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December 2012

The December issue of Oilfield Technology looks at how the Russian oil and gas industry is staying on top of the game, and takes a more technical look at drill bits, risers and reservoir simulation.

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Staying on top of the game
Denis Medvedev, GL Noble Denton, Russia, and Hans Berg, GL Noble Denton, Germany, examine the developments taking place in the Russian oil and gas industry as it responds to changing global dynamics.

Risky business?
Louise Taggart, AKE, UK, explains the risks facing foreign companies in the Russian oil and gas sector.

Upping the dose of vitamin R&D
Christiane Machado, ABS, Brazil, shows how as operating companies are relocating FPSOs to new areas of operation or using them to develop fields in new configurations, research and development efforts are stepping up to keep pace.

High-performance visualisation
Samuel Recine, Matrox Graphics Inc., Canada, reveals some of the benefits that visualisation technologies can bring to the process of reservoir simulation using high-performance computing.

High technology for shallow water
Marco Cercato, Drillmec, Italy, covers the advances in automatic hydraulic rig technology and its growing presence in the oil and gas industry.

Drilling waste management
Salamat Gumarov, Talgat Shokanov, Steve Simmons, Gary Woolsey and Rosario Mangiameli, M-I SWACO*, Raymond Gogan and Michael Oates, BG Group and Mattia Vincenzo, Eni, discuss a study on the technical feasibility of drilling waste subsurface injection in the Karachaganak field, Kazakhstan.

The competitive edge
Sebastian Desmette, Tercel, Belgium, takes a look at some ways that oil and gas companies can take pole position in the race to secure hydrocarbons.

Gap in the market
Cary Maurstad, Varel, USA, highlights some advances in drill bit design that are helping fulfil the specialist requirements of oil and gas companies.

The pressure is rising
Ben Cannell, Aquaterra Energy, UK, explores the advances in jack up-deployed high pressure risers, which have evolved into a reliable and cost-effective alternative to semisubmersible mobile drilling units.

Rising to the challenge
Geoff Lyons, BPP-TECH, UK, looks at developments in tools and techniques for the monitoring and management of risers.

Improving estimation
Richard Heddle, John Foot and Hugh Rees, BP, UK, explain how innovations in virtual flow metering (VFM) are boosting production rates through accurate flow rate estimation.

Paul Petten, KUDU Pumps, Canada, outlines the key ‘dos and don’ts’ when it comes to using progressive cavity pumps in sand laden heavy oil applications.

The importance of pumping
Paul Davis, Wanner International, UK, takes a look at the advances made in the field of seal-less pump technology.

Considering consumables
Teresa Melfi, Lincoln Electric, USA, investigates some key considerations for consumable specification in deepwater welding applications.

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