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Murphy Oil Greenlights US Gulf Floating Production Facility
Anchored by the Khaleesi-Mormont and Samurai fields, the King’s Quay FPS will receive and process up to 80,000 B/D of crude oil.
Petrobras to Sell Shallow-Water Campos, Santos Basin Fields
UK operator Trident Energy is entering Brazil while Australian firm Karoon Energy is expanding its position in the country. Both will try to boost output from already-producing assets.
Aramco Advances 550,000-B/D Expansion of Marjan, Berri Fields
The world’s largest oil producer has awarded $18 billion in engineering, procurement, and construction contracts as part of its Marjan and Berri expansion projects.
Equinor To Cut Lundin Stake, Add Johan Sverdrup Interest
The Norwegian operator will increase its ownership of the giant Johan Sverdrup field before the field commences oil production this November.
Oil Begins Flowing from Eni’s Area 1 Offshore Mexico
Early production from Area 1 is the first output from an international operator in Mexico since energy reforms were implemented earlier this decade.
W&T Offshore To Acquire ExxonMobil’s Assets Off Alabama
The deal consists of stakes in nine shallow-water producing fields covering 108,000 gross acres in 10–50 m of water.
Hurricane Hits First Oil From Basement Reservoir in North Sea
This new development is the first to recover commercial quantities of oil in the UK from reservoirs that are generally considered non-productive.
ExxonMobil Proceeds with Long-Term Vaca Muerta Shale Oil Development
Up to 55,000 BOE/D of output is expected from the ExxonMobil-operated Bajo del Choique-La Invernada block in the Argentine shale play, with a possible second phase producing up to 75,000 BOE/D.
Malaysia’s Petronas is Looking Near and Far for Gas and Oil
The state-owned firm is looking within its home country, around Southeast Asia, and to the Americas—including shale—in an effort to maintain its forecast average yearly production of 1.7 million BOE/D over the next 5 years.
OTC Event Selects 10 Startups Worth Watching
The results are in. Here are this year’s “Most Promising” startups as decided by upstream investors and oil company innovation teams
ExxonMobil Moves Forward With Second Guyana Development
Expected to start up in mid-2022, Liza Phase 2 will produce up to 220,000 B/D of oil.
Offshore: Making a Comeback After the Downturn
Could 2019 be a bumper year for offshore energy development?
Deepwater capital expenditure has nosedived since the oil-price crash of 2014 and has not quite recovered because of the high level of break-even prices required, but some oil companies maintained their interest in the sector and went ahead with big-ticket projects anyway.
Shale EOR Delivers, So Why Won’t the Sector Go Big?
There is every reason to believe that enhanced oil recovery through huff-and-puff injections in US tight-oil plays could be a technical success across large numbers of wells. However, widespread economic success remains uncertain.
Global Oilfield Services Market Won’t Recover Until 2025
The financial effects of the downturn are set to last at least a decade—which puts the industry almost at the halfway point. This is according to a new report that says the FPSO market is the most “unscathed” of all the service segments.
Brazil’s Lula Field a Step Closer to Producing 1 Million B/D of Oil
Petrobras and Shell have brought online the Lula field’s seventh FPSO as the firms continue to ramp up production from the pre-salt Santos Basin.
CNOOC’s Strategic Plan Sets “Bullish Tone” for Chinese NOCs
The national oil company’s aim to lift oil and gas production and reserves over the next few years will rely on growth from big international projects, including those in Nigeria, Guyana, and the US.
US On Track To Be Net-Exporter Of Crude and Petroleum Products
A new report predicts that US output will rise to a new record high of 12.1 million B/D in 2020.
An Eye on the Prize: Shell Invests in Computer Vision Developer
The backing of one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies aims to put this emerging digital technology on the path to widespread adoption.
Total Begins Production From Nigeria’s Giant Egina Field
The French major is racking up barrels of deepwater production as part of its large-scale West African push.
Mexico’s Giant Zama Discovery Gets New Interest Owner
DEA Deutsche Erdoel is buying Sierra Oil & Gas, giving the German operator stakes in six new blocks off Mexico—including the Zama discovery, where appraisal drilling is now under way.
Production and Facilities
Creativity and innovation have long characterized production and facilities, and this year is no exception. The economic challenges of the oil industry clearly have provided a strong stimulus for even more creativity and innovation.
Permian Pulse: Using Satellite Imagery Analytics To Track the World’s Busiest Oil Play
Companies are bringing satellite monitoring to the unconventional oilfield—namely the Permian Basin—where they are training machine learning models to track and predict drilling and completions work.
BP, Chevron Bring Two More Offshore Projects on Stream
Majors BP and Chevron have overcome development challenges and delays to launch their respective Clair Ridge and Big Foot projects.
New Oil Sands Development Gets Green Light
Imperial Oil has made a final investment decision on its 75,000-B/D Aspen oil sands project, the first new oil sands development to be approved in 5 years.
Hilcorp Gets Approval for First Oil Production Facility in Alaska’s Federal Waters
The green light comes 4 years after the privately-held firm filed its development and production plan. Liberty Island would consist of gravel, stretch 9 acres, and sit just a few miles offshore.
Petrobras, Shell Start Production From Eighth Lula Field FPSO
The unit is flowing oil and gas from the Lula Extremo Sul area, 290 km off Rio de Janeiro state in 2150 m of water.
Shell Picks a Digital Platform To Build Its AI Future Upon
The international major has been playing with intelligent programs for years, but this new deal shows that it is now ready to scale those efforts up to cover hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment.
