Petroleum Extraction


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

Dry Hole Explained in 6 Common Questions and Answers Dry Hole Explained in 6 Common Questions and Answers Dry Hole Explained in 6 Common Questions and Answers Dry Hole Explained in 6 Common Questions and Answers


A dry hole is a term used to refer to any well that does not contain oil or natural gas in quantities sufficient enough to pay for the cost...

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


The drilling fluid faces a risk of contamination each time it embarks on its journey downhole. All these tend to change the properties of...

Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability Grasping the Concept of Rock Permeability


In this friendly introduction to the concept of rock permeability, we discover how tiny pores within the rock allow fluids such as oil,...

Oil well hydraulic fracturing fracking rig in a field. Oil well hydraulic fracturing fracking rig in a field. Oil well hydraulic fracturing fracking rig in a field. Oil well hydraulic fracturing fracking rig in a field.


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

Artificial Lift: When is it Needed? Artificial Lift: When is it Needed? Artificial Lift: When is it Needed? Artificial Lift: When is it Needed?


No matter how much initial energy the reservoir has, there will come a point where the reservoir pressure drops to where the well dies....

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?


Upstream offshore operations deploy complex oil rigs in different configurations depending on the nature of the oil field and type of...

Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs Three Types of Oil Reservoirs


Understanding the kind of oil reservoir we are dealing with helps us make the best decisions to efficiently produce the hydrocarbons in the...

Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms Understanding Reservoir Drive Mechanisms


Any method of recovery must recognize the rock and fluid properties and available drive mechanisms present in the reservoir. As we search...

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...