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September 2013

The September issue of Oilfield Technology takes a close look at the Brazilian oil and gas industry. The September issue will also feature interesting and informative articles on 4D Seismic, Drilling Optimisation, Extended Reach Operations, Shale Gas/Fracturing, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Oilfield Production and flow control.


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Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT

WORLD NEWS

BRACING FOR THE BRAZILIAN BOOM
Simon Coton, NES Global Talent, UK, discusses skills shortages and solutions in Brazil’s oil and gas sector.

SEIZING THE ONSHORE OPPORTUNITY IN BRAZIL
José de Sá, John Norton and Juan Carlos Gay, Bain & Company, show that Brazil’s oil and gas industry has tremendous new opportunities onshore, but to make the most of these new reserves, operators will need new capabilities and the ability to operate efficiently.

INNOVATION AT ISLAY
Sylvain Denniel and Brian Lynch, Technip UK, show how Total’s Islay project is a key example of the kind of innovation required in today’s E&P and subsea service delivery market.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH CO2?
Oilfield Technology correspondent, Gordon Cope explains how although combining enhanced oil recovery with carbon sequestration sounds like a win-win situation, significant hurdles stand in the way.

AUTOMATING ARTIFICIAL LIFT MANAGEMENT
Julian Cudmore, Zenith Oilfield Technology, UK, takes a look at a well surveillance system that can allow operators to automate the processes involved in optimising artificially lifted wells.

FINDING THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
Sarah Mitchell and Rob Nordlander, WWT International Inc., USA, examine the importance of bearings in reducing friction in extended reach wells.

VANQUISHING VIBRATION
Brad Harkey, Richard Hewlett, Richard Schultze and Daan Veeningen, NOV Downhole, USA, provide a historical perspective on the oil and gas industry’s progress in bringing clarity in downhole dynamics, and reveal/discuss the resulting technological developments.

DRIVING DRILLING EFFICIENCY
Matt Regan and Ben Lovell, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies, Norway, show how access to real time data is becoming a fundamental part of drilling optimisation.

WORKING WITH THE WONDERS OF WIRELESS
Victor Garcia and Adrienne Lutovsky, ProSoft Technology, USA, and Chris Deakin, Boss Automation, USA, take a look at the varied applications of wireless technology in an oilfield environment.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE MARGINS
Mark Patton, Wireless Automation Group, USA, shows how wireless monitoring of oilfield assets can cut risks and boost profits.

WORKING WITH THE 4TH DIMENSION
Graham Brew, Dynamic Graphics Inc., USA, and Jane Wheelwright, Dynamic Graphics Ltd., UK, discuss the integration of 4D seismic data into the reservoir management workflow.

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
Tony Robertson, NEL, UK, looks at the challenge of dealing with waste water from unconventional gas production in the UK.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Joy Sutton, Harry Kaufman, Arash Shadravan and George Song, CSI Technologies, USA, examine cementing best practices to prevent gas migration and counter annular pressure build-up.

TAKING TUBULARS OFFLINE
Aaron Sinnott, Weatherford, USA, details a streamlined tubular management programme that can reduce costs and improve wellsite performance.

FUTURE-PROOFING
Dr. Rod Martin, Element Materials Technology, UK, explains why the development of advanced oilfield technology is key to the future of ultra-deepwater subsea processing.

HIGH DEMAND, LOW SUPPLY
Mark Guest, OilCareers.com, UK, explains how training and development investment are seen as critical to easing the skills shortage as unconventionals take centre stage.


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