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Picking up after the storm path

Hurricane Harvey caused tremendous damage to the energy capital of Houston in late August and swept through a zone in the Gulf of Mexico that is home to several active offshore pipelines. The BSEE’s deputy regional director talks about ensuring pipeline safety before, during and after a major storm.


Increased capacity in the Permian pipeline

Using drilling and completion techniques honed over the past decade, operators are significantly increasing oil and gas production in the Permian basin. The increased volumes are challenging the area’s carrying capacity and spurring a minor infrastructure building boom.


Sending in reinforcement

Composite technology has gained wide acceptance as a reliable and safe alternative to pipeline repair. Clock Spring is finding new ways to apply it.


Laying down a track record

Saipem’s flagship pipelay vessel sailed out of the shipyard five years ago with a docket of high-profile jobs in its sights. Upstream Technology takes stock of the Castorone’s work to date, the lessons learned, and the mighty vessel’s next challenges.


Out of the loop

The race is on for technologies that help operators cut development spending or operating expenses. Engineers working on an automated subsea pig launching system say the equipment can do both.


Growing capacity

Briggs Marine has invested more than £1 million ($1.29 million) in its subsea services division over the past several months, the UK company reports.


Going with the grains

Drilling and completions practices have driven demand for frac sand to new highs and threaten shortages in some prime shale regions. But what qualities make a sand suitable for fracking, and where is the industry looking for solutions to supply chain challenges.


Steering toward a common goal

Geosteering requires sophisticated technologies, mounds of data — and co-operation. Yet the teams tasked with drilling unconventional wells are often judged on conflicting performance metrics. However, mutual understanding can help geosteering teams overcome drilling challenges to deliver successful horizontal wells.


Ideas cascade for water management

Operators have always factored water handling into the cost of drilling and production operations. But the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing in North American shale plays has moved water handling from line item expense to central concern.