World Oil magazine for February 2012 edition has been released. You can read latest news on oil and gas exploration, drilling and production sector in this issue. Here are feature articles for this month.
Barnett shale gas production rises despite lower rig count
In deference to American literary icon Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Barnett shale play have been greatly exaggerated. Even though the active rig count plummeted to a seven-year low in late 2011, impervious Barnett disciples insist that those delivering the postmortem for the granddaddy of unconventional shale gas plays are terribly premature.
Regional Report Southeast Asia: Deepwater projects remain the steady core in a slower E&P pace
Although E&P work has slowed overall, deepwater projects remain the heartbeat of Southeast Asia. A number of new fields will go onstream in the next several years, and additional projects are under evaluation. Deepwater development in this region can be relatively expensive and technically challenging.
New rig designs fill efficiency, utility voids
A majority of the deepwater rigs that have been ordered in the last few years are traditional drillships and semisubmersibles. However, not all rigs are built alike, as is the case with two drillship models being built for Noble Corp., as well as a unique type of semi being constructed for Norwegian operator Statoil via rig contractor Songa Offshore.
Oilfield horizontal drilling technology used to degas an Australian coal mine
Clint Todhunter, Ian Crane, Jim Foreman, Michael Franklin, Jon Hill, John Perry and Greg Maszaros
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.
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