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Drilling Production 2004 P8

  • 06/08/2004 -- Mars TLP remains offline for additional repairs
    Shell Exploration & Production Co., New Orleans, reported that its Mars tension leg platform in Mississippi Canyon Block 807 in the Gulf of Mexico will be shut in for repairs for "several more weeks" to facilitate repairs to a natural gas pipeline. During inspection of the gas line as part of the process to ensure that the facility was ready for start-up, Shell found deterioration on the gas export pipeline's flexjoint.
  • 06/09/2004 -- Analyst says GOM rig market could tighten in near future
    The supply of jack up rigs in the Gulf of Mexico stands at a 10-year low of 111 rigs, and that also compares with 150 rigs for the same time 2 years ago, said J. Marshall Adkins, a Houston analyst with the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Raymond James & Associates Inc.
  • 06/10/2004 -- Pemex awards Paragon engineering contract for two drilling platforms
    Pemex Exploration & Production has awarded Paragon Engineering Services Inc., Houston, an 18 week contract to provide basic and detailed engineering for the 8,000 ton Ayin-A and Ayin-B drilling platforms for drilling in 600 ft of water off Mexico.
  • 06/11/2004 -- Drilling activity rebounded this week
    North American drilling activity rebounded with 1,187 rotary rigs operating in the US this week, 19 more than the previous week and up from 1,071 in the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday.
  • 06/11/2004 -- Mineralogy-based acid design restores sandstone productivity
    The selection process of candidate wells for acidizing treatments in sandstones must identify relevant damage mechanisms and mineralogy-driven remediation options.
  • 06/15/2004 -- BG Group resumes export of Karachaganak oil
    BG Group has loaded the first shipment of Karachaganak oil for export at the Novorossiysk sea terminal on the Black Sea following its resumption of production May 11 from Karachaganak Phase II facilities. BG's total 2004 production from Karachaganak field is projected at 35 million boe of oil.
  • 06/18/2004 -- Vp/Vs crossplots identify reservoir fluids
    Field examples from the Western Desert of Egypt show the effectiveness of compressional-wave velocity and shear-wave velocity crossplots for identifying the fluid in a formation.
  • 06/18/2004 -- US DOE to fund microhole drilling R&D program
    The US Department of Energy Tuesday announced a $5.2 million research and development program to help commercialize "microhole" technology using portable drilling rigs.
  • 06/18/2004 -- US drilling continues to fluctuate, down 16 rigs this week
    US drilling activity continued to fluctuate, dropping by 16 rotary rigs to 1,171 working this week, up from 1,067 during the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. officials said Friday.
  • 06/18/2004 -- United Heritage unit receives approval from Texas to inject nitrogen in Val Verde basin
    United Heritage Corp. subsidiary, UHC Petroleum Corp., Cleburne, Tex., received a Texas state permit to inject nitrogen into Val Verde basin leases to recover more of an estimated 168 million bbl of oil in place.
  • 06/21/2004 -- US gas prices on summer teeter-totter
    The cooling season is upon us with a vengeance. A recent heat wave across the US, in tandem with outages at several nuclear power plants, has helped nudge natural gas spot and futures prices back up. Is that a portent for tighter gas markets the rest of the year? Or does it mask an inherent bearishness in the market? Well, yes, to both questions.
  • 06/23/2004 -- Striking Norwegian oil workers affect Norne field production
    Production from Statoil SA's Norne field in the Norwegian Sea will be affected by an escalation of a strike by two of Norway's oil worker unions, Statoil said Wednesday.
  • 06/25/2004 -- Accurate fluid characterization, process optimization boosts crude production
    A simple procedure accurately characterizes reservoir fluids for designing oil and gas production facilities without significant compromise.
  • 06/25/2004 -- North American drilling rebounds with big Canadian gain
    US drilling activity rebounded slight this week, up by 5 rotary rigs with 1,176 working, compared with 1,074 during the same period last year, Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday.
  • 06/25/2004 -- Extractive futures
    The World Bank Group's (WBG) extractive industries section June 18 said it plans to dramatically change its lending practices for developing nations looking to expand oil, natural gas, and mineral production.
  • 06/29/2004 -- Shell resumes oil, gas production from Mars TLP in Gulf of Mexico
    Shell Exploration & Production Co. resumed production Monday from its Mars tension leg platform on Mississippi Canyon Block 807 in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 07/01/2004 -- Statoil awards major drilling contracts to Odfjell, Smedvig
    Statoil ASA has awarded Bergen, Norway's Odfjell Drilling ASA and Stavanger-based Smedvig Offshore ASA contracts totaling 3.3 billion kroner to accomplish production drilling from 10 Statoil-operated platforms. The contracts are for 4 years with renewal options.
  • 07/02/2004 -- UPSTREAM PETROLEUM HSE. Driller spearheads effort to baseline greenhouse gases
    Drilling contractors can play an important role in eliminating redundant measurement and reporting carbon emissions from drilling operations.
  • 07/02/2004 -- Baker Hughes: US rig count tops 1,200
    US drilling activity pushed past the 1,200 rig mark for the first time since early September 2001, with 1,201 rotary rigs working this week, up by 25 from the previous week and up from 1,077 during this same period in 2003, Baker Hughes Inc. executives said Friday.
  • 07/07/2004 -- Algeria's In Salah gas fields now producing
    Production has started up at In Salah gas fields in central Algeria, reported Mohamed Meziane, managing director of Algeria's state oil and gas company Sonatrach. The fields, which are expected to produce about 10 billion cu m/year of gas, will be linked by pipeline to Hassi R'Mel and the gas marketed to southern Europe.

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