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i-TEC Launches Revolutionary Well Technology

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Stimulation of offshore well achieved in 1.5 days, in contrast to the normal 40-50 days.   Well technology company i-TEC has developed a unique, new lower completion ball drop sleeve system which can radically reduce the time it takes to stimulate a well. The i-Frac system allows operators to bring wells in tight formations on line much more quickly than other methods, resulting in potentially huge cost savings and earlier production revenues. The system recently reduced stimulation of a North Sea well on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to only one and a half days, as compared to the normal of 40-50 days. It allows for more than 20 sleeves per stage to be installed in a cemented liner and opened sequentially with a single ball. A number of stages can be run in a single well.   The recent installation was in early paleocene and late cretaceous, carbonate formations in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The technology also has huge potential for global shale oil and gas plays, particularly in the United States, where in some tight shale fields it could allow an operator to fracture twice as many wells in a year compared to traditional methods. The recovery of oil and gas in limestone and tight shale formations is accomplished by drilling horizontal wells to increase the well-reservoir contact. Each well is divided into zones which are individually opened to carry out a controlled and efficient stimulation of the formation rock.  


SHI Secures Order For FPSO

SHI received an order for a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility worth US$140 million from Husky Oil Operations Ltd. of Canada on the 31st. As a competitive solution for the development of offshore oil and gas resources capable of the production, storage and offloading of crude oil and gas, an FPSO is a special facility suitable for the development of a medium size deep-sea oil and gas field due to its mobility


Oil Search and Halliburton Renew Contract

Oil Search Limited and Halliburton have signed an agreement to renew an alliance that was originally formed in 2004. The multimillion-dollar contract covers three years, with the option for two additional years. The agreement calls for Halliburton to provide a full range of subsurface services, including drilling and formation evaluation, slickline, fluids, cementing services and production enhancement in Papua New Guinea where Oil Search is the industry leader in oil and gas exploration and


Petrobras Hits in Deepwater GOM

Petrobras announced the discovery of oil and gas in ultra-deep waters in the Central Gulf of Mexico, in the U.S., via its Petrobras America Inc. subsidiary, based in Houston, Texas. The discovery was made via the Stones # 3 well, drilled to perform the exploratory assessment of the Stones discovery, which is operated by Shell and located in Block WR 508, in ultra-deep Walker Ridge Quadrant waters. Petrobras America Inc. holds a 25% stake there


Statfjord Celebrates 30 Years on Stream

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Thirty years after the Statfjord field started production, one of the largest oil fields in the North Sea has now become a gas field. “On 24 November 1979 we brought one of the North Sea’s largest oil fields on stream,” said Øystein Michelsen, executive vice president for Statoil’s Exploration & Production Norway business area. “Today we operate a field where 65% of the total output is gas. A whole new era in Statfjord’s history has begun


Maersk Taking $1.7b Charge on Brazil Assets

Full-year underlying profit guidance unchanged; writedown raises questions over company's oil strategy. Danish oil and shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk moved to shrink its Brazilian petroleum operations on Tuesday, selling its stake in its only producing Brazilian oilfield and saying it will write off $1.7 billion of investments in the country. The write-off affects two exploration areas, Itaipu and Wahoo, which failed to deliver on oil volume expectations, and the Polvo field


New Technology from Camcon

Camcon Technology unveiled a new technology application designed to increase the volume of oil that can be recovered from the world's reservoirs as well as reduce operating costs. Developed specifically for the oil and gas industry, the Camcon Intelligent Gas Lift configuration is part of Camcon binary actuator Technology (BAT). The application aims to enhance the recovery of oil from reservoirs by introducing gas injection management capabilities to improve extraction flow


Another discovery in the Gullfaks area

This is the fourth infrastructure-near discovery in the Gullfaks area in a 10 month period.

Statoil’s drilling of the Skinfaks South well in the North Sea has been completed and the estimated volume is between 1.9 and 6.9 million barrels of oil equivalents. This is the fourth infrastructure-near discovery in the Gullfaks area in a 10 month period.   Light oil has been confirmed in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Brent group) and a 80 metre high column in good-quality reservoir rocks. "We are currently evaluating how this discovery can be connected to the existing


RWE Dea Norge completes Titan Appraisal Well

RWE Dea Norge AS, operator of production licence (PL)420

  RWE Dea Norge AS, operator of production licence (PL)420, is completing drilling operations on appraisal well 35/9-11-S and sidetrack 35/9-11-A on the Titan discovery, 16 kilometres west of the Gjøa Field in the North Sea. (RWE Dea Norge is operator in production licence (PL)420.)  The purpose of the well was to delineate the Titan discovery towards the south and to reduce the uncertainties in reservoir thicknesses and reservoir properties


YPF Makes Gas Discovery In Western Argentina

  Argentina state oil producer YPF said on Sunday it had made a discovery of 'tight gas' in the western Argentine province of Mendoza. The find by the Paso de las Bardas Norte xp-37 exploration well has a potential 25 million barrels equivalent of recoverable resources, the company said in a statement. There was also "important potential" for oil, it added. Tight gas is a type of hydrocarbon found in reservoirs formed by rocks of low permeability.


