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March 2022

Oilfield Technology’s first issue of 2022 begins with analysis from Wood Mackenzie on the disconnect between surging oil prices and US oil production growth and investment. The rest of the issue is dedicated to features covering sand removal technology, dissolvable frac plug technology, digitalisation of offshore operations, annular intervention, oilfield chemicals, subsea compression systems and smart instrument measurement.

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The great disconnect
Mfon Usoro, Jean Charles Combe, Pablo Prudencio and Mark Oberstoetter, Wood Mackenzie, USA, consider why US oil production growth and investment is disconnected from surging oil prices.

The sands of brine
Brandon S. Mitchell, TETRA Technologies, USA, says the decisive advance in sand removal technologies in recent years is cause for celebration.

Pulling the plug on fracturing challenges
Jenny Darnell and Mohammed Munawar, NOV, USA, detail a new dissolvable frac plug designed to solve modern downhole challenges.

Addressing offshore challenges through digitalisation of operations
Andreas Fliss, Elisabeth Norheim and Fernando Zapata-Bermudez, Archer, Norway, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and CO2 emissions have created offshore challenges that are being overcome by technology.

Making strides against well integrity challenges
Ørjan Frøyland, Expro, considers how annular intervention can offer a solution to well integrity challenges.

Over the hurdle
Jonathan Rogers, Martin Shumway and Dr Amir Mahmoudkhani, Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, USA, review the progress that naturally sourced biosurfactants have made in maximising oil recovery in shale wells – for greater profits and a smaller carbon footprint.

Inverting the status quo
Matthew Offenbacher and Richard Toomes, AES Drilling Fluids, USA, explain why industry scepticism meant a different approach was required when developing an invert emulsion lubricant.

New heights below sea level
Alexandre de Rougemont, MAN Energy Solutions, Switzerland, shows how new subsea compression systems are facilitating more sustainable and efficient production from deepwater gas fields.

Smart and speedy
Peter Chronis, Winters Instruments, Canada, examines the network options available to operators requiring smart instrument measurement for better pressure and temperature monitoring.

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