Featured this monthExtreme Deepwater Wells Push Drillers To Begin Using Managed-Pressure MethodsDual-gradient drilling has long been described as the drilling method of the future for challenging offshore wells. Now, indications show it could start being used with some regularity.
Guest Editorial: North Sea Oil and the Scottish Independence Referendum On 18 September, the Scottish public will vote on the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?" With North Sea oil predicted to be the largest sector in an independent Scottish economy, the industry finds itself at the center of a political and economic debate.
Beyond the Headlines: How Thirsty is Shale Gas? A newspaper recently reported about a California county’s ban of hydraulic fracturing because of concerns regarding freshwater consumption in a drought year. Shale oil or gas production does use a lot of water, but not as much as other sources of energy.
BOP Monitoring Seeks To Reduce Downtime, Increase Insight Many problems that result in BOP downtime could be prevented if only drilling contractors knew which parts of the subsea system to replace and when. BOP monitoring systems have been developed to increase reliability by enabling preventive maintenance.
Unconventionals, Technical Challenges Highlight Offshore Technology Conference The impact of the development of onshore unconventional resources on the offshore sector, safety and environmental protection, and new opportunities and their technical challenges were highlights at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference.
Qatar Focuses on Building Energy R&D Capacity Qatar has unveiled a plan to become the Middle East’s energy research and development center now that it has completed a massive liquefied natural gas production upgrade.
Talent & Technology: A New Contract Between Management and the Petrotechnical Professional The continued search for oil and gas relies in equal measure on good management and superior petrotechnical expertise. The key is ensuring that the two worlds mesh smoothly.
Topics for Distinguished Lecturer 2014-15 Season Announced Featuring speakers from various disciplines and professions, the Distinguished Lecturer Program emphasizes current industry trends, challenges, and technology applications through diverse topics.
SPE Realigns Standing Committees The SPE Board of Directors has approved a realignment of SPE’s standing committees to clarify the scope, nature, and reporting relationships of these groups.