Technology
Kaleidoscope: Super seismic
2 June 2010
Seismic interpretation has long been the biggest non-military consumer of computing power. Repsol's Kaleidoscope project ups the ante
FlowCAT: Maintaining downhole control
2 June 2010
A UK oilfield services company claims to have developed a more reliable and cost-effective way of dealing with failures in downhole safety valves
Seismic advances
6 April 2010
Seismic acquisition companies have upped their game, developing and fine-tuning technologies vital for exploration in ever-more complex offshore environments
US: EPA to study impact of fracking
6 April 2010
THE US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to launch a $1.9m study of the impact of hydraulic fracturing – fracking – on water quality and public health. If research reveals that this drilling technique has adverse health or environmental effects, new regulations could be promulgated that could discourage shale-gas development, one of the country's most prolific sources of natural gas
CSG-to-LNG grabs limelight in Australia
6 April 2010
Coal-seam gas (CSG) will play an increasingly important role in Australia's gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries
Mideast Gulf marine and offshore services market prospers
1 March 2010
Investment in shipyard capacity and technology is paying off, with the Gulf region undertaking increasingly sophisticated work in both the marine and services sectors
Coal gasification: unlocking the potential of low-quality coal
1 March 2010
For countries with large, even low-quality, coal reserves, gasification technology can enhance energy security while reducing energy costs
Tertiary oil-recovery techniques: reviving dying US fields
1 February 2010
Enhanced oil-recovery techniques can boost production from ageing oilfields by up to 60%. Small wonder that US oil companies are turning to tertiary-recovery methods to slow, or reverse output declines
Next-generation drillships launched
1 December 2009
Drillship design is evolving fast, with the latest generation of vessels smaller, more energy efficient and able to operate in ultra-deep waters, writes Ian Lewis
The gas industry's need for technology
2 November 2009
A long-term commitment to investment in upstream technology is essential if rising gas demand is to be met. By Andrew Gould, chairman and chief executive officer, Schlumberger
Smartening-up electricity supply
1 October 2009
Google and GE are among those working on a new way of supplying electricity to homes and businesses – smart grids are hailed by some as a miracle cure for global warming, writes Conal Walsh
GTL investment hits the buffers
1 October 2009
Oryx is close to capacity and Shell's Pearl is on track to start up in early 2011, but new GTL investment decisions are unlikely until costs decline further, writes Alex Forbes
BC: technology powers gas hot spot
1 September 2009
Improved drilling methods and incentives for tight-gas and shale-gas development have brightened the outlook for British Columbia
4-D seismic development advances
1 May 2009
Enhanced computer-processing capacity and greater expertise in data interpretation are making 4-D seismic surveying an attractive option for maximising reserves, writes Ian Lewis
Airline-maintenance best practice could enhance oil industry profitability
1 April 2009
Adopting the airlines' approach to the development of maintenance strategies could significantly increase operating uptime and profitability in the oil industry, writes Tony Geraghty, vice-president, Schlumberger Business Consulting
Automatons of the deep
1 April 2009
With subsea work becoming more difficult and dangerous, the oil industry is developing a new generation of aquabots, writes Anne Feltus
Colombia: "Huge potential" in biofuels
9 March 2009
The country will nearly quadruple biofuels production over the next decade, says energy minister Hernán Martínez
Synthetic fuels: a long-term vision
1 February 2009
Cleaner burning synthetic transport fuels offer air quality improvements and can provide supply security. But synfuels are destined to remain outside mainstream supply
GTL offers solution to gas flaring
1 February 2009
GTL's technology means Petrobras will no longer have to flare gas
Plugging the capability gap
1 November 2008
Technology is its middle name
1 July 2008
Attendance at this year's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston was at a 26-year high, with more than 75,000 through the door. The draw, as throughout the event's long history, is that it is a showcase for the pioneering offshore oil and technology and equipment. Darius Snieckus looks at some of the new kit
Pearl GTL – a gem of a project, so long as it works
1 April 2008
Construction is ramping up on the Qatar Petroleum and Shell-sponsored Pearl GTL venture in Qatar, one of the largest energy projects by value in the Middle East. Many will be surprised at how much money the project will make –if the technology works as planned. The project's managing director, Andy Brown, gives insights into the project's economics, contracting and execution strategy, and technology risk. Interview by Alex Forbes
Bottom Feeder: salvaging decks from the seafloor
1 April 2008
An innovative invention is making light work of raising sunken steel structures in the US Gulf of Mexico, writes Anne Feltus
An expanding frontier
1 June 2007
Encouraged by high prices and a positive demand outlook, and enabled by technologies that reduce risks and costs, the industry continues its expansion into ever-deeper waters, writes Anne Feltus