Cover: Oilfield Review Winter 2006
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Editorial: On the Importance of Cuttings Reinjection
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A new focused-sampling device allows acquisition of downhole fluid samples of unprecedented purity, and in a fraction of the time needed with conventional sampling technology. The method also gives superior results for downhole measurements of formation-fluid properties.
Increased computing power, the growing capabilities of modeling and simulation software, and human ingenuity across multiple disciplines are ushering in a new era in reservoir management. The ability to update reservoir models in real time will lead to exciting advances in wellbore placement, helping engineers and geoscientists improve field development.
Innovations in electrical submersible pump technology are paying off for oil companies, providing greater reliability, performance and endurance in harsh environments. From manufacturing to monitoring, advanced pump systems are helping oil companies optimize production while protecting their investments in downhole lifting technology.
Low-cost gas lift systems have traditionally been the preferred method of artificial lift in offshore production environments. Innovations in high-performance and high reliability gas lift systems have increased the capabilities for enhanced production and safety in modern high-pressure deepwater and subsea installations.
As borehole complexity increases, operators struggle to comply with stringent wastedischarge guidelines while meeting drilling-performance demands. Today, advances in drilling fluids and cuttings-management techniques are allowing operators to use the most efficient drilling-fluid systems while effectively removing drilling waste from the environment.
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