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December 2017

The December issue starts off by reviewing the state of the global offshore sector, before covering various technical topics. These include: Well Control, Drilling Automation, Drilling Fluids, Cementing, Artificial Lift, Riser Design and Oilfield Tubulars. The issue also contains an Extreme feature, which focuses on technologies designed to handle the harshest conditions faced by the industry.


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World news

Hunting offshore opportunities
Thomas Shattuck and Andrew Slaughter, Deloitte, consider how offshore operators around the world need to adapt to the lower-for-longer environment.

Advancing abandonment operations
Michael Rossing and Claire Kennedy Platt, NOV, reveal how advances in cementing technology are simplifying plug and abandonment operations.

Breathing space
Rodney Uchytil and David Kulakofsky, Impact Fluid Solutions, USA, review an environmentally friendly, high-temperature cement spacer designed to prevent losses while cementing.

Keeping well control cool
Bhavesh Ranka and John Fu, Cudd Well Control, USA, explain how a temporary ice plug can be used as a well control barrier, allowing operators to gain access to the well.

Extreme
This feature showcases technologies designed to handle the harshest conditions faced by the global oil and gas industry. Contributions come from:

  • C-FER Technologies – Supporting SAGD – Paul Skoczylas discusses new technologies designed to improve the efficiency of SAGD operations.
  • Ampelmann – Cold climate commuting – Arnoud van Leer reviews the development of a new offshore gangway system designed for extreme environments.

The importance of insulation
Kirill Marchenko, Eugeny Zaselsky, & Nadezhda Tihontseva, TMK, Russia, review the utilisation of vacuum insulated tubing (VIT) in the gas fields of Western Siberia.

Riser technology for today & tomorrow
Collin Gaskill and Patrick Waal, Trelleborg Offshore, examine new advances in riser technology that are allowing operators to exploit ever harsher reservoir environments.

The future of drilling is digital
Donogh Lang, Wood, Ireland, shows how new technology is making drilling operations possible in the world’s most challenging environments.

Digital thinking
Tom Shannon, Rockwell Automation, UK, discusses the challenges surrounding the implementation of drilling automation systems.


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