E&P Magazine - March 2018

This month E&P takes a look at the drilling activities of 2017 and the plans for the year ahead. Other stories include a roundup of the latest advancements in drillbit design, an explanation of how the application of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity is keeping drilling rigs safe and a review of a system that helps reduce waste and cuttings from drilling fluids. The section wraps up with an overview of the impacts drilling waste management has on the social license to operate.

Cover Story

Drilling Rigs And Cognitive Security

Overcoming resistance to AI can help implement better cybersecurity.

Drilling Up: Signs Indicate Busier 2018 For Oil, Gas Drilling Activity

Rising oil prices have triggered a rapid increase in U.S. drilling activity.

Impacts Of Drilling Waste Management On Social License To Operate

Proactive strategies could positively affect the bottom line.

Land Drillers Reload

Complex wells with longer laterals are keeping demand high for super-specification land rigs.

Reducing Waste And Cuttings From Drilling Fluids

System could lead to drilling cost efficiencies while also meeting environmental compliance.

As I See It

Latin America Shines On

Falling breakevens, access to new acreage and sizeable reserves are keeping Latin America front and center.

Industry Pulse

Middle East Opportunities, Challenges

The workforce could be the deciding factor.

World View

Unraveling The Bakken’s EOR Complexity

With a well test underway, one independent energy company works to decipher the Bakken’s EOR secrets.

Executive Q&A

Shell Brazil CEO Is Optimistic About Brazil’s E&P Future

André Araújo talks about the company’s plans and expectations for its future in Brazil.

Market Intelligence

Engineered Proppant To Challenge Status Quo

A new suite of proprietary engineered proppant is headed to commercialization in 2018. Will it be enough to capture new share versus sand?

Exploration Technologies

Seismic Shift

Does WesternGeco’s departure from seismic acquisition signal the end of an era? And if so, what’s next?

Drilling Technologies

Midland Basin Operators Shift Gears

A more holistic approach signals the basin’s move from exploration to development.

Completions and Production

Combining Completions

Operations business emerges from cancelled JV.

Offshore Advances

Re-examining Arctic Potential

When some operating companies decided to abandon the Arctic three years ago, others joined forces to open what could be the largest undeveloped oil and gas province in the world.

Digital Solutions

Data Are This Century’s Oil

Bits and bytes provide the fuel as data and AI propel the petroleum industry into the future.

The Future Is Now

The industry needs to rethink operational processes and use new technologies that boost operational efforts.

Shale Solutions

Improving Efficiency With Near Real-time Diversion Design Evaluation

System enhances fracturing fluid stimulations.

Offshore Solutions

A New Economic And Ecological Concept For Offshore Decommissioning

The IR2R model offers a system to address the issue of the high cost of oil and gas asset decommissioning as well as reverses the reduction in fish habitats.

Operator Solutions

Cutting Plugging Costs

The development of a new method will significantly reduce the cost and environmental footprint when plugging hydrocarbon wells.

Maximizing Equipment And Component Life In Extreme Oil And Gas Environments

CVD coatings add value to components and reduce operational costs by saving downtime and increasing productivity.


Automated Compensation System Increases Accuracy, Safety

A real-time monitoring system enhances operations in tidal conditions.

Automation And Prognostics Transform CT Drilling Performance

An integrated system expands the potential of underbalanced CT drilling to solve complex challenges.

Deepwater Production Advances

A fresh take on production systems introduces expanded capabilities and new applications.

Establishing KPIs To Monitor Well Control Events

Determining indicators can help avoid downtime and event severity.

Keys To Establishing Success In Reservoir Characterization

An automated approach ensures the best possible model for the reservoir simulator and better-informed field development decisions.

Long-range Fracture Plugs Offer Customized Completions

Plugs offer improved drill-out times and options in stage spacing.

Risk Brings Rewards In Oil, Gas Sector

Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen development put a range of technologies to work for the first time, illustrating the vital role innovation plays in breaking new ground offshore.

Taking Reservoir Characterization To The Next Level

An expanded laboratory integrates physical and digital information from downhole rock and fluid analysis to modeling and simulation.

Tech Watch

New Tubing Anchor Frees Up Downhole Space

The cone/slip shape design enables the use of more capillary lines and monitoring cables downhole.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technology advancements, innovations and services.

International Highlights

International Highlights

Check out the latest exploration, drilling and production news highlights from around the world.

On The Move

On the Move

Check out the latest new hires, promotions and other company news.

Last Word

Improving Contractor-Management Processes

An increasing reliance on contractors is making risk mitigation a growing concern.