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.

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

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.

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

Cracking the code in tight shale

Oil moves through shale rocks, even though the physical structure of such rocks suggests it should not. That is only one of the confusing aspects of how best to exploit the shale oil plays, according to a rock mechanics expert.

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

FLNG reaches first major mileposts

After many years of tentative build-up, FLNG has just reached its biggest landmark yet. The world’s first such vessel has started up off Malaysia. We look at how the sector has been shaping up, not least through the difficult economic weather of recent times.