May 2018

Cover Story

Three leading operators explain how they are driving down the cost of developing challenging offshore fields and finding ways to recover more reserves.

Decades of technology advances laid the foundation for the world’s deepest producing oil and gas field.

As I See It

The modern day petroleum industry—making the impossible possible for more than 150 years—embraces the millennia-old challenge of changing for the better.

Industry Pulse

Taking the leap from concept to placement on the market is not impossible with help from ‘dragon’ investors.

World View

A focus returns to the West African country as its government relaxes hydrocarbon code.

Saudi Aramco’s Nasser downplays emergence of alternative fuel vehicles.

Market Intelligence

Integrating real-time rig data and reservoir properties requires a holistic approach.

Exploration Technologies

Some of the world’s most prolific basins were discussed at a recent conference.

Drilling Technologies

An independent inks a drillship contract as part of its exploratory campaign offshore Namibia’s storied coast.

Completions and Production

Solar steam production unlocks heavy oil in the Middle East.

Offshore Advances

The cost of safely removing offshore assets from service has given rise to investment in decommissioning technologies.


A new active control device design eliminates the need for conventional rotating control devices in deepwater applications.

Understanding what makes super basins work will be key to unlocking the ultimate potential of these areas.

Water-based PPD dispersion helps tackle deposit challenges in cold regions.

Recent activities point to increasing unconventional resource development outside of North America.

JIPs, new products and advanced research combine to improve spill prevention and oil recovery.

Operators gain production control and increase flow assurance through sand monitoring.

A new valve design and enhanced condition monitoring system lowers total cost of ownership.

Inquiry finds that hydraulic fracturing could be safely managed in the Northern Territory.

New developments in geoscience and regional understanding can help reduce risk.

Shale Solutions

Microseismic analysis shows potential for better returns in the San Andres Formation of the Permian Basin’s Central Basin Platform.

Offshore Solutions

A new design offers offshore operators an economical and reusable solution for field development.

Operator Solutions

A new optimization platform leverages digital technologies to elevate production performance.

Unconventional Report

Enhanced completions fuel basin’s steady production.

Tech Watch

Smart wireline tools help improve downhole performance with real-time data.

Digital Solutions

New self-service analytics tools allow SMEs to analyze, monitor and predict process and asset performance.

Improvements in AI, sensors and data highways will provide increased operational efficiencies moving forward.

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technologies and services designed for the upstream oil and gas industry.

International Highlights

Check out the latest international news highlights.

On The Move

Check out the latest new hires, promotions and other company news.

Last Word

Implementing the cloud for hydraulic fracturing must include all the stakeholders.

MEA Innovations

An expert panel of judges has selected the top 14 industry projects that open new and better avenues to the complicated process of finding and producing hydrocarbons around the world.