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December 2009

The December 2009 issue of Oilfield Technology opens with two regional reports examining different oil and gas developments in Africa. Following this our Contributing Editor, Gordon Cope, discusses why salt can prove both a bane and a blessing to the oil patch. The lead feature of the issue is the drilling contractors directory, which provides an overview of major international drilling contractors operating in the industry. Other features in the issue include reservoir characterisation, well stimulation, rig design and water management.


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Contents

NOC’ing on West Africa’s door
Luke Davis and Gregory Brown, Infield Systems Ltd, UK, discuss how the dominance of IOCs in the region may soon be challenged by NOCs.

Opportunities on the rise in Africa
Paul Main, EIC, UK, looks at industry opportunities in different regions of Africa.

A grain of salt
Gordon Cope, Oilfield Technology Correspondent, discusses why salt is proving both a bane and a blessing to the oil patch.

Models on the mark
David Timko, Fugro-Jason, Canada, and Sumit Soni, Fugro-Jason, UAE, describe a seismic to simulation model that accurately predicts production.

Keeping with the flow
Dale Blue and Audrius Meskauskas, Spectraseis, Switzerland, explore the development of a software workflow around low frequency seismic technology.

Listening to the rock talk
Shan Jhamandas, ESG Solutions, Canada, discusses how earthquake seismology is being used to optimise production.

Research for industry
R.G. Jeffrey, A.P. Bunger, X. Zhang, A.H. Rohde and Z.R. Chen, CSIRO Petroleum, Australia, discuss an integrated approach to fracturing research.

Enhancing safety on drilling rigs
Marco Cercato, Drillmec, Italy, looks at hydraulic drilling rigs that are designed to improve safety and performance.

Mind the gap
Mike Tucker, Furmanite International, UK, looks at the latest developments in a technology designed to counter structural integrity issues on offshore platforms.

Improving the drilling cycle
Frank Ao, Doc Monical and Julie Battelle, HongHua, USA, discuss the benefits of new land rig technologies.

Drilling contractors directory
Oilfield Technology provides an overview of major international drilling contractors operating in the oil and gas industry.

Testing times
David Wilson and Kelly Harris, BWA Water Additives, UK, look at jar and dynamic scale loop tests and discuss whether they are suitable for present demands.


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