Exclusives

The best data in the world is useless if the mapping is incorrect.

“The World Deepwater Market Forecast,” published by energy analysts Douglas-Westwood, forecasts continued growth in the deepwater sector with annual expenditures reaching over US $24.6 billion by 2012.

Deep water brings with it demanding operating conditions for subsea equipment. A new vertical christmas tree resolves some of these challenges as it takes production to greater depths.

As a significant part of its efforts to find new resources for meeting this demand, the oil and gas industry continues to push the boundaries of deepwater exploration and development.

Software tools can help companies to improve compliance in real time, increase operational efficiencies and take advantage of new opportunities such as emissions credits trading markets.

Completion

The first service “car,” as it was known, worked in the field for seven years. By the time the vehicle was retired from service, larger and more capable trucks were performing its service tasks. The first gun perforator service truck, though, will always have a special place in oilfield history.

Successful production begins with the perfect perforation. A new 7-in. gun — the first perf gun rated to 30,000 psi — promises to lower the risks associated with perforating the world’s deepest wells in the burgeoning ultra-deepwater arena.

Closed-loop reservoir stimulation system offers operators an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods with promising production increases.

Achieving effective production rates can be challenging in aging fields. After seven years of continued improvements in both form and function, a new perforating tunnel tool is helping to increase production and extend mature reservoir life.

Dynamic surging, followed immediately by prepacking, enables more effective gravel packing for sand control and, in an example from Malaysia, improved well performance.

Drilling

Today, in our industry, it seems very pertinent because it applies to so many areas, including intelligent operations, maximized recovery capabilities, deepwater technologies and a host of other issues.

May news and analysis.

Independent restores production after hurricane’s devastation.

A successful service company has to be innovative. It has to respond to rapidly changing field demands, and it has to look ahead to develop solutions for tomorrow’s complex and challenging drilling environments. By achieving these objectives and adding capabilities through acquisitions, one service company has managed to keep its name in the business for nearly 70 years.

Who's going where in the upstream sector.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

Shell has achieved yet another milestone in the Ursa/Princess Waterflood project. First injection of water occurred on July 3, 2008, and is planned to continue for the next 30 years.

Two recent projects in Argentina demonstrate how polymer gels can be effective in improving oil recovery in mature waterfloods.

Heavy oil is difficult to mobilize and produce. Improved methodology, however, is making heavy oil production less costly.

Saudi Aramco is already using nanotechnology to measure water-oil interfaces in waterfloods and with EOR surfactants.

Field Development

A planned play development program results in high-potential for reserve additions.

Integrated operations (IO) could be the key to meeting many challenges facing the oil and gas industry, including the search for new reserves, the need to produce reservoirs more efficiently and safely, and the struggle to recruit and retain personnel.

Will FPSOs be useful in the ultra-deep water of the US Gulf of Mexico? One operator intends to answer this question first-hand.

The current price regime of crude makes it imperative that CO2 flooding scoping models account for the extra gas processing expense that comes with increased gas handling volumes and the additional revenue that comes from the highly profitable natural gas liquid (NGL) stream.

Wavefront Energy and Environmental Services Inc. ("Wavefront"), a leader in fluid injection technology for improved/enhanced oil recovery and groundwater restoration is pleased to report early Powerwave results from installations on-going since April 2008 with a Fort Worth, Texas oil producer.