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The Unique Challenges of Coal Bed Methane Production The Unique Challenges of Coal Bed Methane Production The Unique Challenges of Coal Bed Methane Production The Unique Challenges of Coal Bed Methane Production
The Significance of Porosity to Original Hydrocarbon in Place The Significance of Porosity to Original Hydrocarbon in Place The Significance of Porosity to Original Hydrocarbon in Place The Significance of Porosity to Original Hydrocarbon in Place
The different ways of perforating a well The different ways of perforating a well The different ways of perforating a well The different ways of perforating a well
Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability
Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs
Steps to a Successful Field Appraisal Steps to a Successful Field Appraisal Steps to a Successful Field Appraisal Steps to a Successful Field Appraisal
The Truth about the Drilling Break The Truth about the Drilling Break The Truth about the Drilling Break The Truth about the Drilling Break
The lowdown on Oil and Gas Lease Contracts The lowdown on Oil and Gas Lease Contracts The lowdown on Oil and Gas Lease Contracts The lowdown on Oil and Gas Lease Contracts
How Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Are Formed: The Rock Cycle How Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Are Formed: The Rock Cycle How Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Are Formed: The Rock Cycle How Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Are Formed: The Rock Cycle
Artificial lift: When is it needed? Artificial lift: When is it needed? Artificial lift: When is it needed? Artificial lift: When is it needed?
Seismic mapping: Technology that has changed the oil production mapping Seismic mapping: Technology that has changed the oil production mapping Seismic mapping: Technology that has changed the oil production mapping Seismic mapping: Technology that has changed the oil production mapping
Dry Hole Explained Dry Hole Explained Dry Hole Explained Dry Hole Explained
The Numerous Functions of the Drilling Fluid The Numerous Functions of the Drilling Fluid The Numerous Functions of the Drilling Fluid The Numerous Functions of the Drilling Fluid
Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms
Coiled Tubing: The Ultimate Solution Coiled Tubing: The Ultimate Solution Coiled Tubing: The Ultimate Solution Coiled Tubing: The Ultimate Solution


Coiled tubing, a continuous length of small diameter steel pipe with a diameter of about 0.75 to 4.5 inches, is coiled or spun in a reel...

Unlocking Unconventional Energy Potential Through Hydraulic Fracturing Unlocking Unconventional Energy Potential Through Hydraulic Fracturing Unlocking Unconventional Energy Potential Through Hydraulic Fracturing Unlocking Unconventional Energy Potential Through Hydraulic Fracturing


Fracking is projected as a menace despite proving its worth as an excellent drilling technique to increase shale production. In this...

Biogenic and Thermogenic Gases - How Significant They Are In The Energy Space Biogenic and Thermogenic Gases - How Significant They Are In The Energy Space Biogenic and Thermogenic Gases - How Significant They Are In The Energy Space Biogenic and Thermogenic Gases - How Significant They Are In The Energy Space


Thermogenic gases are part of the conventional gases and have major role in meeting the energy needs of the world.

Well Spacing - Challenges and Opportunities Well Spacing - Challenges and Opportunities Well Spacing - Challenges and Opportunities Well Spacing - Challenges and Opportunities


Government regulations are stringent on well spacing, as the key objective of well spacing is to achieve maximum individual well...

Sweet Vs Sour Crude - Production and Processing Sweet Vs Sour Crude - Production and Processing Sweet Vs Sour Crude - Production and Processing Sweet Vs Sour Crude - Production and Processing


Crude characteristics play an important role in refining operations. They decide the type of refinery configurations required for...

Oil Sands An emerging Black Gold Oil Sands An emerging Black Gold Oil Sands An emerging Black Gold Oil Sands An emerging Black Gold


Oil sands, a bituminous mixture are a potential source of hydrocarbon base products such as heavy crude oil, heavy bituminous base oil, etc...

The Challenges Of Shipping and Distributing Liquefied Natural Gas The Challenges Of Shipping and Distributing Liquefied Natural Gas The Challenges Of Shipping and Distributing Liquefied Natural Gas The Challenges Of Shipping and Distributing Liquefied Natural Gas


LNG is a liquid form of natural gas. It is converted into liquid form by cooling it below minus 163 degrees Celsius. It is a green fuel of...

FCCU: A Real Value Add To Refineries FCCU: A Real Value Add To Refineries FCCU: A Real Value Add To Refineries FCCU: A Real Value Add To Refineries


FCCU is the resultant technological upgrade from the basic catalytic process which was first developed during 1920s by Eugene Houdry for...

All You Need To Know About Tight Gas All You Need To Know About Tight Gas All You Need To Know About Tight Gas All You Need To Know About Tight Gas


Tight gas refers to natural gas reservoirs embedded in extremely impermeable, hard rock, making the underground formation extremely tight....

