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March 2013

The March issue of Oilfield Technology takes a look at the European Outlook, with a particular focus on Decommissioning. Other articles look at artificial lift, interpreting seismic data and subsea operations. We also consider fracturing challenges, and issues surrounding recruitment in the industry.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

TREND SETTING
Georgina Kladis-Kalentzi, Deloitte Petroleum Services Group, UK, takes a look at how an upward trend in drilling activity at the end of 2012 has set positive expectations for European O&G operations in 2013.

INTEGRATED OPERATIONS
Tony Edwards, StepChange Global, UK, explains how integrated operations are the future of the oil and gas industry.

NEW TRICKS FOR OLD HANDS
Dr Julian Pickering and Samit Sengupta, Digital Oilfield Training Services, UK, reveal the importance of effective employee training behind the success of digital

TURNING DATA INTO KNOWLEDGE
Simon Howes and Terry Bagust, Interica, UK, look at the increasing importance of E&P data and the necessity of effective data management.

UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Harold G. Walters, Ph.D., and Nick Schischka, Halliburton, USA, explain how unconventional fracturing can be understood through statistically matching fracture networks to microseismic data.

A SHALE TALE
Oilfield Technology Correspondent Gordon Cope, tells us the story of how advances in stimulation technology transformed shale gas, and points out that if the shale revolution is to continue, hydraulic fracturing must change again.

LICENCE TO DRILL
Lars Sørum, DNV, Europe & North Africa, outlines the importance of risk management for shale gas operators.

TAKING TELEMETRY FORWARD
David Pixton, NOV, USA, explains how advances in high-speed telemetry are enhancing MWD/LWD operations.

INTEGRITY IS INTEGRAL
Patrick O’Brien, Wood Group Kenny, Adriana Botto, SURF Programme: Wood Group Integrity Management (WGIM), and Keith Mackie, ITF, take a look at advancing and automating the integrity management strategy for subsea umbilical riser and flowline (SURF) systems.

FLOATING AN IDEA
Paddy Collins, Aubin Ltd, UK, explains how incompressible gel can be used as part of a buoyancy system that offers advantages in subsea operations.

GETTING MORE FROM LESS
Sacha Sarshar and Dr. Najam Beg, Caltec Ltd, UK, examine the role that surface jet pumps (SJPs) can have in getting more out of low pressure wells.

FAULT FIGHTING
Dave Shanks, Zenith Oilfield Technology, UK, explains how to get to the bottom of ground faults in artificial lift.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
Paul Dymond, Oil & Gas UK, explores some of the opportunities that the growing offshore decommissioning industry is making available on the UKCS.

THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE OUT THERE
Steve Edwards, Talisman Executive, UK, discusses the current career opportunities available within the oil and gas sector.

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Matthew Halle, NES Global Talent, UK, gives guidance on how oil and  gas companies should adapt to deal with the recent challenges posed by the changing recruitment landscape.


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