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February 2017

The February issue of Oilfield Technology kicks off with a review of the upstream oil and gas industry in Asia. The rest of the issue covers topics such as, Advances in Drilling, Drilling Automation, Rig Design, Drilling Fluids, Offshore Challenges, Coiled Tubing, Flow Assurance, Health & Safety, and Extreme technologies.

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World news

Looking ahead in Asia
Michelle Gomez, Douglas-Westwood, provides an overview of the upstream industry’s prospects in Asia.

Squeezing value from well data
Mario Chiaramonte, Alberto Martocchia, Andres Matheson and Alan Morrison, Geolog International, describe how surface logging can provide cost savings and drilling efficiency through the use of innovative interpretation models and modern technology.

Fighting against friction
Aref Alali, Rubicon, USA, investigates downhole friction reduction technology and explains how a new axial-vibration tool can help operators in extended reach wells.

Addressing drilling challenges
Roar Malt, Eric Claudey and Behzad Elehifar, Enhanced Drilling, Norway, explain how the latest generation of dual gradient and managed pressure drilling technologies are increasing safety and certainty while enabling operators to ‘drill the undrillable’.

Advancements in automation
Jan Einar Gravdal, IRIS, Norway, introduces a research infrastructure for drilling automation.

This feature showcases technologies designed to handle the harshest conditions faced by the global oil and gas industry. Contributions come from:

  • GustoMSC –Staying stable in harsh environments – Rutger Baan, demonstrates how jack-ups and semisubmersible rigs have been adapted to withstand the harshest of environmental conditions.
  • Oliver Valvetek – Futureproofing subsea valves – Paul Shillito explains how the evolution of design, production and testing processes is allowing valves to keep pace with industry demands.


Automated operations
Angelo Calderoni, Drillmec, explains how automated operations are improving drilling standards and efficiency.

Remediating wellbore damage
Enrique Proaño, Cudd Energy Services, and Dr. Neeraj Khanna, Robert Picek, and Ben Whyatt, Bio-Cide International, describe a new approach to remediating wellbore damage in fractured wells.

Getting a breakdown on biocides
Cameron Campbell, Mike Hurd, and Angela Cooper, Kemira, investigate preservative biocide usage across the full spectrum of oilfield operations.

Delving deeper into DCTD
Andrew O’Brien, AnTech, UK, explains why DCTD applications are so relevant to today’s oil and gas industry.

Overcoming decommissioning difficulties
John Fraser, Coretrax, UK, explains how innovative technology is the key to lowering well abandonment costs.

Safety pays
Oilfield Technology correspondent, Gordon Cope, explains that while placing a value on safety in the oil and gas industry is a complicated business, new software is making it easier.

Making HSE manageable
Simon Rooks, Tyco, discusses the importance of asset management when it comes to health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

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