Nicaragua Canal Disastrous: Scientists

 Nicaragua Grand Canal project by HKND

 An international consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua.    The leading researchers from 18 institutions in the United States and Central and South America -- have voiced


Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel

Mariner Sentinel illustration. (Illustration: Sentinel Marine)

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded a contract to Sentinel Marine Limited to provide a new multi role Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Sentinel Marine is an Aberdeen-based company


Petrobras Sets Well Depth Record

mages for Sergipe-Alagoas Basin Courtesy Petrobras

  Petrobras has broken a new domestic record for exploratory drilling by reaching a water depth of 2,990 meters. This was achieved in February while drilling a well in the Moita Bonita area of Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, 92 km from the city of Aracaju.


Gazprom Building up Resource Base

Geological exploration in Krasnoyarsk Territory

In 2014 Gazprom Group (excluding Gazprom Neft) performed exploratory drilling of above 125,000 m of rocks, constructed 32 prospecting and exploratory (7 and 25 accordingly) wells. Over six thousand linear kilometers of 2D seismic profiles were processed


Floating Production: Huge Opportunity for Shipyards, Manufacturers

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Floating production has been one of the most significant achievements in the upstream oil and gas industry over the past four decades. The ability to produce in deepwater has opened a new frontier in oil and gas development – and has generated a huge business base for suppliers of floating


Update on Timing of Wressle-1 Well Testing

  Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM quoted oil and gas exploration and development company with a combination of producing and exploration assets in Europe informed about Egdon Resources' timing of operations to test potential hydrocarbon bearing zones in three separate reservoir


Egdon to Drill Kelsey-1

North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241

Egdon Resources plc has received consent of the Planning and Regulation Committee during the Meeting of Lincolnshire County Council yesterday. The planning consent was granted for the drilling and any subsequent testing of the North Kelsey-1 exploration well in Lincolnshire licence PEDL241.


Zargon Cash Dividend for December 2014

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  Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. confirms that the monthly cash dividend for the month of December in the amount of Cdn. $0.06 per common share will be paid on January 15, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2014. Unless otherwise indicated


Rosneft Achieve Commercial Production in Irkutsk Region Blocks

Rosneft acquired commercial inflows of hydrocarbons on the licensed blocks of Irkutsk Region

  Commercial inflows of oil, gas and condensate have been acquired in four exploration wells on Rosneft’s licensed blocks, which were handed over to Verkhnechonskneftegaz for operational activities on geologic survey, exploration and production of hydrocarbon crude


Seaonics Secures Equipment Package Contract

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Vard Holdings Limited, through its specialized subsidiary Seaonics, has secured a large equipment contract for a vessel under construction at Fincantieri S.p.A.   Based in Ålesund, Norway, Seaonics designs and manufactures offshore handling equipment to improve all critical lift and


Maersk Drilling Mulls Leviathan Contracts

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Jonas Bjork, commercial manager Maersk Drilling Denmark, a subsidiary of Maersk Group, says that Israel is in his radar in the near future and hinted that his company targets Leviathan contracts, reports Globes.  Bjork added that the Israeli government may make things difficult


Petrobras Develops Technology to Cut GHG

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  Petrobras develops a new technology that reduces the emission of gases that cause greenhouse A new technology to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) is developing a demonstration scale in Shale Industrialization Unit (SIX) in Paraná


Algerian Dredger Revitalized

New main engine hoisting in place

  Damen delivered and installed a new main engine for the stationary dredger RezougYoucef. The cutter suction dredger has been built by De Groot Nijkerk in 1988. It has worked in an Algerian reservoir for quite a while and badly needed an engine overhaul


Statoil: Johan Castberg, Snorre 2040 Timelines Changed

The Snorre A platform in the North Sea. (Photos: Harald Pettersen)

The licensees in the Johan Castberg and Snorre 2040 licences have decided to spend more time on the projects. “Castberg and Snorre 2040 are two major and important projects in our portfolio, and it is important that we find sound and robust development solutions for them


OTC Names Technology Award Winners

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The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 4-7 in Houston, has announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New Technology SM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented May 4, in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.  






 
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