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February 2010

The February 2010 issue of Oilfield Technology opens with an article by Booz & Company discussing how unconventional resources will redefine the nature of competition in the natural gas sector. The subsequent articles by Schlumberger and BJ Services explore methods of unlocking unconventional resources, while Infield considers the future of Europe’s energy supplies in its regional report. Other highlights include discussions on subsea systems, drilling technology and optimising mature assets.


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Contents

Move to the left for success
Chris Click and Andrew Clyde, Booz & Company, USA, and Adrian del Maestro, Booz & Company, UK, discuss how unconventional resources will redefine the nature of competition in the natural gas sector.

Heavy oil matters
David Law, Schlumberger, Canada, looks at the latest heavy oil recovery techniques.

Maximising shale gas production
Tony Martin, BJ Services Co., Italy, and Stephanie Weiss, BJ Services Co., USA, share lessons learned from the North American gas shale experience to aid new regions as they consider how best to exploit their own shale resources.

Energy security in Europe
Catarina Podevyn, Infield Systems Ltd, UK, considers the future of Europe’s energy supplies.

A first for deepwater units
Jose Vazquez, Bennett & Associates, USA, describes an innovative design for deepwater production units.

Electrothermal heating solutions for EOR
Greg McQueen and David Parman, Tyco Thermal Controls, USA, describe how mineral insulated electrothermal heating technology enhances oil recovery from heavy oil wells.

Choosing the right bit
Steve Barton and Garrett Pierce, NOV Downhole, USA, explain how novel gauge and stabiliser geometries excel in today’s most challenging rotary steerable applications.

Well placed
Allan Rennie, Herbert Illfelder and Euan Forbes, Smith/PathFinder, USA, outline a case study of a new technique for drilling SAGD twin wellbores in heavy oil reservoirs.

Operational risk management
Dr B.J.A. Willigers, Palantir Economic Solutions Ltd, UK, focuses on reliability analysis and proactive facility maintenance.

Measuring the strain
Dave Vodden, Strainstall UK Ltd, UK, explores different riser load monitoring technologies.

Mooring deepwater buoys for FPSOs
Brian Green, First Subsea Ltd, UK, looks at the development of subsea connector technology, which enables the quick installation of deepwater buoy mooring systems.

Different approaches to sand
Sara Price, OTM Consulting Ltd, UK, explains the development of industry knowledge of sand control through different routes.

High standards
Dana Casbeer, Severn Trent De Nora, LLC, USA, looks at a selection of marine sewage systems.


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