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October 2011

The October issue of Oilfield Technology presents a regional report of Asian oil and gas, and a lead feature on future energy options and synergies. There are also interesting articles on the industry-wide recruitment challenges, land seismic, and downhole tools and analysis. Our correspondent, Gordon Cope’s article ‘Shattering the gas ceiling’, delves into the controversies surround hydraulic fracturing and its importance to the industry. This issue will also take a couple of different looks at the broadly defined term, flow assurance.

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Editorial Comment

World news

Intelligent investments
Asia Pacific is rich in new opportunities. Richard Bailey, Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific, GL Noble Denton, explains.

Human capital or human crunch?
Matt Underhill, Hays Oil & Gas, Australia, discusses global staffing in the oil and gas industry.

The wireless evolution
Mark Amelang, CGGVeritas Land, USA, demonstrates how cableless operations afford flexibility, HSE advantages, and improved imaging.

No cables attached
The next revolution in land seismic data acquisition is here. Dennis Freed, FairfieldNodal, USA, explains.

MWD Ranging
Chip Abrant and Jonathan Lightfoot, Scientific Drilling, USA, consider ranging applications in the industry.

The perfect match
Claire Adam, Baker Hughes, UK, looks at concurrent drilling and completion fluid design and explains why an integrated approach improves well performance.

The Terra Invader
Herrenknecht Vertical GmbH, Germany, goes offshore with modern hydraulic hands-off technology. Thomas Janowski explains.

Shattering the gas ceiling
Oilfield Technology Correspondent Gordon Cope, provides an insight into the controversial topic of fracturing, which has either revolutionised the energy sector in North America or imperilled its environment, depending on ones’ point of view.

Scale-free shales
Ann Davis and Dewey Berger, Champion Technologies, USA, discuss how new frac chemistry prevents scaling in the Bakken shale wells.

Subsea tracer studies
Matt Wilson, Tracerco, UK, demonstrates different applications for radioisotope technology, to help offshore operators achieve effective pipeline flow assurance.

Taking flow assurance downhole
Terje Baustad, Emerson Process Management, Norway, explains how to reduce well intervention by taking flow assurance downhole.

“Houston, we have liftoff!”
Ian Anderson, Camcon Oil, UK, highlights the growing influence of digital artificial gas lift in flow assurance.

Production optimisation upstream and on stream
B.A. Coward, Honeywell Process Solutions, UK, demonstrates the savings and benefits of using gas lift optimisation technology.

Surveillance challenges in explosive environments
Willem Ryan, Bosch Security Systems, Inc., USA, introduces explosion protected video surveillance solutions in challenging environments.

Decommissioning difficulties and demands
Potential decommissioning expenditure in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) will be higher than initially forecast. Brian Nixon, Decom North Sea, UK, explains.

High performance, 1000 ft below
James Vultaggio, Trelleborg Offshore, USA, looks at the latest developments in syntactic foam insulation.

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