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August 2013

The Regional Report of the August issue of Oilfield Technology takes a look at the mature, but still active North Sea and provides an overview of things to come. August’s lead feature focuses on Subsea Technology, whilst the remainder of the issue is packed with articles on Drilling Methodology, Reducing Costs, Digital Oilfield, Formation Evaluation, Workovers/Well Intervention and Pipeline Maintenance.


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Contents

| 03 | EDITORIAL COMMENT

| 05 | WORLD NEWS

| 10 | THE NORTH SEA AND BEYOND
Neil Golding, Energy Industries Council (EIC), UK, examines the resurgence of activity being seen in the North Sea.

| 15 | THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA
Tom Faichnie, Campbell Dallas LLP, UK, explains why 2013 is the start of a new era for investment in the North Sea.

| 20 | PERFORATING MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS
Matt Bell, GEODynamics, USA, dispels some myths surrounding well perforations and sets us on the right track.

| 29 | IS WELL DEPTH UNDERESTIMATED?
With Martin Storey, Well Data QA, Australia, we explore the depths of an often overlooked measurement.

| 35 | AUTOMATED ASSISTANCE
Joe Bradfield, on behalf of Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC, shows us how automated pipe handling enables safer, more productive drilling operations in the oil and gas industry.

| 37 | A NEW APPROACH TO DRILLING
Dr. William G. Buckman, Sr. and Zachary Pearl, Buckman Jet Drilling, Inc., USA and Dr. William C. Maurer, Maurer Engineering, USA, detail the production advantages that can be gained from the use of radial jet drilling.

| 41 | STAYING SLICK
Mark Nicol, Peak Well Systems, UK, highlights the increasing use of advanced downhole technologies deployed on slickline for well intervention work.

| 44 | THE SHARED EARTH APPROACH
Alexander Shadchnev, Schlumberger, Norway, and Mailin Seldal and Lise Schiøtz, GDF SUEZ E&P Norge, outline how an integrated, collaborative approach has invigorated reservoir modelling for the Gjøa field, offshore Norway.

| 49 | SURVIVING VIBRATION
Rob Swindell, Xodus Group, UK, explains how better design and smarter monitoring can be used to combat vibration induced fatigue.

| 55 | EXPLORING THE NEW FRONTIER
Neil Gordon, Subsea UK, explains how pioneering technology is playing a key role in keeping the UK oil and gas industry ahead of the field.

| 58 | UNDER PRESSURE
Hugh Mackenzie, Paradigm Flow Services, UK, explains how pressure surges can be used for pipeline remediation.

| 63 | THE ART OF MAKING TRACKING LESS TRICKY
Dr Chris Minto, OptaSense, UK, discusses a new fibre optic intelligence system designed to help control the process of tracking inline inspection gauges.

| 69 | PRODUCING POWER WITH PUMPS
Bryan Richards, CCW Energy Systems, Canada, shows how a new design for a regenerative drive system can help companies reduce their operational costs.


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