August 2010 ///
At stake are greenhouse gas regulation, billions of dollars worth of tax incentives, and the development or abandonment of offshore resources.
While the offshore drilling sector remains in chaos in the political aftermath of the Macondo well blowout, it appears that US drilling on the whole is recovering nicely from the lows of 2009, due to the rebound of oil prices and continued success in the burgeoning shale plays.
The big question is: How many deepwater rigs will be left once drilling restarts?
Trends in the increasingly bifurcated rig sector include the rebound of oil-directed activity relative to gas, more horizontal drilling and stacking of smaller rigs.
Part 1 of 3: Misalignment of well objectives can complicate mitigation efforts and induce drilling hazards by limiting the ability to apply adequate hydraulic horsepower and to manage ECD.
In the late 1960s, steamflooding boosted output sevenfold at California’s Kern River Field. Today, reservoir surveillance, 3D reservoir modeling and horizontal drilling are extending the heavy oil field’s economic life for years to come.
Placing a gravel pack through existing completion tubing helped put a shut-in well back onstream after four years.
Operators are sustaining gas production and exploring the oil window as EPA conducts a hearing on fracturing and permitting becomes more difficult.
SHALE ENERGY: Developing the Barnett—Difficult directional intervals in Barnett spur development of new PDC bit design
The new cutter technology brought the advantages of PDC drilling to applications in abrasive formations that had previously required roller-cone bits.
A Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter database of the 8,158 horizontal wells with production was evaluated using the lateral length of each well.
Successful operators are responding to the market by adopting a more strategic view of the role of their supply management organizations and implementing advanced contracting strategies to manage costs and secure supply.
Under the radar, but flying high
Combative versus collaborative atmosphere
Strengthening anti-corruption compliance for the energy sector
Making history with divers, robots and a semi called Uncle John
Pakistan’s high-risk E&P sector
Rolling the dice in the shale plays
From shale gas to shale oil to oil shale
News & Resources
Liquidity Services Inc. (LSI), which provides an online marketplace for surplus assets, announced its acquisition of Network International Inc. in an all-cash transaction.
Crude oil traded in a $71–79/bbl range in June, after a volatile May, and by early July, Atlantic Basin benchmarks touched four-week lows, before rebounding to about $75 by the 12th.
Meetings and Events
Vol. 231 No. 8 Engineering, project management and construction management firm UniversalPegasus International named Gary Hymel as the Onshore Director of Business Development. Hymel has 15 years of experience in the engineering services sector of the commercial constructi
New GOM oil spill system planned by major oil companies
Industry At A Glance
International Geophysical Activity
International Rotary Rig Count
Monthly US Gas Prices and Trends ($/Mcf)
Selected World Oil Prices Graph
U.S. Geophysical Activity
U.S. Oil Production
U.S. Rotary Drilling Rigs Graph
Rotary Rigs Running in US
Workover Rig Count
US Workover Rigs
World Oil and NGL Production Table
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