February 2017

E&P Magazine - February 2017

Careful preparation and collaboration deliver Gulf of Mexico installation win for Hess and Heerema Marine Contractors.

As I See It

A Cyclical Business

It’s déjà vu all over again, in the words of New York Yankees baseball legend Yogi Berra.

Cover Story

Better Together: Industry Collaboration Lifts Innovation Higher

Careful preparation and collaboration deliver Gulf of Mexico installation win for Hess and Heerema Marine Contractors.

Collaboration Key To Driving Innovation

Developing new technologies and solutions is almost unfailingly a team task, and the industry is responding robustly to the collaboration clarion call.

Consortium Success

HARC and Environmentally Friendly Drilling were awarded a project designed to assess all Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) and related Department of Energy-funded projects for technology readiness.

Improving Reliability At The Network’s Edge

Ruggedized control centers reduce downtime in harsh conditions.

Optimizing BOP Testing

Innovation delivers new approach to BOP testing in a single trip.

World View

Diversity The Key To Exploration Success

Variety is the spice of life, or so they say, and that is an approach being adhered to by many of the world’s largest exploration companies.

Industry Pulse

What Does The Industry Think Of Operational Excellence?

A recent survey asked for oil company feedback.

Market Intelligence

Cost Inflation Returns To The Oil Patch

The price per stage for well stimulation services moved higher in fourth-quarter 2016, signaling an end to the downward arc in well completion costs.

Exploration Technologies

The DNA Of Exploration

New biological methodologies are being tested to improve the success rate in challenging fields.

Drilling Technologies

Double Or Nothing For Industry In Early 2017

At year-end 2016 the Texas rig count was nearly double what it was in 2015, and the price of oil was double what it was in February 2016.

Completions and Production

Innovation, Collaboration And Improvisation?

Better collaborations are possible by following these three rules of improv.

Special Report

Safety Gear Showcase: Protecting Employees No. 1 Priority

Having the best available equipment, training, clothing and accessories to help protect employees makes safety improvements possible.

Digital Solutions

Consulting From The Couch

AR and VR address the problems of an aging workforce.

Offshore Solutions

‘Highway’ For Downhole Data Delivers Optimized Drilling

Use of wired drillpipe in the Norwegian North Sea leads to significant time savings by enabling automation and optimization of the drilling process.

Operator Solutions

Five Biocide Myths That May Be Hurting The Bottom Line

The prevalent myths surrounding biocide use are busted.


A Foundation For Growth

The marine construction and heavy-lift sector is showing tentative signs of recovery after more than two years of pain.

Bead Technology Helps Increase Drilling Footage

Less product results in greater depth than the competition.

Challenging HP/HT Limits Of Water-based Drilling Fluids

New polymer additives extend temperature limits.

Developing The 3-D Digital Rock

Project aims to enhance recovery through better rock physics understanding.

Gliding Through Extended Laterals With Water-based Fluids

New high-performance water-based drilling fluid system is a cost-effective option for shale wells with high-angle build and long lateral sections.

Jet Pumps Improve Bakken Shale Economics

Reliable, cost-effective option for early production of unconventional wells delivers significant savings for North Dakota operator.

Slimline ESP Boosts Production Rates Deeper In The Well

New technology more than doubles production in Utah well at nearly twice the depth of conventional ESPs.

The Promise Of Electroseismic Technology

New system provides direct hydrocarbon indicators through the combination of seismic and EM energies.

‘Shielding’ Spacer Prevents Cement-imperiling Losses

Protective membrane supports a high-pressure differential.

Unconventional Report

Bakken Snapshot

Data show falling breakevens and greater definition of the Bakken core.

Onshore US Regulatory Overview

As the oil and gas industry emerges from the previous two-year slump, producers have begun to green-light exploration of new fields and the development of existing projects.

R&D Spotlight

Produced Water Treatment JIP Flowing Well In Middle East

A groundbreaking initiative has seen a rare cooperation between two Middle Eastern NOCs as part of a JIP to develop an oil-in-water removal and media regeneration package.

Tech Watch

Triboelectric Energy Harvesting Captures The Imagination

New method can potentially generate megawatts of power.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Check out the latest products and services.

Activity Highlights

International Highlights

Check out the latest worldwide news highlights.

On The Move

On The Move

Check out the latest promotions, new hires and company updates.

Last Word

Radical Efficiencies

Achieving radical efficiencies will require radical collaboration and radical change.