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Cultural challenges in oil and gas industry management

Managing emotions in intercultural environments boosts production.

Paleobiology as a driver in exploration activities

Paleo-ecological information and biostratigraphic data may lead to new play prospects.

Aquaterra installs its first Sea Swift platform

The conductor-supported platform improves developments and can be installed by standard jackup rigs, eliminating the need for more costly installation vessels.

Chocking technology facilitates underwater repair program on North Sea platform

The subsea method has the ability protects effectively against conductor damage.

Downhole tool, designed to deploy sand screens in ERD wells, saves Opex, reduces risk and improves operational efficiency

Single-tool technology bypasses the use of drill collars while increasing available surface weight.

Fast-track delivery of pipeline section

Under an extremely tight deadline, High-Frequency Induction (HFI) steel linepipe provided a high-quality, cost-effective replacement for a corroded pipeline section in the North Sea for Apache.

Italy: Italian operators' environmental successes at home make them highly sought abroad

Interview, Sergio Polito, senior vice president of procurement at Eni S.p.A.

Netherlands: Dutch research partnership working to deliver faster recovery, cost reductions

Interview, Jan H. Brouwer, program director of ISAPP, TNO

Norway: StatoilHydro aims to boost production on Norwegian shelf and increase competitiveness internationally, company exec says

Interview, Tore Torvund, executive vice president for E&P at StatoilHydro

Remedial Offshore builds new vessel type

Hybid combines the best of liftboats, jackups and liftbarges.

Toward compact separation of crude oil

Electrostatic coalescers in oil/water separators improve heavy oil testing methods.

UK: Energy chief says reorganized agency is a 'voice for business'

Interview, Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State for Energy, BERR

Well optimization through downhole water control

Wireline tractor tools offer increased capabilities beyond conventional intervention methods.

Azimuthal, deep-reading LWD tool optimizes geosteering in North Sea well

The new tool helped StatoilHydro place a long horizontal section in a thin reservoir.

Active year in UK continental shelf amid market and legislative uncertainties

The year 2007 has been another active year in the UK Continental Shelf

Environment a priority in rig fleet's fire safety selection

Faced with increasingly tough environmental and safety regulations, drilling company GlobalSantaFe studied many alternatives to find a greener fire protection system.

Improving the 4D signal in the Valhall gas cloud

Using a newly discovered multiple removal technique, 4D interpretation becomes much clearer.

Oil and gas in the capitals

TEven if the North Sea is a mature petroleum province, with a declining output of crude oil, it’s gotten a boost from the recent oil price spike. Natural gas output could be most positively affected, and development will affect not only the European market, but also potential supplies to the US, as well as demand for Russian gas. Total North Sea gas output is flattening as UK levels are declining and only Norway’s output is still growing. According to Barclay’s Oil Data Review of Sept. 19, 2007, the combined oil production of Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom is set to decline from 4.73 million bpd in 2006 to 3.99 million bpd in 2008, a loss of almost 16% over two years, further reducing Europe’s self-sufficiency in oil. Higher prices and eventually more lenient fiscal conditions might slow the decline of North Sea oil output, but hardly reverse the trend..

Monitoring oil-in-water in offshore production

In 2006, Statoil tested an ultrasonic, in-line oil-in-water monitor on Sleipner A platform. The company found that the online monitor minimizes errors that can result from traditional manual sampling, and it also provides early warning signs of potential hazards, thus allowing preemptive measures to correct possible problems. The monitor’s real-time information on oil concentration can be used for more proactive operation and control, thus enabling better regulation of the produced water facility. GLOBAL WATER PRODUCTION The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in global water production. Globally, the average watercut is 75%, a 5% increase on watercuts 10 years ago. Watercut is also increasing on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), where water-to-oil ratios have increased substantially. According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), annual oil discharges to the sea total over 3,000 tons, with a water-to-oil ratio that increased to 1.2 in 2006 from 0.93 in 2004.

North Sea activity remains sound

Continued strong prices are attracting greater investment. Thus, exploration is increasing, as operators look for new reserves to stem production declines.

Reservoir formation failure and sanding prediction for well-construction and completion design

Two North Sea fields overcame sanding problems after detailed rock mechanic analysis and completion designs tailored to the reservoirs' limits.