Production ///

The last barrel

Craig Fleming

You can’t have it both ways

Executive viewpoint

Andy Brogan

OPEC in the energy transition: What have we learned from the pandemic?

Water management

Mark Patton

Seismic Response Areas (SRAs) enter the picture

First oil

Kurt Abraham

Recovery is still moving forward

Digital smart products prove their value for processing technologies

René Mikkelsen, Andreas Hannisdal, Henrik Bjartnes

Applications for condition-based monitoring and performance optimization may become a standard offering accompanying processing equipment deliveries.

Leveraging oil and gas digitalization to emerge from the pandemic

Bimal Venkatesh

Following the pandemic, companies are adjusting operating philosophies to focus more on production optimization and maximize existing investments. This growing need has fueled interest in the latest digital offerings, especially for remote operations, visualization, Edge automation and artificial intelligence.

Improving prediction accuracy on flow-induced vibration analysis

Paul Emmerson, Steinar Orre

Experts from Xodus and Equinor ASA provide insight and analysis on why flow-induced vibration is a concern for subsea systems and how they are driving improved industry understanding to eliminate costly and potentially dangerous consequences.

Embracing an Alliance mindset to sustainably unlock offshore production potential

Stian Ø. Jørgensen, Rob Stolpman, Richard Lochee-Bayne

Industry indicators point toward increasing demand for oil and gas, with the offshore market playing an integral role in the short- and long-term energy mix. However, as the offshore industry looks toward an upcycle, the landscape looks different from those of the past.

Novel combined chemical product increases production and reduces costs

Dr. Alfred Hase, Laura Crombie

During a recent North Sea project, production had been constrained on an operator’s normally unmanned installation to meet H2S specifications. A bespoke solution was developed, capable of protecting the NUI against hydrates while ensuring efficient scavenging of H2S.

What's new in Production

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

Functionalized surfaces

Managing reservoirs with 4D seismic

Dr. Bill Shea

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.

Floating ideas on safety and risk management

Matt Tremblay

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?

Flow assurance criticalities and challenges management in Zohr gas field

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

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.

U.S. House Science Committee demands Permian drillers do more about methane

Oil producers in the Permian Basin must do more to disclose and stop the leak of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, a House committee wrote in a letter to 10 major oil companies.

OPEC to proceed with plans to increase January oil output

OPEC and its allies agreed to proceed with their next oil-production hike, while signaling they could revisit the decision at any moment as the risk to demand from the omicron variant of Covid-19 becomes clearer.

UK regulator sees untapped potential in North Sea oil and gas projects

The second Wells Insight report, published by the UK Oil and Gas Authority, highlights significant opportunities remaining in the UK North Sea basin, despite Covid resulting in a slowdown in 2020.

Neptune owners seek offers for its $5 billion gas exploration unit

Neptune Energy Group Ltd.’s owners are weighing plans to sell the UK oil and gas explorer, according to people familiar with the matter.

OPEC considers lowering production to account for oil reserve releases

OPEC and its allies may re-evaluate plans for reviving oil supplies if the world’s four largest consuming countries go ahead with a coordinated release of their strategic petroleum reserves.

U.S. EIA projects declining crude oil prices during 2022

In its November Short-Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that rising production from OPEC+ countries and the United States will lead to global liquid fuels inventories increasing and crude oil prices falling in 2022.

SBM Offshore lands fourth Guyana FPSO contract

SBM Offshore has been awarded contracts to perform front end engineering and design for an FPSO for the Yellowtail development project. The FEED contract award triggers the initial release of funds by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited to begin FEED activities and secure a Fast4Ward hull.

Scale of oil’s swing to surplus is next year’s big market puzzle

The oil market is about to swing into a healthy supply surplus, if the world's big international energy forecasters are to be believed.