Welcome to the new Upstream Technology free-to-access website section. Our goal is to be your main source of oil and gas technology news, views from engineers and scientists on the front lines of research and development, and to provide insights into the new tools and strategies operators are using to address the challenges of exploration and production.
When the name of the game in deep-water developments is keeping costs down and bringing in production quickly, one operator focuses on keeping subsea fields as simple as possible, reports Jennifer Pallanich.
Virtual vessels could be a means to better monitor assets and produce actionable knowledge from vast quantities of data. Jennifer Pallanich hears from ABS about the research project and its implications for the oil and gas industry.
Fibre optics can provide lightning-fast internet connections, but when deployed downhole this fibre optic highway can give an operator insight into a reservoir’s behaviour. The capabilities stretch from temperature sensing to seismic mapping and beyond, as Jennifer Pallanich writes.
The convergence of 3D design software, gaming engines and mobile technology has changed the way companies look at employee training. Optech4D experts describe to Jennifer Pallanich the digital reality spectrum and what benefits virtual and augmented reality offer the oil and gas industry.
Russia’s Gazprom has signalled that it wants its long-discussed Baltic liquefied natural gas project to help fulfil its European delivery commitments in the event the company stops exporting volumes via Ukraine after 2019.
Renaissance will continue to be on the lookout for opportunities to build its onshore acreage position in Poza Rica and Chiapas, both through a public bid round planned for July as well as farm-outs and service contracts of Pemex, according to company executives.
Brazil has unveiled what will be on offer in major licensing rounds in 2017 but, rather than unleasing a wave of excitement, the announcements coincided with tax and legal moves that only served to remind potential investors of the risks they may have to deal with.
The revision of a landmark federal study on the safety of hydraulic fracturing and the schizophrenic reaction to it demonstrates how the practice continues to divide the US public, writes Noah Brenner.