Adam K. Harper, Hexion Inc.

New case study data from the Permian basin show how an operator reduced water disposal costs and improved oil production.

Niobrara-Codell shale: Record production amidst regulatory mélange

Staff, World Oil

Optimizing E&P using strategic criteria and new geophysical technologies

Eduardo Trinchero, Luis Vernengo, Pan American Energy LLC

Efficiently identifying potential hydrocarbon bearing formations is becoming more challenging. The use of updated technologies is essential to recognize new reserves and reduce development costs. Incorporating innovative analysis methods is increasing the probability of success.

Regional report: MENA

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Leading producers plan to increase output, replace reserves

The path to oilfield efficiency is digital

Manoj Nimbalkar, Weatherford

There are many compelling reasons for operators to harness the power of next-generation digital technologies, all offering the potential to improve oilfield productivity significantly.

Rising to the challenge of external corrosion

Bruce Mackenzie, Oceaneering International, Inc.

Inflow control proves helpful for Troll

Tendeka, Tendeka

Use of AICDs has shown that it can significantly increase oil production, extend well life, and lead to greater ultimate oil recovery in a veteran field offshore Norway.


First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Canadian companies look southward for business

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Exploration is back to the future

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, World Oil

Steadier as she goes

What's new in production

Don Francis, World Oil

The (not so) new oil

Oil and gas in the capitals

Øystein Noreng, World Oil

Challenges to dollar oil pricing

Executive Viewpoint

Karr Ingham, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Alliance takes on oilfield water issues in Texas

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

LNG players jockey for position

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

A waterflood project has been sanctioned at St. Malo field, about 280 mi south of New Orleans. The project, which is Chevron’s first in the deepwater Wilcox trend, is expected to contribute an estimated recovery of more than 175 MMboe.

Industry at a glance

Saudi Arabia’s oil production was cut by half after explosive drones struck the kingdom’s largest crude-processing plant. The attack caused Brent futures to jump $11.70/bbl to $72/bbl, immediately after the bombing.

People in the industry

Ronald J. (Ron) Bitto, a long-time oil and gas professional and World Oil contributing editor, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 30, 2019, after a brief illness at age 67.

Companies in the news

BP has awarded a contract to Sparrows Group for delivery of deck operations services on the UKCS. The contract win is expected to make Sparrows the single point of contact for all lifting and handling operations across the region’s Andrew, Clair Ridge, ETAP (pictured) and Glen Lyon platforms.

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