January 2022 ///


Op-Ed: Africa needs energy banks to preserve its oil and gas sector

NJ Ayuk

For more than a year, the African Energy Chamber has been pushing back against steadily building pressure to halt new foreign investments in Africa’s oil and gas industry.

Op-Ed: Texas’ top energy resolutions for 2022

Wayne Christian

The new year is shaping up to be an important time for the energy security of our state and nation, and while there are many important issues to face, here are my top five energy resolutions for 2022.

Agents of change: Oilfield service companies drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution in oil and gas


Modern, open-architecture programming is unlocking the value of upstream data to deliver more efficient, and safer, workflows that meet the objective of improving return on investment.

World Oil editorial: Newfoundland and Labrador province inexplicably ceases seismic funding

Kurt Abraham

Sooner or later in this type of job (editor), even the few governmental officials that you thought were good will eventually disappoint you.

Automating well control for managed pressure drilling operations

Bryan Atchison, Chad Wuest

Automation of drilling operations minimizes safety risks while increasing efficiency. Targeting well control operations provides meaningful advances to operational performance and risk reduction.

Ranking anti-agglomerant efficiency for gas hydrates through molecular dynamic simulations

Scot Bodnar, Jonathan Wylde, Juan Sarria, Remi Petuya, Stephan Mohr

Computational methods were used to assess the capacity of four surfactant molecules. The experimental assessment, based on rocking cell measurements, determined the minimum effective dose necessary to inhibit agglomeration, enabling an efficient funnel for molecular optimization and customization.

Upcoming EPA regulations open the door for innovative methane detection technologies

Stefan Bokaemper, Robert Ward

Upcoming EPA methane regulations are far-reaching and will have a major impact on upstream and midstream operations. Analysis reveals that new technologies may help to reduce operators’ regulatory burden while detecting more emissions than periodic hand-held optical gas inspections.

Building a better shale well with biosurfactants improves production and ROI

Martin Shumway

Utilizing environmentally friendly bio-based surfactants that provide mechanisms of action, which surpass traditional petroleum-based products, U.S. operators are improving crude output while increasing total well lifecycle.

Giving control back to the driller: Fully integrated MPD systems

Mike Vander Staak

A comprehensive suite of products advances drilling with excellent, integrated capabilities

Big Data: What is a significant sample size?

Gavin Ward

At the risk of writing the shortest ever technical article, the answer is 30 or more.

Special Focus

Natural gas-powered direct-drive turbines reduce GHG emissions, improve efficiency during fracing

Dan Fu, Warren Zemlak, Caleb Barclay, Tony Yeung

Increased industry demand for lower emissions, improved operational efficiency and reliability, and competitive capital cost structure, all call for innovative thinking in hydraulic equipment design and engineering. Direct-drive turbine technology has been proven to take up the challenges.

Digitizing operations increases completion efficiency, addresses environmental and cost challenges

Jose Garza

As fracturing intensities continue to push component capabilities, a system-level approach is required to further enhance operational efficiencies. An innovative completion technology ecosystem has delivered OPEX savings and QHSE improvement through system integration, automation and digital control capabilities.


First oil

Kurt Abraham

Newfoundland and Labrador inexplicably ceases seismic funding

What's new in exploration

William (Bill) Head

Exploration: Not dead

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden

Ditching diesel for clean options

Water management

Mark Patton

Whole lotta shaking going on

Executive viewpoint

Jason Jennaro

Shaky ground: Railroad Commission takes much-needed stand on oil field earthquakes

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

Underinvestment—a good strategy?


Industry at a glance

Craig Fleming