July 2018

Cover Story

An integrated system enables compliance with new OSHA dust regulations.

A new sliding sleeve fracturing tool addresses limitations of single-point entry systems.

Improvements began with building reliability and performance into pressure pumping systems.

Emerging technologies tackle issues with longer laterals and increased water demand.

Longer laterals drive demand higher.

An ultrahigh-specification rig with three high-horsepower mud pumps is making long lateral wells a reality in the Permian.

An integrated workflow expands the understanding of depletion and lateral coverage for multiwell pads.

As I See It

A special report presented facts, analysis and neutrality on the potential for development of global unconventional resources.

Industry Pulse

Program identifies risks in work locations and ensures personnel are trained to safely work in any environment.

World View

Operators use science to help further tweak their development plans in the Permian Basin.

Market Intelligence

Chemical producers promote integrated approach that benefits the life of the well.

Exploration Technologies

Not everything in Mexico’s exploration blocks up for bid will be prospective, but operators are off to a fine start.

Drilling Technologies

With the successful installation of the drilling topsides onto its jacket, a history-making NCS project draws closer to first oil.

Completions and Production

Two new projects emerge as the Canadian government initiates a development plan.

Offshore Advances

Transparency and competitive fiscal terms encourage foreign investment.

Special Report

In this special section E&P highlights some of the latest products and technologies for shale and examines how they will benefit companies in their ongoing search for improved production and more effective operating techniques.


A change in cutter layout on a drillbit improved engagement with formation rock.

Renaissance Oil Corp. got an early foot in the door to develop these potentially giant fields.

The geometry of a PDC cutter customized to rock type delivered an improved ROP.

Two new variations of raised profile cutters deliver impressive results in the Delaware Basin and Stack resource plays.

Integrated technologies allow operators to make informed decisions on well integrity.

Collaboration leads to advances in FPSO technology.

Newbuild orders, contracts and redeployments reflect improved market conditions.

Effective production optimization starts with good data.

A successful application of engineered flowback services in unconventional wells reduces completion damage and improves performance.

Advancements in expandable liners provide more options.

An RCP/Wintershall venture examines usefulness of multicomponent data.

An Eagle Ford operator reduces completion costs by increasing stage length.

Offshore Solutions

A retrievable inflatable bridge plug was used for thru-tubing intervention in the deepwater GoM.

Operator Solutions

Breaking down traditional barriers between ESP and production chemical teams is providing better production solutions.

Unconventional Report

Despite transportation issues, Canada remains a top global producer.

Tech Watch

Production intelligence can help optimize oil and gas equipment performance and predict failures.

Digital Solutions

Digital twins help extend the life of producing assets.

Tech Trends

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

International Highlights

Check out the latest activity highlights from around the world.

On The Move

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

Last Word

Are we getting ahead of ourselves before we have the right data?

MEA Innovations

The E&P editors and staff proudly presented the winners of the 2018 Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation at the Offshore Technology Conference in May.