The focus comes as oil and gas operators venture into new frontiers and go deeper into mature ones.

Threats to new investment stand alongside political risks to oil and gas production.

The largest problem facing hydraulic stimulation in Australia is Earth stresses—a rarely regarded problem.

The unconventional revolution is making a big impact, bringing benefits along with concerns. 


Operators in North American shale plays are using more than 5 MMlbs of frack sand per well.

Enhanced completions are migrating to shale plays across parts of North America.

Some companies have found ways to reduce freshwater use as areas with shale resources battle drought.


CNOOC Ltd. announced that the Golden Eagle Area Development (GEAD) in the U.K. North Sea commenced production.

The company may spend several billion dollars over this decade on an effort it’s calling Project 20K.

The company plans includes drilling 650 development wells in the Raniganj East Block.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

Coreflooding measures the effectiveness of water or gas injected into an oil-bearing rock sample to displace oil. This can be used to assess the potential for water flooding in an oil field, BP said in a news release.

The NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas project aims to turn waste into revenue using technology.

Better chemical formulations and lower cost, advances in laboratory analysis and higher oil prices are making chemical EOR more economically viable.

NRG has started construction on a $1 billion coal plant retrofit for the project.

Field Development

Production commenced at Mubadala Petroleum-operated Manora oil field in the northern Gulf of Thailand.

Kazakhstan’s $48 billion Kashagan oil project in the Caspian Sea will definitely resume output by 2017 after partners replace pipelines, said Arnaud Breuillac, Total SA’s president of exploration and production.

The Sharara and Elephant fields in the southwest should resume production on Nov. 12, said Mohamed Elharari, a spokesman for state-run National Oil Corp.

Platform commissioning at the Manora oil development in the northern Gulf of Thailand is well underway with hook up and commissioning nearing completion, Tap Oil said in a news release.

Sembcorp Marine announced that its subsidiary PPL Shipyard has secured a $240 million contract to build a new jackup drilling rig from BOT Lease Co. Ltd.