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July 2012

The lead feature of the July issue will be taking an in-depth look of the recruitment challenges facing the international oil and gas industry. The issue will also cover developments in deepwater exploration, HPHT challenges, cementing, drilling automation, drill bits, workovers and well intervention.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

EVERY CLOUD ...
Oilfield Technology Correspondent Ng Weng Hoong explains how the economic downturn is not necessarily all bad news for China as lower oil prices and a weaker economic outlook give energy planners time to look to the future.

ATTITUDE CHANGE
Andy Baillie, Talent Reservoir, UK, examines the challenges facing oil and gas companies, and shows how eradicating myths surrounding the energy world can ultimately allow for the sourcing of the best candidates for the sector.

UNDER THE SEA
Chris Walker, Fairfield Nodal, UK and Steve McIntosh, Fairfield Nodal, USA, discuss the use of ocean bottom nodes in subsea reservoir monitoring applications.

RADIO NETWORKING
Duval Yeager, Redline Communications, Canada, shows how the use of next generation wireless networks is transforming the digital oilfield.

OPTIMISED DRILLING OPERATIONS WITH RFID
Manfred Vonlanthen, Trac ID Systems, Norway, explores how radio frequency identification can improve the profitability of drilling operations.

TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF
Tom Donnelly and H. Gene Wilson, Aberdeen Drilling School Ltd, UK, outline a three-step approach to effective training for HPHT drilling.

DUAL FUEL - DUAL BENEFITS
Samuel J. Ternes, Ryan J. Roudebush, Russell D. Goss, and M. Rashid, Caterpillar Inc., USA, show how dual fuel and dedicated gas engines can bring cost and environmental benefits to the oil and gas market.

MICRO-CORING BIT TECHNOLOGY
Benoit Deschamps, Tercel Oilfield Products, Belgium, outlines some additional benefits provided by a fixed cutter drill bit technology that was originally developed for HPHT conditions.

DEMONSTRATING CONSISTENCY
Rusty Petree, Drilformance, USA, provides a perspective on PDC bit innovation in this month’s cover story.

FLEXIBLE TECHNOLOGY
Heath Williams, Roger Keese, Sylvaine Le Roy-Delage, Justin Roye, Donald Leach, Peter Rottler and Olivier Porcherie, Schlumberger, USA, explain how a new flexible expanding cement system is being used to guard against poor cement sheath integrity and help solve sustainedcasing pressure problems in the Marcellus play.

MANAGING PRESSURE
Mehdi Mir Rajabi and Roger S. Stave, AGR Enhanced Drilling Solutions, Norway, analyse the advantages of managed pressure cementing in subsea wells.

OLD JOB, NEW TOOLS
Patrick Klima, Crystal Engineering, USA, explores new instrumentation options for diagnostic surface monitoring of artificial lift mechanisms.

CLEARLY DIFFERENT
Lauren Kaminski and Siv Howard, Cabot Specialty Fluids, UK and John Downs, Formate Brine Ltd, UK, explain how cesium salts dissolved in non-aqueous solvents create a totally new class of clear heavy fluids.

INTERVENTION PREVENTION
Tyson Bridger and Vincent Vieugue, Emerson Process Management, Norway, show how improved information and field intelligence means less well intervention.


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