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TAM introduces V0-rated cementing port collar

TAM International, an independent oilfield services company providing inflatable and swellable packers, has introduced a new V0-rated cementing port collar to complement their extensive cement integrity product line.

New approach to valve testing in subsea wells could save millions, DNV GL says

Reducing expenditure while continuing to improve safety and reduce risk is a key driver for the oil and gas industry, especially in today’s cost constrained environment.

WPX Energy to increase Williston basin activity

WPX Energy plans to increase its activity in the Williston basin during the second half of 2015 by resuming completions and increasing its rig count from one to three before year-end.

Main theme of ONS 2016: Transition

The main theme of ONS 2016 has been decided. Transition will set the scene for the conference when the world’s energy industry gets together for ONS 2016.

Coretrax invests in new base in United Arab Emirates

Coretrax has strengthened its position in the Middle East by opening an office in Abu Dhabi, its fourth base in the region.

Tendeka wins Austrian sandface completion contract

Tendeka has secured a contract with an international oil and gas company for the installation of sand face completion technology in Austria.

Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes to cooperate on early-phase oil, gas studies

Aker Solutions and Baker Hughes have agreed to cooperate on early-phase studies to help customers improve the overall economics and value of oil and gas field developments.

Next threat to U.S. shale: Interest expense on $235 billion debt

The debt that fueled the U.S. shale boom now threatens to be its undoing.

IADC ’15: Weatherford releases IntegraLine liner system with swage technology

Weatherford International has announced the commercial release of the IntegraLine liner system with swage technology at the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) World Drilling 2015 Conference and Exhibition.

CARBO proppant technologies prove worth in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON -- CARBO Ceramics Inc. has announced the successful application of two of its innovative proppant technologies, KRYPTOSPHERE HD and SCALEGUARD, for a major E&P operator in the Gulf of Mexico's Lower Tertiary trend, marking the largest and deepest job for these proprietary technologies to date.

Halliburton introduces Illusion frac plug

HOUSTON -- Halliburton’s Completion Tools business line, a long-standing industry leader in total composite plug technology, has introduced the Illusion frac plug, the only fully dissolvable frac plug on the market.

Cuadrilla set to get go-ahead to drill at UK shale site

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd., the driller whose fracing ambitions have sparked protests in the UK, took a step closer to sinking a shale-gas well in northwest England as council planners backed the project.

Statoil awards Johan Sverdrup contracts to Odfjell Drilling

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license, has awarded two contracts, at a total value of more than NOK 4.35 billion, to Odfjell Drilling for drilling wells on Johan Sverdrup field.

Merit of flow-control devices in SAGD oil recovery evaluated

Use of flow-control devices (FCDs) is the latest trend in SAGD oil recovery practices, according to a paper presentation during the SPE Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary this week.

Lundin finds oil, gas with Alta appraisal wells in Barents Sea

Lundin Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway has successfully completed the drilling of appraisal well 7220/11-2 and sidetrack 7220/11-2 A in the western part of the Alta discovery in PL609, in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway.

Two-thirds of North Sea operators canned projects due to oil slump, survey finds

Two-thirds of North Sea oil and gas industry operators (67%) have been forced to cancel projects because of the recent fall in oil price, according to an industry report published Thursday.

Do data mining methods work? A Wolfcamp shale case study

Ming Zhong, Randy LaFollette, Baker Hughes; Jared Schuetter, Srikanta Mishra, Battelle Memorial Institute

Several univariate and multivariate statistical and machine learning methods were used to predict the production quality of Permian basin, Wolfcamp shale wells. Consistent with other data mining studies, univariate linear methods are shown to be much less robust than multivariate non-linear methods, which tend to produce more reliable results.

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Geopolymer alternatives to cement

Maersk Training signs global training agreement with Seadrill

Maersk Training has entered into an agreement with Seadrill, one of the largest drilling companies in the world.

America’s shale oil boom grinding to halt as OPEC stands pat

The shale oil boom that turned the U.S. into the world’s largest fuel exporter and brought $3 gasoline back to America’s pumps is grinding to a halt.