E&P Magazine - August 2012

As I See It

Cover Story

NOCs tackle global resources through {competition, collaboration

Cash-rich national oil companies are taking on the majors across the globe in locking up reserves while at the same time pushing collaboration to develop domestic resources.

Exploration Technologies

Is the pace of innovation accelerating?

When service companies pull out all of the stops, the result can be dizzying.

Drilling Technologies

Awaiting the monsoon

A legume used for cow feed in India has had a disproportionate impact on well stimulation costs in North America’s tight oil plays.

Completions and Production

East Siberian fields challenge Russian developers

With nearly 1,165 Tcf of estimated resources in eastern Siberia and the Far East, Russia is focusing on new gas production centers in the regions.

Digital Solutions

Reducing uncertainty in the riskiest part of operations

Operational leaders can better understand the relationship between performance and risk to proactively manage their organizations.


A shared agenda for subsea

It is always difficult to strike a balance between developing subsea technologies for challenging harsh environment frontiers while also trying to supply ‘off the shelf’ kit for smaller-scale or standard projects.

Barents Sea has the potential to be the 'New Norway'

Norway's sustained effort to revitalize and rejuvenate its offshore sector is having some outstanding results. But it is the exploration potential of the Barents Sea, dubbed by many to be the 'New Norway,' that is really focusing the attention of the industry.

Cavitation process enhances treatment of flowback water

An innovative water treatment system can reduce organic concentrations through oxidation and potentially lower heavy metals and salt concentrations.

Consolidating in the 'mother of all stacked plays'

A privately held E&P has combined its Granite Wash, Cleveland, Marmaton, and Tonkawa assets with an international super-independent's legacy western Anadarko basin position.

Flow metering provides field-proven accuracy

Choosing the right meter for the job optimizes production.

Industry salaries continue gradual rise

A compensation survey indicates that the oil and gas industry is robust.

Mobile gas lift and well unloading units combine best of both worlds

The goal of all oil companies must be not only to find new reserves but to maximize what they can extract from existing mature assets.

Oil sands operators target smartest use, reuse of water resources

Tailings ponds in Canada’s oil sands development area are a focus for environmentalists and regulators, requiring new technology and regulations to reduce fluid tailings and reclaim them.

Plugs help overcome cementing issues

Acid-soluble cement plugs were used in three wells drilled in the highly karstified area of the Kashagan field at the northeast end of the Caspian Sea.

Subsea gas compression to boost recovery rates

The introduction of subsea gas compression technology has been one of the biggest offshore stories of 2012 so far, representing a technological leap forward by the upstream industry that could hold huge potential for further improving field recovery rates.

Subsea oil production shows promise

Emerging solutions provide aid to alternative oil recovery.

Templates lead to improved interpretation

Rock physics templates provide great utility as both a calibration method and a visual, multiscale integration platform.

The field that built a company

A simple conversation could revolutionize China’s natural gas industry.

Think tank pushes boundaries for borehole seismic imaging

Borehole seismic imaging is a technology that has long been proven in the oil and gas industry, both for exploration purposes and enhancing production and field development projects. But there is still room for improvement.

Workflow enables first successful GoM subsalt post-stack inversion

Achieving a reliable post-stack seismic inversion represents an important objective in subsalt exploration.

‘Dispatches from the real Gasland’

In ‘Truthland,’ one Pennsylvania farmer attempts to set the record straight.

Tech Watch

Full-azimuth seismic aids in fracture detection

Azimuthal prestack depth migration displays faults in the same place regardless of source-receiver azimuth.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Activity Highlights

On The Move

Last Word

'Stop rolling the risk dice'

The industry will never be safe until employees learn from past mistakes.