Flare Management for Efficient Operations Flare Management for Efficient Operations Flare Management for Efficient Operations Flare Management for Efficient Operations


Flares act as relief devices when a production plant faces an emergency situation and there is a need to quickly dispose of the excess...

Cyber Security Practices in The Oil and Gas Industry Cyber Security Practices in The Oil and Gas Industry Cyber Security Practices in The Oil and Gas Industry Cyber Security Practices in The Oil and Gas Industry


The oil and gas industry is facing complex challenges on various fronts from depleting reserves and falling prices to information and data...

Earth Matters in Oil and Gas Earth Matters in Oil and Gas Earth Matters in Oil and Gas Earth Matters in Oil and Gas


The earth is the source of oil reserves. Deep understanding of earth and its formations are needed to assess the presence of hydrocarbon...

Coal Seam Gas An Unconventional Alternative? Coal Seam Gas An Unconventional Alternative? Coal Seam Gas An Unconventional Alternative? Coal Seam Gas An Unconventional Alternative?


With the depleting conventional oil and gas reserves in the world on one hand and increasing guzzling energy needs on the other, the energy...

Gas Hydrates: Untapped Fossil Energy Gas Hydrates: Untapped Fossil Energy Gas Hydrates: Untapped Fossil Energy Gas Hydrates: Untapped Fossil Energy


As an alternate fuel, gas hydrates promise to be an environmental friendly fuel which can help in achieving green energy proposition. They...

Pipelines: Lifelines of the Oil & Gas Industry Pipelines: Lifelines of the Oil & Gas Industry Pipelines: Lifelines of the Oil & Gas Industry Pipelines: Lifelines of the Oil & Gas Industry


Pipelines play a key role in the transportation of petroleum products across continents in a more efficient and economical way. They are a...

Is Big Data Transforming The Oil & Gas Industry? Is Big Data Transforming The Oil & Gas Industry? Is Big Data Transforming The Oil & Gas Industry? Is Big Data Transforming The Oil & Gas Industry?


While the oil & gas industry is known for handling voluminous data akin to its nature of operations, what has changed in recent times is...

Steering Smart Operations Through Digital Oil Field Steering Smart Operations Through Digital Oil Field Steering Smart Operations Through Digital Oil Field Steering Smart Operations Through Digital Oil Field


DOF is a capability framework that Oil & Gas organizations strive to acquire whereby they are able to manage business critical production...

Macros of Oil & Gas Trading Macros of Oil & Gas Trading Macros of Oil & Gas Trading Macros of Oil & Gas Trading


The inspiration for trading of a product is essentially determined by demand supply situation of that product. There has to be an interest...

Mobility A disruptive technology in Oil & Gas Operations Mobility A disruptive technology in Oil & Gas Operations Mobility A disruptive technology in Oil & Gas Operations Mobility A disruptive technology in Oil & Gas Operations


All major Oil & Gas organizations have embraced mobile technology though initially some had apprehension about it from safety and security...

Bunkering Powering Marine Liners Bunkering Powering Marine Liners Bunkering Powering Marine Liners Bunkering Powering Marine Liners


Before we get into details of the standard operating procedure relating to bunkering, let us briefly see what are the different types of...

Oil & Gas Retailing  Secondary Distribution Processes Oil & Gas Retailing  Secondary Distribution Processes Oil & Gas Retailing  Secondary Distribution Processes Oil & Gas Retailing  Secondary Distribution Processes


Retailing & Marketing are key links in the Oil & Gas supply chain process that aims at reaching oil products to individual consumers in an...

Asset Integrity Management Key for Smart Operations Asset Integrity Management Key for Smart Operations Asset Integrity Management Key for Smart Operations Asset Integrity Management Key for Smart Operations


Why is it important to identify integrity-critical equipment?

Is Shale Gas Losing Its Sheen? Is Shale Gas Losing Its Sheen? Is Shale Gas Losing Its Sheen? Is Shale Gas Losing Its Sheen?


Conventional gas reservoirs are created when natural gas migrates toward the earth's surface from an organic-rich source formation into a...

Mobile Offshore Production Units vs. Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units: What's the Difference? Mobile Offshore Production Units vs. Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units: What's the Difference? Mobile Offshore Production Units vs. Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units: What's the Difference? Mobile Offshore Production Units vs. Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units: What's the Difference?


Drilling is broadly classified into two categories namely onshore and offshore drilling.

Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: A Look at the Petroleum Industry Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: A Look at the Petroleum Industry Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: A Look at the Petroleum Industry Upstream, Midstream, Downstream: A Look at the Petroleum Industry


With oil accounting for close to 10% of the total world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the industry is crucial for the functioning of...