October 2021 ///

Features

OPINION: The bipartisan REGROW Act is a good way to improve the environment and create high-paying jobs

Tim Tarpley, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

As Congress attempts to navigate multiple legislative priorities in a significantly partisan atmosphere, it’s important to remember there are areas where broad agreement can be found.

Flow assurance criticalities and challenges management in Zohr gas field

Mohamed Salah Elsayed, Samir Zayed, Muhammad Karam Omar, Mohamed Ahmed Tolba, Petrobel; Mohamed Nagy Negm, Hatem Mohamed Darwish, Ola Amr Hussein, Schlumberger

As multi-phase transport of oil and gas is increasingly stretched over greater distances, and access to subsea infrastructure becomes even more limited, ensuring sustainable, reliable and robust operations is vital to reducing the influence on downstream facilities.

Floating ideas on safety and risk management

Matt Tremblay, ABS

Fifty-five FPSO units in the global fleet are reaching the end of their design life in the next five years, and a further five have life extension in place. With 19 more FPSOs currently being evaluated for life extension, what are the possible safety issues from corrosion and other structural integrity concerns?

From 4IR to hydrogen: How technology can accelerate the move toward low-carbon economies

Ashraf Al Tahini, Saudi Aramco

While the upstream industry is changing, the world continues to demand large quantities of affordable energy. Balancing the delivery of this energy, while reducing and removing emissions, is a challenge that the industry can deliver on.

Digital oilfield partnerships accelerate delivery of completions innovation

Greg McDonald, Corva; Ben Dickinson, NexTier

Harnessing the digital oil field and building fit-for-purpose business analytics allows E&Ps and service companies to navigate market forces, manage the energy transition, automate processes, contain costs, reduce carbon footprint, and deliver better wells in less time.

Shaletech: Marcellus-Utica shales

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Discipline tested, as gas continues upward trajectory

Managing reservoirs with 4D seismic

Dr. Bill Shea, Sharp Reflections

By accelerating the identification and mapping of production-induced seismic changes, a new 4D feature can enable operators to increase the potential of finding hydrocarbons in poorly drained or overlooked sections of offshore reservoirs.

Gulf retired Chairman and President Robert W. Scott passes away

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Veteran oil and gas editor and publishing executive was a Houston industry icon.

OPINION: UN gives Biden a passing grade on climate – would Americans give him the same grade on the economy?

Wayne Christian, Railroad Commission of Texas

President Joe Biden – clueless as ever – is using the UN COP26 summit as an opportunity to tout “green energy” while ignoring the looming threat of a global energy shortage and pretending bad actors like China and Russia are holding up their end of the bargain.

Special Focus

Value driven MWD delivers solution for difficult HPHT environments

Kirby Wedewer, NOV

High temperatures, high pressures and/or abrasive formations can make for unmanageable conditions. A proprietary MWD technology has been developed to endure harsher downhole environments than previous measurement logging tools.

Innovative RSS design increasing efficiency of drilling more complex wellbore profiles

Lynn Christie, Alex Ngan, Brad Zukiwsky, Weatherford

As operators confront more challenging wells with increasingly complex designs and deeper depths, the industry continues to make advancements with unconventional innovations. A slim-hole RSS is delivering success in North America and Romania, while an innovative drilling strategy has enabled operators to set new performance benchmarks in the North Sea.

Advances of an industry: A case for hybrid drilling

Alex Castillo, Rolls-Royce Solutions America

Integrating diesel power generation with a battery energy storage system optimizes load profiles, lowering fuel consumption, carbon emissions and operating expenses while stabilizing power supply to improve ROI for onshore drilling contractors.

Successful introduction of the Crush & Shear™ hybrid drill bit technology in Brazil

Flavio Barreto, Halliburton; Henry J. Quinones, Eneva S.A

Innovative bit exceeds average rop of offsets and reaches total depth in a single run, in Brazil’s Parnaiba basin

Still scheduling drilling projects the old way? You’re missing out.

Owen Plowman, Actenum

Effective drilling scheduling is critical to operator success, yet many organizations are still using 1990s-era software and a cumbersome manual process that make tracking to goals difficult. Modern scheduling software yields insights into performance, and projections concerning results, which are invaluable.

Columns

The Last Barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

No longer just a byproduct of oil production, natural gas is rapidly becoming an important tool in the worldwide pursuit of carbon emissions reduction.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Thanks for the memories, Bob

Oil and gas in the Capitals

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

U.S. officials vs NATURAL GAS

What's new in Production

Willard C. (Bill) Capdevielle, P.E., Contributing Editor

Functionalized surfaces

Executive viewpoint

Jim House, Neptune Energy

We need a pragmatic approach to meeting global energy needs

The ESG perspective

Mark Patton, Hydrozonix

An operator’s and consultant’s perspective

Resources

Industry at a Glance

Craig Fleming, World Oil