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May 2013

The May issue of Oilfield Technology takes a particular focus on exploration, with features on seismic innovation, visualization and reservoir simulation. Other features look at fracturing, floating production, well control and extended reach. The regional focus for the issue is Asia.


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Contents

Raising the stakes
Oilfield Technology Correspondent Ng Weng Hoong focuses on Asia, and highlights how upstream competition is heating up in the region.

Light on the horizon
Pekka Paasivaara, GL Noble Denton, UK/Germany, unveils industry research that shows strong confidence for 2013, despite challenges ahead.

The art of integration
In a recent interview with CGG, Oilfield Technology Editor Anna Scordos asked Sophie Zurquiyah (Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR) division) how CGG intends to establish itself as an integrated geoscience company.

Boosting the bottom line
Chris Walker and David Hays, FairfieldNodal, UK & USA, explain how advances in ocean bottom seismic are allowing companies to shoot more data without breaking the bank.

Simulating success
Dr Lindsay Wood, Sciencesoft Ltd, UK, examines the increasing importance of simulation in maximising oil and gas recovery.

Getting to know the niobrara
Morgan P. Brown, Joseph H. Higginbotham, Cosmin Macesanu and Oscar E. Ramirez, Wave Imaging Technology Inc., USA and Dave List and Chris Lang, Fidelity E&P Co., USA, provide a case study for the use of prestack depth migration (PSDM) in unconventional reservoirs.

Know your h20
Daryl McCracken and Elizabeth Naggar, Baker Hughes, USA, show how integrated water management can reduce water management costs while increasing production. 

Reaching out
Michael Gaines, Kenny Hershberger, Michael Coss, David Pixton and Andrew Craig, NOV, USA, examine the advantages that extended reach drilling can bring to the oil and gas industry, and detail some of the technological developments that are making extended reach wells easier to drill.

Pushing the downhole envelope
Brian Green, Calidus Engineering Ltd, UK, shows how increasingly hazardous HPHT conditions are making reliability and improved performance ever more important for downhole tools.

Emergency response
Freddy Gebhardt, Steve Vorenkamp and Joe Dean Thompson, Wild Well Control, Inc., USA, present an overview of activities vital in preparing for, and reacting to, emergency situations at the wellsite.

A regulator conundrum
Michael D. Adkins and Wouter Pronk, Swagelok Co., USA, investigate the causes of the supply pressure effect (SPE) and provide advice on how to deal with this phenomenon.

The next big thing
Phil Suter and Gareth Williams, Dolphin Geophysical, Norway, explain why oil companies need to think not just ‘big’, but ‘huge’ when it comes to tapping into the enormous potential of frontier exploration acreage. 

Wide load
Jonathan Martinez, Dockwise, The Netherlands, analyses some of the latest super-heavy lift vessel designs that aim to allow oil and gas majors to undertake ever more ambitious offshore projects. 

Staging an intervention
Roddy James, Stork Technical Services Subsea, UK, shows us how the use of specialised intervention craft can enable safe and efficient subsea IRM.


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