July 2021 ///


Opinion: Council says heat wave underscores need for smart energy policy

Tim Tarpley

The threat of lost power—and the accompanying stress and angst—are the result of energy policy decisions unmoored to reality. A sensible and realistic energy plan would acknowledge not only the need for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but also improving the affordability, reliability and resilience of our nation’s electric grid.

Analytics drive operational excellence for business and digital transformation

Jared Hartness

Sustainable analytics-driven operational excellence programs can help companies to align business objectives and strategies to balance priorities and manage risks, while helping to achieve digital transformation goals.

Data driven analytics identify drilling sites close to existing infrastructure

Eirik Larsen

A collaborative cloud environment brings new insights to old concepts, captures expertise, and increases agility of data interpretation. The process can identify missed pay opportunities and trigger new exploration activity in mature areas.

Increased M&A activity triggered by commodity price volatility

David Levitt

An analysis compares previous M&A trends with the recovery currently underway in the OFS sector and commodities markets.

Novel rig equipment reduces downtime, improves HSE

Thomas Renner

A plastic e-loop cable carrier, made from polymer components and non-metallic rope, is replacing problematic service loops to reduce NPT and increase cable life.

Milestones: OEC’s Mourton retires after 21 years at the helm

Kurt Abraham

After serving 21 exemplary years as Executive Director of the Oilfield Energy Center, as well as previous long-term work in oilfield sales, Sandra Mourton has retired. Here is a retrospective of her years of service and how she built OEC into what it is today.

Exclusive Interview: Siemens Energy’s Brath says progress being made offshore on energy storage, grids and digitalization

Bjørn Einar Brath

Here is one industry leader’s candid assessment of steps being taken offshore to address ESG and sustainability goals in operations.

Perception of female engineers has improved considerably over the years, says DNV’s Moyo

“Traditionally the energy industry was male-dominated, and the balance is being re-addressed. I think we need to make engineering an attractive option for all genders. In that way, diversity of thought will shine through,” said Anna Moyo, Senior Approval Engineer at DNV in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Opinion: Biden’s personnel madness in Washington continues


The Biden administration continues to nominate people for senior positions that all seem to hate oil and gas. If one were bent on destroying the U.S. oil and gas industry, you’d be hard put to nominate people more diabolically effective at doing it than “Joltin’ Joe’s” (apologies to the last Joe Dimaggio) cast of characters.

Tendeka’s Stewart sees increase in female upstream engineers, but more could be utilized

“There is still a significant gender imbalance when it comes to engineering graduates. So, for me, the change in mindset needs to happen in early education, so that more females are choosing to major in engineering,” said Suzanne Stewart, Vice President for Technology at Tendeka.

Special Focus

Implementation of Hydraulic Completion Units (HCUs) in the Permian basin: A new innovative completion technology

Benjamin Krane, Matthew DeFriend, Heberto Garza, Joseph Frantz, Jr., Matt Tourigny, Jared Griffith

HCUs have improved the drill-out metrics in high-pressure and extended-lateral wells since entering the Permian in 2019. With increasing well complexity, operators began using this new HCU technology as a safe, viable way to complete Midland and Delaware basin wells.

Improving hydraulic fracturing through NETL field laboratory projects

Jared Ciferno, Gary Covatch, Jordan Ciezobka

Hydraulic fracturing test sites in the Permian basin and Eagle Ford shale will conduct research to enhance the environment, improve safety and increase production.

A progressive approach: Why the Permian basin tells us all we need to know about methane emissions management

Ben Linke

Permian basin oil and gas companies are taking action and driving change—adopting technologies that not only reduce fuel and operational costs, but that also help reduce emissions and protect the planet.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

The madness in Washington, D.C., continues

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Don Quixote, “Not enough windmills.”

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

All together now

Water management

Mark Patton

Automation and oil field water management

Executive viewpoint

Mark Le Dain

The fastest path to emissions reduction? Oil and gas

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

U.S. suffering under Biden’s green policies


Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming