Exclusives

The new year’s natural gas market has cooled off as winter temperatures have heated up, according to Stratas Advisor's latest outlook.

The Atlantis Phase 3 project will include constructing a new subsea production system from eight new wells that will be tied to the existing platform, BP said.

Operational flexibility and efficiencies drive hydraulic fracturing innovations.

Pilot tests validate a fouling-resistant degasification technology that eliminates dissolved gas species from produced water.

A new RSS that features an integrated steering unit and MWD survey package that includes azimuthal gamma ray geosteering delivers results in the Marcellus.

Completion

Composite and dissolvable plugs combine for optimal economics.

The same challenges the industry worked to solve decades ago are still the ones it faces today.

An enabling dialogue lists what a dissolving fracture plug brings to the market.

Hess anticipates the completions design will help grow its Bakken production to about 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2021.

Russian oil output stood at 11.37 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in November, down from the post-Soviet record high of 11.41 million bpd that it reached in October, Energy Ministry data showed on Dec.2.

Drilling

Drillers cut four oil rigs in the week to Jan. 11, bringing the total count down to 873, Baker Hughes, a GE company, said in its closely followed report.

Canacol Energy Ltd. has provided the results of the Nelson 13 well along with the company’s drilling plans for 2019 on Jan. 8.

Aker Energy, as the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) Block, announced Jan. 10 that it is about to complete a successful drilling operation of the Pecan-4A appraisal well offshore Ghana.

Sound Energy on Jan. 7 provided an update on the company’s TE-10 exploration well following the identification of gas bearing sands within and below the currently mapped TAGI structural closure, which potentially materially de-risks the stratigraphic upside in North East Lakbir in the company’s Greater Tendrara license area.

Libya's closed Sharara oilfield is expected to lose 8,500 barrels per day (bbl/d) to looting, state oil company NOC said Jan. 3.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

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Occidental Petroleum’s Oman subsidiary is among the latest companies that have inked agreements with GlassPoint Solar, a technology company that uses solar energy to create steam to power EOR.

With the rapid growth of produced water and infrastructure constraints operators have to find new ways to tackle it.

Fourteen companies have expressed interest in oil and natural gas exploration and development contracts to be auctioned by Iraq on April 25, the oil ministry in Baghdad said on April 14.

Hunting Plc, the international energy services company, said March 26 it has signed a collaboration agreement with U.S.-based EOR company, Titan Oil Recovery Inc.

With a well test underway, one independent energy company works to decipher the Bakken’s EOR secrets.

Field Development

CNOOC Ltd. announced Jan. 16 that Huizhou 32-5 oilfield comprehensive adjustment/Huizhou 33-1 oilfield joint development project has commenced production.

The steps are being taken after BP drilled only one of the four wells it was required to drill within six years of the effective date of its exploration licenses for the land, the petroleum board said in a Jan. 15 news release.

The plan, which was submitted to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), involves using water injection for pressure support and drilling seven new wells targeting the Shetland Group reservoir, which lies above the field’s main reservoir.

LLOG said it plans to bring online four development wells from the Who Dat, Mandy and Red Zinger fields plus five wells from three new fields—Stonefly, Buckskin and Nearly Headless Nick—in 2019.

President Trump on Jan. 9 nominated acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to run the agency permanently, the White House said, placing a former energy lobbyist at the helm of the nation's top environmental regulator.