Seeq’s Focus on Time-Series Data Draws in Chevron, Shell, and Pioneer
The 5-year-old software startup is getting noticed by the oil and gas industry for its ability to accelerate analytics projects by taking care of all the tedious work involved with data wrangling.
Total's Deepwater Output To Hit 500,000 BOE/D by 2020
Despite a trend toward renewables and low-carbon energy production among European majors, Total remains wholeheartedly committed to deepwater production.
BP and Baker Hughes Go Live with Big Analytics on All Gulf of Mexico Platforms
What do 60,000 sensors on 1,200 pieces of equipment add up to? Hopefully, hundreds of millions of dollars in savings.
Eni Gets Development Approval for Area 1 Offshore Mexico
The Italian firm is slated to become the first international operator to produce oil from Mexican waters since energy reform took hold. The launch of early production from Area 1 is expected in first-half 2019.
BP Launches Caspian’s First Subsea Development
The $28-billion Shah Deniz Phase 2 project off Azerbaijan will supply gas to Europe through the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system.
The UK North Sea: How To Manage an Aging Basin
A recent spike in production has engendered a cautiously optimistic outlook for the UKCS, but will it do anything to stave off the overall decline of the mature basin?
Is the Permian Barreling Toward a Breaking Point?
Permian oil output is growing fast, pipeline capacity is full with little relief in sight, truck drivers are in short supply, and the value of basin-produced crude is sinking. Is a drop off in activity—including drilling and production—becoming inevitable?
Rising Tide of Produced Water Could Pinch Permian Growth
As oil production grows by millions of barrels in the Permian, so does the water. A report from Wood Mackenzie offers an estimate of the cost and who will be affected most.
Finding Meaning, Application for the Much-Discussed "Digital Twin"
An increasingly buzzy term tossed around at industry events, “digital twin” is leveraging data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to improve efficiencies from design to decommissioning.
Shallow Ports Keep US from Exporting Even More Crude
Even though exports are rising to more than 1.6 million B/D, the US is facing a new bottleneck at its port facilities.
Total Prepares Exit from Big Iran Project as US Sanctions Renewed
The US re-imposing sanctions on Iran has prompted Total to consider dropping its stake in a project designed to bolster output from the world’s largest gas field.
Oil at $70 Provides Little Comfort Offshore
Sustainable cost reductions through innovation and standardization will have more of a positive effect on the offshore sector than cyclical oil-price increases, an OTC panel of industry participants agreed.
Shell’s Penguins Redevelopment a Step Forward in North Sea Revival
The long-term decommissioning of the historic Brent field has necessitated redevelopment of the younger Penguins field in the North Sea, where the UK hopes to see more revival projects in the coming years.
California Becomes a Proving Ground for Solar EOR Technology
If proven economic, solar EOR technology could represent an environmentally and energy friendly solution for California’s heavy oil producers.
Statoil Plans Leaner, $6-Billion Arctic Project
Statoil has submitted a long-awaited development plan for what will become Norway’s northernmost development.
Production and Facilities
The overarching theme of work published during the past year relating to production and facilities is performance and productivity improvement—doing more with less at a lower cost.
Robot Removes Operators From Extreme Environments
Robots have the potential to move human operators away from uncomfortable, potentially risky environments and into comfortable, safe control rooms.
Lebanon Eager To Award First Offshore Contracts, Become Gas Exporter
Untapped offshore gas reservoirs could easily meet all of the country's domestic needs, while the rest could supply regional neighbors.
The Price is Finally Right for Indian Gas Megaproject
Reliance Industries and BP are going forward with the expansion of a huge field off the east coast of India that is expected to fill 10% of the country’s energy needs.
The need to offset declining production from mature basins, as well as the ability of international oil companies to access larger reserves with the use of new exploration-and-production technology, will continue to drive deepwater expenditure.
US Gulf of Mexico Hits Record Production
New figures show that the facilities working in the Gulf of Mexico achieved higher crude output in 2016 than at any other period.
New is Better at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference
In the midst of enormous change, OTC retains its status as a “must attend” technical conference for petroleum engineers and scientists working around the globe.
Mexico Awards Its First Deepwater Blocks; What Comes Next?
Mexico’s long awaited deepwater auction saw 8 out of 10 blocks awarded but there remains plenty of work to be done before activity ramps up, including finalizing regulatory rules, upgrading ports, and optimizing the bid rules for future auctions.
Drilling Technology and Rigs
Sustaining innovation and well performance during economic downcycles is a hot topic right now. However, the severity of this downturn has resulted in an unprecedented purging of existing paradigms. In this context, it is important to reveal and highlight new initiatives and success stories.
Production and Facilities
Significant advances were reported in materials, field optimization, safe operations, corrosion, and wellbore-related technologies related to production and facilities
US Approves BP’s use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Alaska
In June, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the first approval for the overland use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Alaska.
Big Barriers to Building a New Generation of Arctic Vessels
The industry’s experience thus far drilling offshore the Arctic is a powerful argument to build a new generation of vessels and drilling rigs purpose built for operations in heavy ice.
More Carbon Dioxide Means More Oil But Building On That Can Get Complicated
Research into whether CO2 can be used to coax billions more barrels of oil from unconventional formations is beginning to show promise.
Carbon Dioxide: From Industry to Oil Fields
The lifespan of a huge, old oil field in Oklahoma is now linked to a fertilizer plant 68 miles away. Chaparral Energy is capturing 45 million ft3/D of carbon dioxide (CO2) that had previously been vented into the atmosphere in Coffeyville, Kansas, compressing it, and sending it via a pipeline.
Carbon Dioxide May Offer An Unconventional EOR Option
Tests showing increased recoveries in the Bakken formation using CO2 could have significant implications for the upstream oil and gas industry.
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