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July 2013

The July issue of Oilfield Technology covers the specific challenges and opportunities raised by operating in the bountiful but unpredictable West African region. July’s Lead Feature on Maximising Production shows how companies can make the most out of their assets. The rest of the issue covers Seismic Processing, Artifical Lift, Water Treatment/Management, Well Control, Reservoir Characterisation and Safety and Security.


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Contents

| 03 | EDITORIAL COMMENT

| 05 | WORLD NEWS

| 10 | RISING INSECURITY
Keri Leicher, Consultancy Africa Intelligence, South Africa, takes a look at West Africa’s slippery oil future.

| 14 | AFRICAN ADVENTURES
Didier Lluch, Repsol, Spain, explains the importance of supercomputers in the analysis of seismic imaging data as the global oil and gas industry turns its focus towards offshore West Africa.

| 18 | LOOKING INTO LA LUNA
Edward Tovar & Nelbett Marfisi, Ecopetrol, and Elizabeth Diaz & Joel Walls, Ingrain Inc., use digital rock physics (DRP) for reservoir characterisation in the La Luna formation.

| 23 | EXCEED EXPECTATIONS
Water usage in the O&G sector is growing rapidly – as are constraints. Oilfield Technology correspondent Gordon Cope explores some of the challenges and solutions.

| 35 | KEEPING WATER SOFT
Michael Dejak, Eco-Tec Inc., Canada, unveils a next generation water filtration technology for the oil and gas industry.

| 41 | CLEANING UP CRUDE PRODUCTION
Jay Keener, Produced Water Absorbents, USA, reveals the development of a new water treatment technology designed to help ‘clean up’ the hydrocarbon industry.

| 45 | PLUGGING THE GAP IN LEAK DETECTION
Dr Frances Metcalfe, Cambridge Consultants, UK, looks at the range of automatic leak detection techniques currently in use and points out some key opportunities for improvement.

| 49 | A GUIDE TO OPERATING IN THE UNCONVENTIONAL
Sheldon Jahn and Jennifer McMurtry, KUDU, Canada, provide a troubleshooting guide for the use of PCPs in CBM operations.

| 52 | Y NOT TAKE THE NEXT STEP?
Evan Sheline, ESP Completion Technologies, USA, shows how a new approach helps solve the problems caused by weaknesses in the standard ESP bypass system (Y-tool) design.

| 57 | HAMMER TIME
Jack Kolle, Oil States Energy Services/Tempress, USA, provides an overview of some extended reach well intervention tools.

| 62 | EXTENDING THE LIFE OF AGEING ASSETS
>Dr Liane Smith, Wood Group Intetech, UK, shows how integrity management and corrosion modelling tools provide a systemic approach to ensuring the safe and reliable operation of ageing assets for oil and gas operators looking to squeeze more from mature reservoirs and facilities.

| 66 | AVOIDING ARC FLASH AFTERMATH
Marty Trivette, GE, USA, outlines various strategies and technologies that can be deployed to protect workers and speed recovery from arc flash incidents in oil and gas operations.

| 69 | BLOW YOUR WHISTLE?
David Lawler, Forensic Risk Alliance, UK, reveals everything you wanted to know about whistleblowing, but were afraid to ask.


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