Current Issue: November 2016 ///

Special Focus

Well integrity in production operations: Five trends shaping the future

Don Dressler, Brian O'Sullivan, Enterprise Performance Group

Five trends in well integrity (WI) for production operations have emerged, with significant implications for the industry’s future direction.

Method proves itself for field monitoring of asphaltene treatment programs

David Jennings, Kung-Po Chao, Baker Hughes

As shown in a case study at a North American field with a CO2 – Water Alternating Gas (WAG) flood operation, this anticipated line reduction method for field monitoring now provides operators an additional tool for managing and optimizing asphaltene treatment programs.

Features

Delivering well integrity through secure connections

Britani Gallagher, Scott Sivewright, Keith Won, Weatherford

Well integrity, the overarching driver in the industry’s quest to achieve safe, efficient and long-term production, is achieved by efficiently establishing critical well barriers, including proper mud weight and casing/cement, that provide reliable isolation and mitigate the risk of an uncontrolled release of formation fluids.

Global rig utilization at record low levels, U.S. land activity will rebound in 2017

Carlos Huerta, National Oilwell Varco

International land and global offshore rig demand continues to drift lower, as markets seek to rebalance. The North American land rig market is slowly improving, after finding a cyclical bottom in late May.

A systems approach to coring improves operations

Alan Norrie, Claire Kennedy, National Oilwell Varco

Coring operations require careful planning to prevent operational risks and unbudgeted costs. The latest technology combats these issues and leads to quality coring operations.

Subsea efficiency in harsh environments

Vibesh Ravindran, Expro

Efficient subsea safety systems isolate a well in a controlled manner during exploration, completion and intervention. By utilizing a landing string system (LSS), non-productive time (NPT) is reduced significantly during shutdown, disconnect or drive-off, by providing controlled isolation of the wellbore and associated hydrocarbons. The LSS facilitates critical hydraulic and electrical feed-through to subsurface completion components. This yields potential rig time savings of 24-plus hr in shallow water, and up to 48 hr in deep water.

Regional Report: Permian Basin

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

In a dark market, the Permian basin keeps the light on

ShaleTech: Argentina/Mexico shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Unleashing potential hinges on government policies

Completion capabilities expanded by ball-activated technology in Argentina

Federico A. Silva, Emiliano Lopez, Packers Plus Energy Services

Packers Plus has been at the forefront of multi-stage ball-activated completions in Argentina since 2007.

Placing a “price on carbon”: A great theory, but a terrible idea

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

Any such system established by the federal government will become subject to too much bureaucratic control and thus act as an economic drag.

Columns

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Newfoundland continues to exude promise

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Systemic analysis shows a failure of systems to match up

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Between a rock and hot place

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Trial separation

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Umbilicals are key enablers for subsea production

Oil and gas in the capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

Indonesia has a new oil and gas strategy

Executive viewpoint

Neil Saunders, GE Oil & Gas

Looking to the future of subsea processing

Innovative thinkers

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Brian Richards: Inventing a way out

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

It ain’t going away

News & Resources

World of oil and gas

Roger Jordan, World Oil

World of oil and gas

Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Industry at a glance

People in the industry

Emily Querubin, World Oil

People in the industry

Companies in the news

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Companies in the news

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

World Oil Awards

A World of Innovative Achievements | Winners & Finalists

Emily Querubin, World Oil

The 2016 World Oil Awards honored those “Rising to the Challenge” during a difficult period for the upstream oil and gas industry.