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January 2016

The January issue of Oilfield Technology debuts two exciting new editorial features: Oilfield Technology EXTREME, and our new Q&As. The issue’s Regional Report focuses on the oil industry of Sub-Saharan Africa. The issue also covers: Deepwater Drilling, Downhole Tools, Completions, Hydraulic Fracturing, Extending Operational Life, Flow Control, and Mooring Systems.

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World news

From fragile to agile
Chris Bredenhann, PwC, South Africa, takes a look at what 2016 holds for the oil and gas industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.

High-capacity drillpipe equipment
Robbie Thibodeaux, Jeremy Angelle, and Logan Smith, Frank’s International, USA, introduce a safe solution for landing increasingly heavy strings.

Health, safety and the offshore environment
Donald Young, Hoover Container Solutions, USA, highlights ways in which innovations in offshore equipment design and environmental initiatives are helping to improve the safety of personnel and the health of the environment.

Drill Bit Q&A
Oilfield Technology invited three drill bit companies to share their insights on a variety of relevant industry topics. Their feedback covered areas such as Boosting ROP, Abrasion Resistance, Hybrid Designs, and more. Contributions come from Tercel Oilfield Products, Shear Bits, and Varel International.

Driving downhole surveys
Michael Gaines, NOV, USA, demonstrates how the use of advanced bottomhole assembly tools benefits the drilling community.

Furthering fracturing
Brian Goldstein, Fairmount Santrol, USA, explains how new technology can evenly distribute proppant throughout the length of a fracture.

In for the long haul
Oilfield Technology correspondent, Gordon Cope, investigates how the industrial internet is enabling new ways of extending the operational life of oil and gas equipment.

Cut tail and run
Amanda Dorman, Delmar Systems, looks at reducing risk in offshore mooring operations with a new quick release system.

Proven benefits of dynamic cementing
Conrad Ojong Ojong, Tesco Corporation, USA, compares the dynamic cementing technique to conventional well cementing methods.

Oilfield Technology EXTREME
Extreme is a new feature aimed at showcasing technologies designed to handle the most extreme conditions faced by the global oil and gas industry. Contributions include:

  • Vallourec - Steeling for the extreme
  • Oliver Valvetek - Tackling HPHT challenges
  • Halliburton - Hostile testing environments
  • GMC Inc. - Rejuvenating riser technology

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