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November 2014

The November issue of Oilfield Technology considers West Africa’s great potential: both in terms of the large regions, as well as smaller players. The lead feature this issue is Drill Bit technology, with fascinating technical contributions from Smith Bits – a Schlumberger company, Drilformance and Shear Bits.  The rest of the issue is filled with editorial on Offshore Compression, Completions, Artificial Lift, Workovers, Decommissioning, and Workforce Challenges.

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In the shadow of giants: West Africa’s emerging players
Sophie Howden, IHS, UK, assesses the present health of the West African oil and gas market and considers the numerous areas for future growth.

Making an impression with compression
Jon Arve Svaeren, OneSubsea, introduces the world’s first subsea wet gas compression system designed to maximise profitability over the life of a field.

Corrosion testing in tropical waters
Alan Souza, Sandvik Materials Technology, Brazil, explains how the stainless steel manufacturer has developed advanced hydraulic and instrumentation tubing in super-duplex material for topside applications.

Staying safe in the salt
Considering a case study in a Gulf of Mexico salt formation, Alex Goodwin, Tommy Laird and Eddie Valverde, Weatherford, USA, showcase how a first wired-through underreamer connects MWD, RSS and eliminates ratholes.

Improving the daily grind
Carl Griffiths, Dean, Smith and Grace, UK, discusses a new machine tool for the grinding of a multitude of downhole oil tools.

Getting ready to roll
Robert Ford, Smith Bits - a Schlumberger company, USA, examines a new PDC design that allows operators to get more from their drill bits.

Don’t let it slip
Kelly Berndt, Drilformance, USA, presents a new drilling technology that aims to eliminate slide and improve overall ROP.

A hybrid solution
Combining the best characteristics of both PDC and rollercone bits, Tim Beaton, Shear Bits, USA, champions a new type of drill bit.

A holistic choice
Paul Meeks, Tesco Corporation, USA, discusses developments in offshore completion control line services.

Investment returns
Rick Hornsby, Halliburton, USA, discusses maximising gas production with foam-assisted lift.

Working through winter
Article John Berning and R. Travis Tinnin, Dover Artificial Lift, USA, look at the harsh conditions facing operators in the Bakken shale and explain how they can keep their wells working through winter.

Rethinking interventions
Brian K. Sidle, Welltec, Denmark, challenges the oil and gas industry to become more creative and strive for efficient well lifecycles.

Advancing intervention
Phil Bosworth, Helix Well Ops, UK, looks at the history and current issues with developments in subsea well intervention, from the starting point of subsea intervention lubricators (SIL) for light intervention.

Decommissioning: new tools for a new era
Peter Devine, Versabar, USA, delves into the history of decommissioning activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Making difficult decisions
David Booth and Ashley Fowler, Decommissioning Ecology Group, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, look at the ways in which the decision-making process surrounding offshore decommissioning can be optimised.

The company that trains together stays together
Jennifer Latson, on behalf of Tenaris, shows how an emphasis on training helps companies retain talent and allows their employees to achieve career goals.

Mitigating risk with mobility
With the global oil and gas industry dependent on a highly mobile workforce, ensuring the compliant and timely movement of workers across international borders has become an essential element in addressing people-related risk, says Graeme Lewis, Air Energi.

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