Rapid, worldwide growth in natural gas as a fuel of choice has challenged the world's pipeline industry to maintain safety and reliability and reduce costs by devising innovative techniques in planning, financing, marketing, and technical developments.
The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) is a geographic information system (GIS) created by the US Department of Transportation, Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) in cooperation with other federal and state governmental agencies and the pipeline industry.
Conoco Inc. was awarded the first in a series of pending US patents for a technique the company expects to dramatically improve exploration results in challenging areas like the Gulf of Mexico subsalt province.
As oil and gas fields mature, operators must drill wells with large offsets, long laterals, and extended reach applications using rotary steerable systems, mud motors, and bottomhole assemblies that require higher mud pump pressures and flow rates.
Since the oil boom busted in 1982, the world's oil and gas industries have had to learn how to find, drill, produce, and move hydrocarbons in the face of nearly constant opposition from economics and environmentalism.
A friendly feature of the annual North Sea exploration and production exhibitions, held in alternate years in Aberdeen and Stavanger, has been the presence over the past 10 years of the stand from the Faroe Islands.