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First subsea dual-ESP development tied back to an FPSO

From the first well to the last, Santos saved 30% of normal completion time by batch-installing field completions at Mutineer-Exeter field, off Australia.

What's new in production

New surfactant could “pep up" brown fields; Deepwater optical net coming

What's new in exploration

Hyper-sensitive acoustic sensors; New geo-dating technique; SAFOD drills the San Andreas

What's new in exploration

HDR update; Logging earthquake zones; Seamount collision

Sand control succeeds in high-rate, big-bore gas wells

Use of expandable sand screens in horizontal holes offshore Australia prevented sand production, and generated high output of gas and condensate.

Editorial Comment

The problem with reserves

What's new in exploration

HDR - the hottest new resource

Assessing margin to prospect scale controls on hydrocarbon leakage and seepage

The objective is to develop a better understanding of how to use remote sensing techniques, specifically, synthetic aperture radar, to reduce exploration uncertainty

South Pacific: Offshore developments stressed

International operators are being offered licenses to find/ develop more reserves offshore, particularly gas, to supply expanding markets

Sustainable ecosystems: A critical step in sustainable development

ChevronTexaco's Biodiversity Protection Program for Barrow Island has been a long term success in preserving a unique habitat

South Pacific: Gas projects dominate the region

Onshore and offshore projects, especially LNG, are key drivers of drilling and field development

What's new in production

Data via acoustic telemetry is a reality; World's first FLNG approved

2022 Forecast: Activity outside North America will lead global recovery


Every region will post an increase, led by the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and the FSU. Offshore activity will grow at about the same pace as onshore drilling.

Mid-Year Forecast: International operators make their way forward carefully

Cameron Wallace, Kurt Abraham

Although global oil and gas demand has recovered much of the ground lost last year, there are plenty of question marks left in the market for operators to navigate, including ESG and renewables challenges.

Multilateral wells reduce capex in subsea development

An application of a multilateral junction system offshore Australia’s Northwest Shelf replaces 18 single wells with nine multilateral wells, saving significant time and cost.

What’s new in exploration

Papua New Guinea emerging as a natural gas province

Regional Report - Australia: Excessive costs, sluggish approval process could slow Australia’s push to be world leader in LNG exports

As Australia accelerates its drive to become the world’s premier liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter—sooner rather than later—oil (what there is of it) continues to reside on the nation’s energy backburner.

Oilfield horizontal drilling technology used to degas an Australian coal mine

Xstrata and PathFinder applied oilfield technology to construct a pattern of vertical and horizontal wells to degassify a coal mine in Australia. A custom extended reach drilling rig was built, and a mud motor used to drill horizontal laterals of about 12,000 ft at a depth of 500 ft. Pre-job modeling, automated surface rotational controls and MWD surveys reduced risk and improved drilling efficiency.

Drilling with casing cuts top-hole time, sets length record

Drilling with casing in Australia’s Carnarvon basin saved 24 hours of rig time by drilling, casing and cementing the top-hole section to total depth in a single trip.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden

Double whammy tightens Australian oilfield labor woes

With extensive offshore, coal seam and shale gas resources, Australia is poised to become a leading LNG supplier to Asia-Pacific markets

The Asia-Pacific region is divided into nations of energy “haves” and “have-nots.” Japan and South Korea are highly industrialized nations with virtually no oil and gas resources.