March 2017

E&P Magazine - March 2017

As downhole conditions continue to become more difficult and well profiles more complex, some contractors and operators are introducing systems that aim to move the drill floor from mechanization to automation.

As I See It

Happy Days Are Here Again?

It depends on whom you ask.

Cover Story

Automating Complex Tasks In Unforgiving Environments

As downhole conditions continue to become more difficult and well profiles more complex, some contractors and operators are introducing systems that aim to move the drill floor from mechanization to automation.

Developing The HP/HT Toolkit

The industry is developing 20K drilling systems to tackle challenging reservoir portfolios.

Presalt Drilling Benefits From Real-time Data

System uses tiered approach for challenging wells.

Turning To The Right

New developments in drilling technology are keeping bits spinning in the most complex formations.

World View

A Bright Future For Drilling

BP’s Leigh-Ann Russell is chairing this year’s SPE-IADC drilling conference with hopes for an industry resurgence.

Industry Pulse

Value Of Collaboration

Working together is essential in a lower-forever environment.

Market Intelligence

Four Horsemen Of Completion

Crowd-sourced data reveal significant increases in well completion metrics.

Exploration Technologies

Understanding NMR Logs In Shales

Scientists are attempting to explain the fast relaxation times in unconventionals.

Drilling Technologies

US Land Drilling Slowly Recovering

E&P investments in North America are expected to increase by about 30% in 2017, according to industry surveys.

Completions and Production

Harnessing Disruption

Resilience, disruption and collaboration will pave the road to recovery.

Digital Solutions

Answering The Same-day Billing Challenge

Electronic field ticketing expedites processing and payment for services rendered.

Fueling Business Value With Data And Analytics

The oil and gas industry adopts a data-driven mindset to optimize production.

Three Keys To Maximizing Digital Investment In Oil And Gas

Organizations that plan and assess their digital needs have the greatest chance of capitalizing on its potential.

Shale Solutions

Great Basin Elephant Hunt

Untapped riches could lurk in the western U.S.

Operator Solutions

Navigating EPA Emissions Regulations

The use of automated logic controls helps ensure compliance in the collection of emissions data necessary to meet reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Sky Is Not The Limit

Advanced AIM is made simple with satellite technology.


Coiled Tubing-deployed Liner System Enables Efficient Repair Of Parted Pipe

CT deployment and no drill-out requirement saves days of rig time while delivering the well to its full production potential.

Enabling Smart Oil Fields Through IIOT-enabled Solutions

Automated artificial lift system offers operators a solution to the challenges of maximizing productivity and reducing costs.

Factors Influencing The Repeatability Of 4-D Ocean-bottom Surveys

A study indicates that 4-D noise levels are sensitive to the quality of correlation between data volumes.

Four-Dimensional Seismic In The Downturn

Time-lapse seismic still provides important information. But it’s getting harder to make the value proposition.

Friction Reduction Has Advantages In CT Drilling

Tool uses pressure in CT to generate movement in the tubing and reduce friction.

Power Automation And Power On Demand Deliver Multiple Benefits

Reduced fuel costs, lower emissions, less maintenance and improved reliability are available from scalable automation systems.

Solving The Blind Spot Problem With Reentry CT Drilling

GWD avoids sensor inadequacies.

Stepping Up Exploration, Subsea Plans

Market conditions and cost-cutting give Norwegian player renewed confidence.

Thinking inside the box

A plug-and-play CNG solution, when combined with trucks, creates an alternative to the traditional pipeline system.

UK Harrier Takes Off As Catcher Trims Costs

Downturn helps uptick in project progression.

Unconventional Report

Eagle Ford Close-up

Turnaround to double-digit growth is just around the corner for the South Texas play.

Onshore US Regulatory Overview

As the Trump administration began assuming the reins of the federal government, a number of executive and legislative actions were initiated impacting the oil and gas industry.

Regional Report

Mapping The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Puzzle

Monetization might be challenged if more large discoveries are made.

R&D Spotlight

A New Breed Of Ocean-bottom Seismic

With backing from a major, a startup is providing quality seismic at vastly reduced rates.

Tech Watch

Lucrative Use For 3-D Printing In Oil And Gas Industry

Certain tools are ready for additive manufacturing.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technology releases, including products and services, in the indsutry.

Activity Highlights

International Highlights

Check out the latest news briefs from around the world.

On The Move

On The Move

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

Last Word

Not Invented Here

There are dangers to being skeptical to new technology.