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May 2012

The May issue of Oilfield Technology takes a look at the latest advances in seismic, intelligent completions, well control systems, stimulation technology, shale gas, and drilling vessels and platforms.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

THE NEED FOR ARCTIC OIL
Anne Southam, ERM, USA, Ross Mitchell, ERM, Canada, Peter Rowley, David Ruddock and Gail Nxumalo, ERM, UK, list the key lessons in managing Non-Technical Risks (NTRs) for oil and gas development in the Arctic.

DEFINING UNCERTAINTY
Dan Hampson and Franck Delbecq, Hampson-Russell, Canada and Robert Porjesz, Hampson-Russell, UK, put their current development work in seismic reservoir characterisation into context and explain their approach to making software easy to use and accessible for the E&P community.

A CABLE-FREE FUTURE?
Doug Crice, Wireless Seismic Inc., USA, shows how cableless systems are starting to penetrate the land seismic market.

LOOK CLOSER AT YOUR RESERVOIR
Juergen Pruessmann, Guido Gierse and Henning Trappe, TEEC, Germany, show how CRS processing of hydrocarbon and CCS reservoirs can provide greater detail.

CHARACTERISING CARBONATE RESERVOIRS
Wang Shixing, SINOPEC, China, covers some recent advances in the seismic characterisation of fault-controlled karst fracture-cave carbonate reservoirs.

EQUIPPING THE REVOLUTION
Katherine Mountjoy, ESG Solutions, Canada, explains how microseismic monitoring is helping push forward the boundaries of shale exploration.

OVERACHIEVER
Oilfield Technology Correspondent, Gordon Cope, shows that the ascendancy of shale gas is due to advances in drilling and completions and argues that it will now take innovation in other areas to save it from its own success.

AN UNCONVENTIONAL FUTURE?
Cyril Widdershoven and Mart Zijp, TNO, The Netherlands, point out how although shale gas may prove vital to the future Dutch economy, the unique conditions of the Dutch subsurface mean safety measures and proper planning cannot afford to be overlooked.

A SIGN OF GOOD THINGS TO COME?
Mike Konopczynski, Halliburton, USA, asks whether innovations and new applications are a sign of impending growth.

NETWORKED DRILLSTRING TECHNOLOGY
Daan Veeningen, NOV IntelliServ, USA, shows how networked drillstrings are helping solve completion challenges of today.

SUBSEA SURVEILLANCE
Brian Holland and Gerry Coghlan, Centrica Energy, UK and George Brown, Gary Rogers, Scott Anderson, Emmanuel Balster and Martin Rafael Figueroa, Schlumberger, UK, show how using DTS for subsea well surveillance can heighten understanding whilst reducing risk.

FIGHTING FIRE
Jan-Hugo Nilssen, Trelleborg, Norway, examines the development of new fire safety systems designed to ensure safety on offshore rigs.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Barry J. Cooper, the Well Control School, USA, outlines a new development in the training of rig personnel.


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