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February 2012

The February issue of Oilfield Technology takes a look at continuing shale gas development, seismic technology and completion challenges. Other articles focus on selecting the appropriate valve for an application, and the role of data standards in modern oil and gas exploration.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

A SHALE GAS SURVEY
Joe Baran, John T. Boyd Co., USA, guides us through global shale gas development.

THE NEXT GENERATION
Jimmy Williamson, Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets, UK, tells us how the next generation of innovative management teams can attract investment in the low growth environment.

SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE
Oilfield Technology Correspondant Gordon Cope demonstrates that data standards are playing an increasingly important role in modern oil and gas exploration.

THE RISE OF GRAVITY GRADIOMETRY
Neil Dyer, ARKeX, UK, discusses promoting the optimum use of the seismic acquisition budget by using gravity gradiometry.

FALSE STRUCTURES AND LATERAL VELOCITY VARIATION
Hu Jianling, Zhao Yingjie, Li Yawei, Liu Hua, Li Shuli, Liu Xiao and Jiang Xiaoyong, LandOcean Energy Services Co., China, identify the changing rule of velocity based on the analysis of acoustic velocity, VSP velocity and 3D velocity field.

GREEN GLIDING
Valerie Sutherland and David S. Morrison, CorsiTech, USA, evaluate an environmentally friendly lubricant.

SCALED UP
John Downs, Cabot Specialty Fluids, UK, discusses formation damage caused by high-density phosphate completion brine in low permeability sandstone under HPHT conditions.

SWEEPING MADE SIMPLE
Keith Davis and Daniel Biddle, FORTA Corp., USA, explain the merits of using innovative fibre technology in wellbore sweeping.

THE ABC OF T&D
Gefei Lui, Pegasus Vertex Inc., USA, discusses the torque and drag prediction for tortuous wells.

ASSURANCE FOR THE FUTURE
Emmelyn Graham, NEL, UK, focuses on the importance of flow assurance as an aspect of hydrocarbon management, particularly for multiphase flows.

SELECTING YOUR LAST DEFENCE
David Sinsou, Tyco Valves & Controls, France, examines the criteria for selecting the best subsea isolation valves for subsea safety systems.

UNDER PRESSURE
Mark Grayson Wood and Robert Taylor, Weir Oil & Gas, UK, explore a new concept in valve design.

A HISTORY OF CAPTURE
Brian Hector, Bowtech Products Ltd, UK, guides us through how underwater camera technology has changed over the last 20 years.

SUBSEA PROTECTION IN THE NORTH SEA
Gordon McKinnell, Stork Technical Services UK Ltd, considers how cost-effective cathodic protection helps to maintain subsea asset integrity.


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