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November/December 2008

Global Drilling Outlook
Oil’s ‘wild ride’ over for now; natural gas heads into soft
by Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor
Tight credit market could have ripple effect, but most offshore E&P regions look strong for 2009 by Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor
Black Sea, Caspian, Mediterranean bustling with exploration but still has much to prove by Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor
Oil/gas industry needs more organized anti-corruption effort, expert says by Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor
Ensign: Bureaucratic obstacles complicate moving of highly automated rigs into Australia by John Bushnell, Ensign International Energy Services
Industry Image
Oil/gas industry knows it has a crisis of image. At last, we’re really doing something about it
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Completions
Next-generation perforating system enhances testing, treatment of fracture stimulated wells by Matt Bell, GEODynamics, and David Cuthill, Weatherford Canada Partnership
New fracture model takes into consideration load history, temperature, Poisson’s effect
by Bernt S. Aadnoy, University of Stavanger, and Mesfin Belayneh, International Research Institute of Stavanger
Asset Integrity
NOPSA: Operators must rigorously apply existing asset integrity management techniques by Facility Integrity Team, National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA)
Drilling Technology
New generation of solid expandable liners help give operators a jump on trouble zones by Pat York, Weatherford
well Control
Many factors are involved to properly size mud gas separator, or gas buster, systems by Dan Eby, Cudd Well Control
To avoid well control events, 21st-century drilling teams must recognize, repair system instability by John J van-Vegchel, University of New South Wales
Middle East
Increased energy demand in Abu Dhabi has companies local and foreign boosting activities by Mike Killalea, editor & publisher, and Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Swellable packers provide breakthrough in Saudi Arabian horizontal slim-hole well by Adib A. Al-Mumen, Mohammed I. Al-Umran and Pradeep Agrawal, Saudi Aramco; Thomas Jorgensen and Peter E. Smith, Halliburton
Managed Pressure Drilling
Simplifying MPD: Historical, manual methods to control annular pressure can be effective by George H. Medley, Dennis Moore, and Sagar Nauduri, Signa Engineering
IADC connection
2009 chairman profile: Maersk Drilling’s Claus Hemmingsen
Chairman’s editorial
Wirelines
News Cuttings
departments
Drilling Ahead
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
Trainers Corner
People, Companies & Products
Perspectives: Otto Santos, Petrobras University

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