International news for oil and gas professionals
Over the past 20 years, the oil and gas industry—both onshore and offshore—has improved tenfold in occupational safety performance.
The US oil and gas industry has extra reason to regret the politically motivated shutdown of the federal government. It soon might face a financial avalanche.
With the US and Iran, warmth does not mean thaw.
The federal government's partial shutdown didn't keep the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from discussing the pending US-Mexico transboundary hydrocarbons agreement on Oct. 1. But the hearing barely mentioned the main obstacle to its being ratified.
Election of the first specialist in near-surface geophysics to lead the Society of Exploration Geophysicists raises a communications problem: The definition of "near surface," says new SEG Pres. Don Steeples, depends on application.
Magnetic susceptibility (MS) measurements of oil exploration drill cuttings from above oil reservoirs show an increase in magnetic minerals at semishallow depths worldwide.
Federal agencies regulating oil and gas activities generally planned to continue their enforcement activities as the US government partially shut down after Congress failed to fund operations past the end of fiscal 2013.
The US Bureau of Land Management needs to improve data it uses to process oil and gas permit applications and to establish inspection priorities, the Government Accountability Office said in a Sept. 23 report.
BP PLC's Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley has denied that his company deliberately delayed capping of the Macondo well—which suffered a blowout in April 2010, resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—saying that such suggestions defy logic and common sense.
North America will become energy independent by 2020 and will become a net energy exporter, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. researchers said, adding that they expect the US and Canada will remain key participants in world markets.
Switzerland, Denmark, and Sweden top a three-dimensional ranking of energy sustainability in a new World Energy Council assessment.
Trilogy Energy Corp., Calgary, has recently finished completing the Trilogy horizontal Kaybob 9-10-64-19w5 stepout well on the western side of the Kaybob Montney oil pool and also plans to participate for its 30% working interest in two four-well pads targeting Duvernay production.
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. will acquire Petrominerales Corp. in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion (Can.) and will capitalize it in Calgary as ExploreCo with $100 million (Can.) in cash and all Petrominerales assets in Brazil.
Spectra Energy has more than 3.3 bcfd of US natural gas pipeline expansions under way, with another 4 bcfd of capacity in development.
Several options remain open for export of natural gas from large deepwater discoveries offshore Israel and Cyprus as operators await important clarifications of policy.
Ohio—once the largest oil producer in the US at the turn of the 20th century—may soon advance its rank closer to this status through 2015.
The conventional approach of performing sequence stratigraphy on 3D seismic data is comprised of a limited set of seismic horizons. This practice can be changed with the help of a semiautomated solution that maps all stratigraphically consistent seismic reflectors in 3D.
This article presents preliminary results of stimulation principles and offshore oilfield testing of cyclic steam and gas stimulation.
Segregating fuel-gas blending streams and extracting hydrogen, NGLs, ethylene, and propylene provide a moderate capital cost route for a refinery to improve profitability.
Earlier research found that residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) product yields correlated with the content of saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes (SARA) fractions in RFCC feedstock.
The accompanying table shows how Nelson-Farrar indexes have changed over 2010-12, for selected basically nonmetallic building materials.
Purging of precommissioning dry air from the Nord Stream offshore natural gas pipeline demonstrated the reliability of a simple nitrogen-slug shortening calculation model in estimating seal volume requirements and the validity of inert slug purging in large-diameter, long transmission pipelines.
Increases in backfill soil's thermal conductivity can cause sharply higher heating station fuel costs on heavy oil crude pipelines because the higher conductivity requires a higher initial temperature to keep the crude's terminal temperature stable.