Spotlight: Drilling

Controls mission

A Norwegian company is aiming to make drilling operations safer and more cost-effective with new technology, including an all-electric blow-out control system.

Moveable feats

A new production concept centred on dry tree completions aims to cut drilling and development costs in the high-pressure Paleogene.

The brains behind the bit

A self-adjusting drillbit began as a clever concept in a company-wide innovation contest. Now its backers say the adaptive “smart” bit could become an industry standard.

Project Review: Stones

Stepping Stones to start-up

Just months after start-up of Shell’s record-setting Stones development in the Gulf of Mexico, a key member of the development team shares his thoughts on planning, quality and safety — and how the industry can benefit through greater collaboration.


Seeking sustainability in the UK North Sea

A new Aberdeen-based technology development organisation is aiming to help oil and gas companies get the most out of the UK's offshore reservoirs — and to make north-east Scotland a global hub for offshore research and development.

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Mixing a better cement

By examining how cement works at the molecular level, scientists at Halliburton created a lighter but stronger and more flexible cement for horizontal shale wells.

Project review: Incahuasi

Foothills fortune

In the face of drilling and production challenges of a level typically seen only in deep water, engineers at Total have brought the first phase of the Incahuasi gas project in Bolivia online.


Sour power

Rising demand, technology gains and a spate of new projects have put sour gas in operators’ sights. The niche product has the potential to grow.


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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.



SPOTLIGHT : Subsea systems

SPOTLIGHT: Life of field

Points of light

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.

Tech Talk

Tech Talk

Global prospects

Halliburton’s Dustin Young sees a future for international shale gas developments. But conditions above ground and below will set them apart from their North American counterparts.


Buoyancy first

Trelleborg’s offshore division and SubC Partner have teamed up for what the companies say is the first offshore replacement of buoyancy modules conducted on an FPSO’s live 12-inch production riser while production remained up and running.

Single trip testing

Samoco Oil Tools, in collaboration with Shell Offshore Engineering, has introduced a new tool, OneTrip, which aims to reduce the time and costs associated with mandatory blowout preventer testing.