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Drilling Production 2003 P12

  • 10/10/2003 -- Custom graphs help analyze oil, gas operations
    The generation of custom graphs with Microsoft Excel enables an engineer or analyst to plot untransformed data for gaining an understanding of problems related to oil and gas operations.
  • 10/10/2003 -- US rig count hits 2-year high
    After bouncing back and forth at 1,091-1,095 units for the past 5 weeks, the US rig count jumped to 1,109 this week, the highest level since the same period in 2001 when there were 1,141 rotary rigs working, officials at Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday.
  • 10/14/2003 -- Canadian Oil Sands production forecast revised due to coker's unscheduled maintenance
    Calgary-based Canadian Oil Sands Trust, managed by Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., has revised downward its predicted 2003 syncrude production range to 78-90 million bbl from 81-83 million bbl due to unscheduled maintenance work requiring a complete turnaround at the Syncrude Joint Venture's oil sands facility at Fort McMurray, Alta. Syncrude Canada Ltd. operates the facility.
  • 10/17/2003 -- Taxes to access
    There's a lot US oil and natural gas producers like about the pending comprehensive energy bill before the US Congress. Both the House and Senate bills include what the Independent Petroleum Association of America calls "producer provisions" that range from taxes to access.
  • 10/20/2003 -- France's E&D spending seen to triple from low point
    Exploration and development investment should improve markedly this year in France after sliding to a low point in 2002.
  • 10/21/2003 -- Statoil brings Vigdis into production
    Statoil SA reported Tuesday it has begun production 2 months early from Vigdis field which it tied back to its existing Snorre A platform facilities in the North Sea. The extension eventually will recover about 50 million bbl of oil from Vigdis field.
  • 10/22/2003 -- Pemex receives technical bids from Brazil, Mexico, Japan consortium for Cuervito block in Burgos basin
    Mexico's national oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) reported that a Brazilian-Mexican-Japanese consortium submitted a technical proposal Wednesday in response to its tender for development of the Cuervito block in the Burgos basin of northeastern Mexico.
  • 10/23/2003 -- Sawan field dedicated in Pakistan
    Governor Ishratul Ebad of Pakistan's Sindh Province formerly inaugurated Sawan gas field and plant in the Khairpur district of Sindh Province Wednesday.
  • 10/23/2003 -- WELLBORE POSITIONING-1: Determining positional inaccuracies in directionally drilled wells
    Calculated wellbore position may be erroneous in more than half the horizonal wells drilled during the past 15 years, according to the results of an ongoing industry study of continuous vs. staionary survey measurements.
  • 10/28/2003 -- EIA: US proved oil and gas reserves increase for 4th consecutive year
    US proved reserves of natural gas and crude oil have increased for the fourth consecutive year, the US Energy Information Administration reported.
  • 11/03/2003 -- Moody's: Kyoto ratification to have limited effect on Alberta oil sands
    Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change is expected to have minimal effect on the development of Alberta's oil sands resources, the New York-based Moody's Investors Service said.
  • 11/03/2003 -- Ziff: GOM shelf operating costs increasing sharply with production declines
    Operating costs are increasing for producing fields on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf while shallow-water shelf production continues to decline, said Ziff Energy Group.
  • 11/04/2003 -- POINT OF VIEW: Vintage CEO George seeking geographic balance
    Vintage Petroleum Inc.CEO, Pres. S. Craig George "Most US independents seemingly do not have the same level of interest in projects abroad that they did 5 years ago. At this point in time, it seems the investment community has a narrow focus on North American gas."
  • 11/05/2003 -- Sonatrach, BHP Billiton begin first Ohanet gas production in Algeria
    First gas for export began flowing Oct. 27 from the Sonatrach and BHP Billiton Ltd.-operated wet gas development at Ohanet, Algeria. At peak production the $1 billion facility will treat about 710 MMscfd of gas and produce a maximum of 30,000 b/d of condensate and 26,000 b/d of liquefied petroleum gas (20,000 boe) for export, together with a stream of dry pipeline sales quality gas for Sonatrach.
  • 11/07/2003 -- Special Report: Hubs, new technologies provide access to more deepwater reserves
    Hub installations along with advancements in well completions, pipelines, flowlines, and producing facilities are helping economically to develop smaller deepwater accumulations, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 11/07/2003 -- Drilling Market Focus
    Deepwater drilling remains steady worldwide

    According to the international offshore rig counts provided by Baker Hughes Inc. for September 2003, offshore rig activity was up 13 rigs internationally since August and was particularly strong in Latin America and Asia Pacific, while offshore Europe activity was flat.
  • 11/07/2003 -- Special Report: New tools, services expand deepwater well testing options
    New tools and services allow companies to shorten the time required to sample and evaluate reservoir fluid encounter in deepwater exploration and appraisal wells.
  • 11/07/2003 -- US rig count rebounds to near 2-year high
    US drilling activity rebounded by 7 rotary rigs to 1,114 this week, approaching the 2-year high of 1,115 for the week ended Oct. 17, said officials Friday at Baker Hughes Inc.
  • 11/11/2003 -- Esso, BHP Billiton to commence new Bass Strait drilling program
    In what is expected to be the largest combined E&P drilling program in the Gippsland basin in the Bass Strait off Victoria since the 1980s, Esso Australia Resources Pty. Ltd. and its 50:50 joint venture partner BHP Billiton Ltd. are preparing to locate and extract oil and natural gas from smaller fields that show potential and that are near existing infrastructure in the mature basin (see map OGJ, Nov. 13, 2000, p. 36).
  • 11/12/2003 -- Total reports start-up of Matterhorn field in Gulf of Mexico
    Total E&P USA Inc., an affiliate of French company Total SA, reported the start-up of Matterhorn oil field on Mississippi Canyon Block 243 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
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