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Companies in the news

Steven McGinn

Companies in the news

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng

Norwegian dilemmas

First oil

Pramod Kulkarni

Price vs. value of crude oil and designer handbags

Shale gas: Industry revolution or public revolt?

Paul Taylor

Shale gas has proven its worthiness through a revolution of E&P activity over the last decade, particularly in the U.S. Yet, the question remains, can it prevail beyond current, low commodity prices, as well as environmental/public controversies, specifically in Europe?

Drilling a 6-in. lateral in underbalanced conditions while ensuring effective hole cleaning

Toni Miszewski

Coiled tubing (CT) drilling offers an economical alternative to conventional, jointed pipe drilling when accessing mature and low-yield fields. A 40% reduction in cost can be achieved by CT’s ability to drill continuously, mobilize faster, reduce rig time, and require fewer preparations.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

On thorns, birds, bats et al

Risk-based process could optimize BOP maintenance

Rui Quadrado, Kjersti Eggum, Joar Haaland, Gjermund Våge

A joint industry project (JIP) aims to develop a risk-based maintenance approach for BOPs that will retain regulatory goals and standards, yet optimize the process to reduce cost, while increasing availability and uptime.

Mapping-while-drilling technology doubles net pay in complex North Sea reservoir

Uche Ezioba, Soazig Leveque, Christophe Dupuis, Graham Raeper

Thin injectite sand reservoirs in the North Sea have highly erratic boundaries with adjacent formations.

Oil and gas in the capitals

Dr. Øystein Noreng

How robust is Norway’s petroleum industry?

Executive viewpoint—Bennett

Graham Bennett

New EU Directive recognizes regime model for safe offshore operations

Hard stats show greener oil and gas in Italy

Roberto Mezzalama

As the quantifying of environmental impacts becomes increasingly important for the oil and gas industry, a report from Golder Associates commends Italy’s environmental performance.

UK Continental Shelf at a crossroads

Alexander G. Kemp

The UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is at a crossroads in its long-term evolution, as recent measures of activity present a mixed picture. Production has been falling at a brisk pace, reaching 1.45 MMboed in 2013. This is far below the peak of 4.5 MMboed in 1999. This is due to several factors, particularly the natural and inevitable decline in output from mature fields, the falling, average size of new field discoveries and development, and the fall in production efficiency. Production efficiency is the ratio of output to the maximum attainable rate, taking into account the need for regular maintenance. This ratio has fallen from 81% in 2004 to 61% in 2012, and reflects the substantial increase in downtime from technical problems in producing facilities. This problem is present in very old, and not-so-old, platforms.

2015: More politically friendly, but less economically secure

John T. Rynd

Like every year, 2015 will bring its share of surprises and unpredictable events. A year ago, the politics of the mid-term elections dominated much of the energy-related discussion. Notice I said “discussion,” because decisions were hard to come by, with a divided Congress and White House.

High-alloy austenitic stainless steels prove worth in sour gas fields

Kukuh Soerowidjojo Ir.

Rising oil prices and market growth are enabling energy companies to extract oil and gas from ever-deeper waters.

International Offshore Rigs

International Offshore Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs

International Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph

International Rotary Rig Count

International Rotary Rig Count

World Oil and NGL Production

World Oil and NGL Production Table

World of oil and gas

Melanie Cruthirds

World of oil and gas

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Some federal “fixes” are anything but that

What's new in production

Henry Terrell

Outside of North America, is there hope for tight oil?