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California’s Monterey county loses bid to restart oil drilling ban

A coastal California county’s attempt to curb new oil and gas development suffered another blow when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down a ban on new wells and hydraulic fracturing.

Halliburton introduces iStar Intelligent Drilling and Logging Platform

Halliburton Company released the iStar Intelligent Drilling and Logging Platform, a comprehensive measurement platform comprising multiple services for greater control of drilling and logging operations.

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company and AccessESP successfully complete GoRigless ESP pilot project

The GoRigless ESP System is a proprietary through-tubing deployment and slickline-retrieval technology for AccessESP high-performance permanent magnet motors and industry-standard ESP pumps.

Apache eliminates routine gas flaring onshore U.S., completing ESG goal early

Apache Corporation has ended routine flaring in its U.S. onshore operations, achieving one of its 2021 ESG goals three months ahead of schedule.

Oil above $80 spurs a Permian shale drilling revival

Oil prices around $80 a barrel are once again spurring a revival of shale drilling in America’s biggest oil field, where production is expected to return to pre-pandemic highs within weeks.

Oil industry needs $500 billion to avoid future supply crises, says Moody’s

Oil explorers need to raise drilling budgets by 54% to more than half a trillion dollars to forestall a significant supply deficit in the next few years, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc.

UK wins Greenpeace court challenge over North Sea drilling permit

The UK won a challenge over its decision to grant BP Plc a North Sea oil permit as judges pointed to the need for the country to have diverse sources of fuel as the current energy crisis drives prices for power ever higher.

U.S. shale drillers show restraint as oil prices rally, adding to OPEC leverage

U.S. shale oil production will expand at a “modest rate” over the next 18 months even as prices touch multiyear highs, leaving OPEC in a powerful position as the world cries out for more barrels.

Schlumberger and AVEVA to advance digital solutions for oil and gas production operations

Schlumberger and AVEVA announced an agreement to integrate edge, AI and cloud digital solutions to help operators optimize oil and gas production.

Record operating costs are slowing the U.S. shale drilling revival

America’s oil producers are boosting output at a slower place as record costs hammer the shale patch, according to a survey of industry executives.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Forecasting for 95 of 105 years

Mid-Year Forecast: International operators make their way forward carefully

Cameron Wallace, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Although global oil and gas demand has recovered much of the ground lost last year, there are plenty of question marks left in the market for operators to navigate, including ESG and renewables challenges.

Mid-Year Forecast: U.S. to see uptick as crude prices climb, demand recovers

Craig Fleming, Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Despite analysts’ dire predictions about Covid-19’s short-term/long-term effects on the industry, demand and oil prices recovered significantly in second-and-third-quarter 2021. Even with consistently higher oil prices, U.S. operators showed uncharacteristic restraint, focusing on debt reduction and shrinking the DUC backlog rather than new drilling.

Engineering for the long term

Dean Carey, Logan Industries

In the oilfield, providing insight to current problems and offering foresight into potential future problems should form the bedrock of client engagement. Engineers and technicians working on a clients’ machinery should treat it as if it were their own.

In a time of change, understanding the subsurface remains critical to project success

Denis Saussus, Ikon Science

As the energy industry evolves, there is one critical constant—understanding the subsurface thoroughly. Knowledge of the underlying geology is key to successful hydrocarbon, geothermal and offshore wind projects. It also ensures the success of carbon capture/storage initiatives—digital transformation will be a key enabler going forward.

Gardner Denver High Pressure Solutions becomes GD Energy Products

Gardner Denver High Pressure Solutions has been renamed GD Energy Products to better reflect its commitment to the upstream oil and gas market.

Fossil fuel extraction limits coming, says U.S. Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suggested a sharply limited role for fossil fuel extraction on U.S. federal lands and waters in her most expansive comments yet on the administration’s overhaul of oil and gas leasing.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

A tough and hot slog

Aquaterra Energy, Lhyfe and Borr Drilling join on offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig production concept

Aquaterra Energy has signed a partnership with renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling to develop an innovative concept for offshore green hydrogen production in the North Sea.

Shell to sell Permian basin assets to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion

ConocoPhillips agreed to acquire Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Permian Basin assets for $9.5 billion in cash, accelerating the consolidation of the largest U.S. oil patch.