E&P Magazine - May 2018

Cover Story

Offshore Transformed

Three leading operators explain how they are driving down the cost of developing challenging offshore fields and finding ways to recover more reserves.

Stones Field Stands On The Shoulders Of Past Innovation

Decades of technology advances laid the foundation for the world’s deepest producing oil and gas field.

As I See It

Making The Impossible Possible

The modern day petroleum industry—making the impossible possible for more than 150 years—embraces the millennia-old challenge of changing for the better.

Industry Pulse

Energy Startups Face Challenges, But Path To Success Exists

Taking the leap from concept to placement on the market is not impossible with help from ‘dragon’ investors.

World View

A New Dawn For Gabon

A focus returns to the West African country as its government relaxes hydrocarbon code.

Transportation And The Future Of Oil

Saudi Aramco’s Nasser downplays emergence of alternative fuel vehicles.

Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence: Datapoints And Drilling Rigs

Integrating real-time rig data and reservoir properties requires a holistic approach.

Exploration Technologies

Geological Superheroes

Some of the world’s most prolific basins were discussed at a recent conference.

Drilling Technologies

The Return To The Skeleton Coast

An independent inks a drillship contract as part of its exploratory campaign offshore Namibia’s storied coast.

Completions and Production

Discovering Alternatives In Thermal EOR

Solar steam production unlocks heavy oil in the Middle East.

Offshore Advances

Decommissioning Demands Spur Technology Development

The cost of safely removing offshore assets from service has given rise to investment in decommissioning technologies.

Digital Solutions

Analytics-Driven Energy Management Reduces Carbon Footprint

New self-service analytics tools allow SMEs to analyze, monitor and predict process and asset performance.

Five Trends That Will Impact The Energy Industry

Improvements in AI, sensors and data highways will provide increased operational efficiencies moving forward.

Shale Solutions

Identifying Potential For More Wells Per Section

Microseismic analysis shows potential for better returns in the San Andres Formation of the Permian Basin’s Central Basin Platform.

Offshore Solutions

FUS Offers Different Development Options

A new design offers offshore operators an economical and reusable solution for field development.

Operator Solutions

A Digital Approach to Large-Scale Asset Management

A new optimization platform leverages digital technologies to elevate production performance.

Features

Augmenting Well Control

A new active control device design eliminates the need for conventional rotating control devices in deepwater applications.

Big-picture Geophysics And Reservoir Packages

Understanding what makes super basins work will be key to unlocking the ultimate potential of these areas.

Getting The Wax Out

Water-based PPD dispersion helps tackle deposit challenges in cold regions.

International Completions: Going Global

Recent activities point to increasing unconventional resource development outside of North America.

Investing In Oil Spill Response And Containment

JIPs, new products and advanced research combine to improve spill prevention and oil recovery.

Maximizing Well Potential

Operators gain production control and increase flow assurance through sand monitoring.

Pressure Control Innovations Improve Reliability

A new valve design and enhanced condition monitoring system lowers total cost of ownership.

Scientific Report May Open Road For Hydraulic Fracturing In Australia

Inquiry finds that hydraulic fracturing could be safely managed in the Northern Territory.

Taking A New Look At Frontier Exploration

New developments in geoscience and regional understanding can help reduce risk.

Unconventional Report

Bakken Making Its Push

Enhanced completions fuel basin’s steady production.

Tech Watch

Advancing Downhole Conveyance For Reliability

Smart wireline tools help improve downhole performance with real-time data.

Tech Trends

Tech Trends

Check out the latest technologies and services designed for the upstream oil and gas industry.

International Highlights

International Highlights

Check out the latest international news highlights.

On The Move

On the Move

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

Last Word

Fracturing And The Cloud

Implementing the cloud for hydraulic fracturing must include all the stakeholders.

MEA Innovations

2018 Meritorious Awards For Engineering Innovation

An expert panel of judges has selected the top 14 industry projects that open new and better avenues to the complicated process of finding and producing hydrocarbons around the world.