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October 2010

The October issue of Oilfield Technology opens with Gordon Cope’s regional report looking at the South American region. Following this are a couple of interesting articles discussing the need for managing risks, which is particularly relevant in light of the Macondo diasaster. Other features in this issue include articles on seismic technology, flowlines and pipelines, compression systems and well stimulation.

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Round up time
Gordon Cope, Oilfield Technology Correspondent, looks at advanced technologies that are benefiting new resources as well as old in the South American region.

Next generation drilling
John Mummings-Tomes, Marsh, UK, discusses the need to learn from lessons and manage risks more effectively.

A date which will live
Scott M. Shemwell and Robert T. Dowlearn, Knowledge Ops, Inc., USA, discuss the systems and processes that are being put in place after the Macondo disaster on 20 April 2010.

Heading in a new direction
Louise S. Durham, on behalf of FairfieldNodal, USA, explores the future of land seismic technology.

A risk reduction
Philip Neri, Paradigm, USA, details how adopting reservoir engineering applications reduces exploration risk.

Pushing the boundaries
Rich Billa and Dave Elliott, Shell, USA and The Netherlands, consider a number of innovative drilling techniques to unlock tight gas reservoirs.

Lift off for SRP
Mark W. Mahoney, Lufkin Industries, Oman, discusses the benefits of sucker rod pumping systems for artificial lift.

Shifting sands
Colin Sherwood, RBG, UK, outlines how an online de-sander optimises performance.

Putting care into the repair
Allan Glennie, Subsea 7, UK, provides an overview of the Girassol pipeline repair project.

How much are facts worth?
Kenneth McClelland, Schlumberger, USA, explains the value of taking guesswork out of stimulation design.

It’s smart to get a head start
Andrew Mabian and Valentin Koldunov, Salym Petroleum Development ?NV, Russia, and Ron Cramer, Shell Global Solutions Inc., USA, focus on the challenges and rewards of continuous field optimisation.

Same dog...a few new tricks
Adam Schmidt, The GasGun, Inc., USA, discusses the growing list of applications for propellant tools in the increasingly complex world of well stimulations.

Compression solutions for CO2 applications
H. Allan Kidd and Harry F Miller, Dresser-Rand, USA, describe two types of compression technologies that are applicable to CO2 applications including traditional centrifugal and supersonic technology.

A direct route to data
Andy Eberhard, UFC, Inc., USA, explains the importance of data capture beyond oil and gas operations.

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