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May/June 2021

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Unconventional Resources
Permian sees the start of a cautious recovery
Rig count and wells drilled are both expected to rise this year, but return to pre-downturn activity won’t happen at current operator spending levels

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Shale operators prioritize spending discipline and ESG, but emphasize need for supportive public policies
By Stephen Forrester, Contributor
Industry investment and regulatory support needed to tap full potential of Vaca Muerta, Brazilian pre-salt gas
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Increased hydrocarbon production, sustainability programs
go hand in hand to create a resilient upstream

By Stephen Forrester, Contributor
Offshore
Exploration boom in Guyana-Suriname: high dollar, high stakes
Giant-sized discoveries and low breakevens continue to fan enthusiasm for this South American basin despite recent disappointments

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Campos Basin sees diversification of operators, renewed commitment for investments to boost production
By Stephen Forrester, Contributor
NOCs from Africa, South America seek to boost competitiveness by investing in gas, renewables
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Expandable liner system mitigates geological challenges, predictably maintains hole size in Ekofisk wells
Completions
Drill pipe logging sub uses real-time downhole data to improve liner, lower completion installations
By Kim Mathisen, Tore Sorheim, Vijay Kumar Keerthivasan and Dustin Young, NOV Completion; Stephen Pink, NOV Wellbore Technologies
Wellsite Communications
Formalizing communications could lead to better decisions at wellsite
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Health, Safety, Environment & Training
Evolution of BP’s self-verification encompasses digital app, targeting of barriers at component level
By Linda Hsieh, Editor and Publisher
IADC Connection
From the Chairman: Industry should be lauded for keeping crews working and focused amid COVID challenges
By R.H. “Bob” Geddes, 2021 IADC Chairman
News Cuttings

Wirelines

Departments
Drilling Ahead: SEC calls for comments on climate change disclosures
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

News Briefs: Environmental, Social and Governance

People, Companies and Products

Products

Perspectives: Seadrill’s Derek Hibbard – Spending time on rigs to connect with people who do the work is crucial for safety, performance
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher