WorldOil Companies in the news Danos has been awarded a contract by Shell Exploration and Production Company to provide coatings for Shell’s deepwater Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. New products and services Plenty-brand screw and vane pumps from SPX Flow are engineered to pump heavy viscous fluids, and are ideal for forced lubrication of rotating machinery and fuel transfer processes. Permian basin leads the pack Innovative completion technology helps reduce break-even prices to keep operators afloat in the Permian basin Perforating system improves stimulation results in unconventional completions Efficiently completing horizontal wells in tight formations is key to a project’s economic success. In the Permian basin, laterals are typically stimulated in zoned stages, using plug-n-perf techniques and hydraulic fracturing. When planning a perforation design, it is important to optimize several key factors to ensure results match expectations. New frac-pack additive is step change in sulfide scale control for Permian long horizontals A new sulfide scale control, frac-pack additive solved a Permian basin operator’s severe production impairment during start-up, and initial frac-fluid return, in 50-stage, hydraulically stimulated, 15,000-ft horizontal Spraberry formation wells. Permian oil production requires additional pipeline infrastructure Further expansion of oil output in the Permian basin is dependent on a number of pipelines being built or expanded. Here is a rundown of the status of various pipeline projects in the region. Enhanced understanding improves “child well” performance In U.S. shale fields, operators are attempting to improve infill well performance. In the Eagle Ford, child wells now account for about 75% of new completions. Infill drilling is ramping up in the Permian, which hosts half of all U.S. drilling. Copper alloy coupling reduces rod failures, boosts well efficiency An advanced sucker rod coupling is optimizing virtually every aspect of rod lift efficiency, and increasing productivity in unconventional plays. Fourth-generation drill pipe connection enhances land drilling, reduces pipe maintenance A two-year RandD drilling program addresses a new onshore paradigm, enhances performance and improves economics. Precise prediction of hydrocarbon burn efficiency is now possible From the early days of dynamite to advanced well control systems, significant advances have been made in fire suppression and blow out prevention in the oil and gas industry. Maintaining asset integrity during hurricane season Use of simulation twins can protect floating assets during hurricane season. Intending to be a global supplier, the region endures output disruptions Despite ongoing conflict throughout West Africa, the region’s energy sector continues to make progress toward becoming a leading global oil and gas supplier. Operators and service firms collaborate through ground-breaking subsea technology Collaboration is the driving force of the global oil and gas industry, as it faces mounting pressure to increase efficiencies, maximize production and streamline processes, both offshore and onshore. First oil Consent given to fracing first onshore, horizontal well in the UK Energy issues A mixed bag What’s new in exploration A.I. is just that, artificial— don’t make it a deity Drilling advances Sensing doubts What’s new in production Into the weeds Executive viewpoint Executive viewpoint Innovative thinkers Philippe Herve: Guiding the point of sail for AI in oil and gas The last barrel Entrepreneurial spirit World of oil and gas After successfully drilling the Arsaga 25-2 exploration well, Petro River Oil Corp. announced the discovery of its largest oil field to date. Industry at a glance Crude benchmarks posted four straight weekly declines in July, despite an unexpected halt of Saudi shipments after an attack on two of its oil tankers in the Red Sea. People in the industry Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has named Mitch Ingram, formerly executive V.P., international and deepwater operations and project management, to the post of executive V.P., international, deepwater and exploration.