Featured this monthCompanies Strive to Better Understand Shale WellsCompanies involved in the major US shale plays are constantly trying to understand what makes for a better well.
Guest Editorial E&P projects are complex and tend to underperform because of poor project definition, poor uncertainty management, and poor decisions. There is no silver bullet, but a structured approach and quality thinking time in an early phase eventually deliver better, faster, and more valuable projects.
OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards Shines on Industry Innovators Winners of the annual OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards, to be presented at this year’s conference.
Under Pressure: Diving’s Impact on the Offshore Petroleum Industry Pipeline, wellhead, platform, and drillstring technology operating in waters whose pressures are well beyond human endurance drive a safe and profitable offshore industry. Without pioneers diving where no one had gone before, offshore oil and gas would not be the robust industry it is today.
Management Apache’s George E. King offers a reasoned analysis of the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing.
Drilling Performance is a Function of Power at the Bit and Drilling Efficiency An examination of a simple, intuitive means of quantifying the magnitude of parasitic losses of power at the bit and drilling efficiency caused by well geometry and the downhole environment.
Future of Energy Debated at Fifth IPTC A review of the fifth International Petroleum Technology Conference, including reports on panel sessions, the winner of the Excellence in Project Integration Award, and an interview with Total’s president of E&P.