Technology
Advancing under pressure
1 July 2007
With most easy-to-access hydrocarbons discovered, energy firms are looking to formations in ultra-deep, HP/HT environments. But exploiting these reserves will not be easy, or cheap, writes Anne Feltus
GTL with a difference
1 July 2007
If you can't flare it, reinject it or pipe it somewhere else, what do you do with associated gas? Petrobras thinks CompactGTL, a UK firm, may have a solution. Tom Nicholls writes
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
Beyond gadgets and gizmos
1 June 2007
Shell is seeking solutions that go beyond gadgets and conventional approaches to extract as much oil and gas as possible from existing fields and harder-to-develop resources, writes Anne Feltus
EM success spurs demand
1 April 2007
The scramble for market share in the nascent, but increasingly lucrative electromagnetic surveying sector is intensifying, writes Ian Lewis
Targeting 60% cut in well costs
1 April 2007
An innovative approach to establishing wells on the sea-floor could cut drilling costs in ultra-deep waters by 60%, writes Anne Feltus
CNG: a market waiting to happen
1 March 2007
With CNG marine-transport technology maturing, a new door is opening for firms looking to deliver gas to market. But companies remain wary of being the first to adopt the technology, writes Martin Clark
Surge in interest a long time coming
1 January 2007
In the near future GTL will br Good-To-Go
Foreign-made rigs feed US drilling boom
1 December 2006
US drilling services are going abroad to find new climes at cheaper costs.
A new direction
1 November 2006
The Monash CTL venture marks a logical change of direction for Australia's coal industry and an opportunity to reduce rising oil imports. But technological and cost hurdles remain, writes Martin Clark
Statoil goes for 55%
1 August 2006
Statoil has an ambition of achieving an average recovery rate of 55% from its subsea-completed oilfields – a remarkable target, bearing in mind that at present only the best platform-completed fields achieve this figure. The firm pins its hopes on a suite of new technologies, Martin Quinlan writes
Virtual reality
1 April 2006
Oilfield operators and explorers are using more comprehensive simulation tools than ever before to plan ahead and mitigate risk to achieve the maximum potential from oil and gas projects, writes Martin Clark
The billion-dollar blockage
1 April 2006
Cold-flow technology could save the offshore energy industry billions of dollars by preventing flowline blockages that hold up production and prolong the economic life of many fields. Anne Feltus reports
Technology firms wait for majors to dig deeper
1 April 2006
Seabed drilling rigs have been around in one form or another for decades, but high costs and technical obstacles have stemmed their widespread use. Now, as exploration moves ever deeper into the oceans, developers hope they have a technology whose time has come. Ian Lewis writes
In vogue
1 April 2006
With the start-up of Oryx expected within a few months, 2006 could mark the start of a GTL boom. Ayesha Daya reports from Doha's Megas Summit, a catwalk for the energy industry's latest fad
Coiled-tubing drilling gets big
29 November 2005
Unnoticed by most except the specialist contractors, over the past three years there has been a four-fold increase in the worldwide annual total of wells drilled with coiled-tubing equipment. The new technology – troubled by equipment problems in its early days – is still aimed at niche applications, but it has grown into a big business, Martin Quinlan writes
A problem for the future
1 July 2005
The number of platforms being decommissioned each year in the US Gulf of Mexico is outpacing the number of new installations. As retiring platforms are found in ever-deeper waters, innovative solutions will be required, writes Anne Feltus
Collaboration creates ultra-deep opportunities
1 July 2005
It is ironic that one of the largest and most complex development projects undertaken in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) has been labelled the Independence Hub, writes Anne Feltus
Exploration revolution
1 July 2005
Electromagnetic surveying has long been a vital tool for academic geologists. Now the race is on to commercialise it as a way of detecting hydrocarbons deposits. The results could revolutionise oil and gas exploration, writes Ian Lewis
The discovery challenge
1 May 2005
Good times may be here for the oil and gas industry. At around $50 a barrel, oil prices are high and some analysts say they could rise much further. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that fossil-fuel resources are more than adequate to meet demand until 2030 and beyond. To profit from that environment, firms must apply innovative technologies, writes Tony Wood, global chemicals and petroleum executive, IBM