November 2020 ///

Special Report: Analysis of Brazil’s O&G Sector

All-in for the Brazilian oil and gas industry

Ricardo Giamattey, Bruce Crager

Part 2: In this second and final installment, the authors examine a potential rebuilding of onshore production, the likely need for some offshore decommissioning, and the status of the country’s alternative fuels.

Special Focus

Advances in seal technology drive down operating costs for chemical injection

Terry Moffat, Curtis Jabusch

Modern sealing technologies can reduce maintenance on chemical injection pumps. A case study of over 10,000 pumps shows that new, technically advanced seals outperform traditional packing seals by an order of magnitude.

Buy time, digitalize and transition

Duncan Micklem

An extremely challenging economic environment is driving digital transformation across the oil and gas industries—but it doesn’t need to happen all at once. Companies can realize major top-line and bottom-line improvements, by thinking big but starting small and scaling up, using digital twins.

The oil field gets digitalized with fast ROIs

Manoj Nimbalkar

Operators cash-in near-perfect asset efficiency and long-term value


Troublesome or trustworthy—how to ensure digital twins truly deliver value

Kjell Eriksson

Operators require proof that digital twins can be trusted and will deliver value over time. Two companies have partnered to develop a methodology for qualifying the quality and integrity of the technology.

Understanding collapse resistance of casing strings with different cementing configurations

Raffaello Zambetti, Simone Malesani, Paolo Novelli, Luca Paolo Bianchini, Fabio Parrozza, Valentina Gibilterra, Loredana Orlando, Ivan Codognotto

The limited knowledge of impact of salt-induced loads on structural integrity often leads to overly conservative well design. To gain insight into these phenomena, engineers conducted a series of full-scale tests to fully understand collapse resistance.

Transforming during the downturn: How energy companies can thrive after Covid-19

Jim Nyquist

The industry must adapt to address new and unforeseen challenges in market demand, staffing and worker health and safety. Digital transformation is a requirement to keep businesses alive while ensuring the most efficient and sustainable use of resources.

Regional Report: The Arctic

Mike Slaton

In the Arctic Circle, oil and gas interests are often a study of polar opposites. To some it looks like riches; for others, potential ruin.

Well abandonment—“Make it go away”

Rob Hull

The time has come for a coordinated industry strategy to address the problem of orphan wells.

Looking to the future: The industry’s post-Covid transformation

Gary Traylor

Oil and gas organizations are looking increasingly to embrace technology and improve processes to move further down the path toward transformation in a post-Covid world. To accomplish these objectives will require structure, pragmatism and agility while navigating the road ahead.

NETL advances water treatment

Jared Ciferno

The U.S. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is funding four projects for cost-shared R&D in produced water treatment.


Drilling Advances

Jim Redden

The blunt truth

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

To drill or not to drill, that is the question!

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

An American patriot

Executive viewpoint

Liv A. Hovem

A carbon conundrum for oil and gas

Water management

Mark Patton

Where do we go from here?

First oil

Kurt Abraham

No final decision…yet


Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming