WorldOil ConocoPhillips’ Greg Leveille sees rapid trajectory of technical advancement continuing In an exclusive interview with World Oil Editor-in-Chief Kurt Abraham, ConocoPhillips Chief Technology Officer Greg Leveille discusses the technical issues facing global EandP, particularly as relates to the many U.S. unconventional plays RSS design aimed at a growing scope of directional drilling demands A novel rotary steerable system addresses maintenance, downhole motors, and hole geometry in a new light. What's new in production Hits and misses Emerge Energy Services, Chesapeake sign sand supply agreement Emerge Energy Services LP has announced that its subsidiary Superior Silica Sands LLC has signed a new agreement with Chesapeake Energy Corporation covering frac sand supplied from Superior's San Antonio mine in South Texas. U.S. Eagle Ford oil growth to stall in 2019 amid weak prices Drillers in the Eagle Ford, Texas’s other shale oil patch, will likely scale back activity in 2019 as lower crude prices eat into cash flows. Conoco sees U.S. shale growth at 25% in 2019, even as oil slides ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent oil producer, sees shale production growing 25% next year even as crude prices tumble, proving the industry’s resilience in volatile markets, said CEO Ryan Lance. Chesapeake adds to southeast Texas holdings with $3.9-billion buy Chesapeake Energy’s acquisition of WildHorse Resource Development for about $3.977 billion will add operations in the Eagle Ford shale and Austin Chalk formations of southeast Texas. Denbury to acquire Penn Virginia in $1.7 billion transaction Denbury Resources Inc. and Penn Virginia Corporation have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Denbury will acquire Penn Virginia in a transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including the assumption of debt. Laredo Energy VI weighs sale worth up to $300 million Laredo Energy VI LP, a private-equity backed natural gas explorer in the Eagle Ford Shale of south Texas, is exploring a sale that could value the company at as much as $300 million, according to people familiar with the matter. NOV opens new service center for customers in the Eagle Ford National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has announced the opening of a new service center in Pleasanton, Texas. The new center, which is the ninth Quality Tubing facility of its kind, is strategically located to service coiled tubing customers in the Eagle Ford shale play.