Spotlight: Enhanced Recovery

Going with the flow

On a quiet cul-de-sac on the leafy outskirts of Cambridge, UK, scientists are studying the physical and chemical processes of flow. Their work has consequences that go well beyond the oil and gas industry’s EOR needs

Uncracking the code

New 3D multi-phase flow simulation technology makes it possible to predict the flow of both oil and water through rocks using only rotary sidewall cores

New tools to prevent pump failure

When artificial lift fails, it costs the operator not just lost production but also the outlay for repair and intervention. Wellhead controllers aim to keep enhanced oil recovery operations humming along smoothly

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Demystified

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.

PROJECT REVIEWS


SPOTLIGHT: Seismic


SPOTLIGHT: Topsides


SPOTLIGHT: Drilling

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.


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.


TECH TALK

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.

DEMYSTIFIED


Swift platform

UK-based Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, off Egypt.


Heavy measures

Flow measurement organisation NEL has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which NEL says will help reduce financial exposure for operators and address challenges involved measuring heavy oil.


Irish survey

Sercel has commercially deployed its multi-sensor solid streamer, the Sentinel MS, for the first time, the company says.


Standardised support

With an eye on the fast-track offshore development market, Trelleborg’s offshore operation has introduced the Standardized Buoyancy Module system, an “off-the-shelf” buoyancy solution designed to be a viable alternative to custom options for some projects.


Extra protection

InterDam, the Dutch supplier of fire and blast resistant doors and walls to the oil and gas industry, is advocating more careful consideration of the effects of both blast and fire on oilfield architecture.