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February 2013

The lead feature in the February issue of Oilfield Technology focuses upon drilling innovations. The issue’s regional report takes a look at the booming hydrocarbon region that is Australia. This issue also features articles on seismic advances, completion technology, coiled tubing, shale gas, directional drilling and oilfield chemicals.

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| 03 | Editorial Comment

| 05 | World news

| 10 | Go west... Jeff Haworth, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Western Australia, examines the changing face of the oil and gas industry in this booming hydrocarbon region.

| 16 | Reaching the peak Bruce Robinson, ASPO-Australia, asks whether a downturn in oil production is just around the corner.

| 24 | Taking centre stage Focusing on short term economics and production gains from increased stage counts, Jason Baihly, Raphael Altman and Isaac Aviles, Schlumberger, USA, explain the performance of selected groups of Bakken wells in the Williston Basin.

| 30 | Good vibrations Roger L. Schultz, ThruTubing Solutions/TTS Drilling Solutions, USA, provides an overview of various vibratory downhole tools that are used for horizontal and extended reach completions.

| 35 | Children of the revolution Scott Lapierre, Pioneer Natural Resources, USA, provides some historical perspective on the US unconventional revolution.

| 39 | Induced seismicity: measure and mitigate Indy Chakrabarti, MicroSeismic, Inc., USA, explains why industry and regulatory attention is moving towards improved monitoring of induced seismicity associated with unconventional resource development.

| 42 | Getting it right the first time Kevin Fisher, Flotek Industries, USA, explains how in the field of hydraulic fracturing, there are no second chances when it comes to getting fracs right.

| 48 | Speciality chemical Q&A Session Oilfield Technology Editor, Anna Scordos, recently asked Nozi Hamidi, BWA Water Additives, USA, a few questions about the state of the speciality oilfield chemical industry.

| 53 | Getting a sense of scale Kimberley MacEwan Ph.D, MWV Specialty Chemicals, USA, unveils some of the latest polymeric scale inhibitor advances.

| 56 | Horizontal learning curve Jessica Bassett and Crystal Wreden, CSI Technologies, USA, discuss the zonal isolation techniques and lessons learned in the Marcellus Shale.

| 61 | The lesser of two evils Don McClatchie, Sanjel, Canada, compares and contrasts the use of fishing and milling operations in multistage completions.

| 65 | The evolution revolution Marshal Bauer Harris, Abrado, USA, unveils the guiding forces behind the development process of new wellbore technologies.

| 69 | Real time well integrity Dr Liane Smith, Intetech, UK, examines how well integrity management systems can turn large volumes of operating data into actionable business intelligence to give users a 360° view of corporate risk.

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