Technology
Shale debate needs more light and less heat, says WEC chair
6 August 2013
Hwan-eik Cho, chairman of the World Energy Congress 2013, argues that the debate about shale gas is in danger of being derailed by the often emotional rhetoric surrounding the unconventional fuel
Norway putting CCS to the test despite costs and delays
15 July 2013
Norway is set to be the proving ground for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration. Despite delays and spiralling costs, the country's hope to be the first to develop a commercial, industrial-scale facility may become reality. Justin Jacobs reports from the Mongstad test facility
Demand growth slow in the chemicals business
6 June 2013
The worldwide chemicals business faltered last year, with demand-growth slowing and profitability coming under attack from price competition
Japan taps first gas from methane hydrates
13 March 2013
The country has taken an significant step towards a next-generation fuel source
Gas To Liquid technology pushes at the margins
26 February 2013
Turning natural gas into diesel has many advantages, especially in the US
The film Promised Land fails to deliver
16 January 2013
Matt Damon attempts to take on the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing and the US’s booming gas industry – but his latest film misses its target
Better data, better value operations, says GE Oil & Gas
4 January 2013
Monitoring and diagnostics is a fast-evolving part of the oil and gas industry, and one which is becoming crucial for asset optimisation, writes Hasan Dandashly from GE Oil & Gas
Subsea technology takes centre stage in Brazil
3 January 2013
State-owned Petrobras has long committed to research and development, a strategy that will harvest benefits from subsea development
The challenge of new and old technology for explorers
3 January 2013
The hunt for hydrocarbons has driven technological innovation in the energy sector. Now, as explorers are forced to go deeper, and into hostile environments, the role of technology has never been more important
Shell moves ahead with Canadian CCS project
6 September 2012
Shell has made a long-awaited decision to proceed with Canada’s first large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project
IEA sees North America unconventionals as global bridge
16 August 2012
Greater assurances of the safety of fracking are needed, says IEA
The importance of shale gas-ification of oil
9 July 2012
Everyone now knows what happened in the US’ natural-gas sector. Strong Henry Hub prices brought a costly, tricky method of gas extraction into the mainstream. Just a few years after US politicians and forecasters were fretting about dwindling reserves and firms rushed to build liquefied natural gas import terminals to capitalise on the inevitable rise in prices, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling unleashed vast new supplies. Production costs tumbled as the drillers honed the technology. The US is now in an age of gas abundance.
Strong demand growth for the chemicals business, for now
6 July 2012
The worldwide chemicals business is seeing strong growth in demand – but faltering economies remain a risk
Up-cycle continues for worldwide chemicals sector
6 July 2012
The chemicals business continues in a strong up-cycle driven by favourable market fundamentals
Pioneer’s collapse hits Canada’s CCS hopes
3 May 2012
Canada’s hopes for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) are in tatters following the collapse of a taxpayer-backed multi-billion dollar project
Spill prevention is better than cure for deep-water operators
12 April 2012
Two years on from the Macondo, safety technology is taking centre stage for deep-water operators
Push for new fracking disclosures in Europe
10 April 2012
ExxonMobil has called on the industry to establish a system of disclosure for the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Europe
China invests big for technology grab
30 November 2011
While accepting its energy-import dependence, China is investing big, at home and abroad, to make the most of domestic, and global, oil and gas resources
Platform-less deep-water development could become reality
10 November 2011
Innovation is in Petrobras’s DNA, so dreams of a platform-less offshore environment may become reality within a decade
Biofuels are the best way to cut transport emissions
22 September 2011
Increased biofuels use is the best way to cut emissions from the transport sector says Shell
High hopes for new refinery residue fuel
24 August 2011
A UK company has developed an alternative for heavy oil fuel by converting refinery residues into an oil-in-water emulsion
PDO's solar-EOR first for Middle East Gulf
4 August 2011
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has ordered a 7 megawatt solar, enhanced oil-recovery (EOR) system from California’s GlassPoint Solar, for use at an existing thermal EOR project in the south of the sultanate
Chemicals sector targets Marcellus Shale
19 July 2011
With the chemicals business in an up-cycle and North American gas prices low, companies are looking to boost US ethylene capacity, based on shale resources
Enhanced oil recovery: A vital tool in a low-carbon future
18 July 2011
Enhanced oil recovery using CO2 injection delivers twin benefits: the cost advantage of increased hydrocarbons recovery; plus the removal of harmful carbon emissions from the atmosphere, writes Raúl Camba*
Horizontal drilling could unlock Alaskan resources
18 July 2011
Horizontal drilling techniques could unlock oil and gas resources beneath Alaska’s environmentally sensitive areas, but would require a change to federal law to allow the practice
Research & Development: Vital for the energy transition
18 July 2011
Technology will be a crucial to the energy transition, unlocking new supply sources: both fossil fuel and renewable. Companies that successfully manage R&D will have first-mover advantage