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¡®Smart water¡¯ may help maximize reservoir production

Jeff Falk, Mike Williams, Rice University

Scientists at Rice University¡¯s Brown School of Engineering show that microscopic saltwater droplets emulsify crude oil when each has the right composition. Understanding how they combine is important to enhanced oil recovery.

Overcoming small organic barriers could reap larger oil recoveries in shale reservoirs

Nancy Luedke, Texas A&M University

Researchers at Texas A&M University have found that the presence of a fossilized organic substance called kerogen plays a vital role in how easily carbon dioxide can travel through shale reservoirs.

Special Focus: 2020 Forecast - Washington Outlook

Dr. Roger Bezdek, Contributing Editor

While attention is focused on the national elections, there are ominous policies gestating at the state and local government levels.

Gyro-while-drilling technology improves drilling efficiency and well placement


In today¡¯s environment, the need to expedite wellbore construction has been supplanted by the requirement to drill boreholes more intelligently. A real-time wellbore guidance technology offers operators and service companies a means of improving precision and accuracy in wellbore placement.

Featured Columns ///

Executive viewpoint

John Clegg

In an era of low oil prices, how do we break even?

Editorial advisors' perspective

Leslie Shockley Beyer

OFS technology: The driver of energy transition

TechTalk ///More TechTalk

Connecting marketers to the World Oil audience What is this?

World Oil TechTalk allows marketers to connect directly with the World Oil audience by enabling them to create content and participate in the conversation on the World Oil website. Each TechTalk article is produced by the marketer. For more information on TechTalk packages, click here.

L.E.K. Consulting: Best practices in advanced data science - lessons for the oil and gas industry

Delivering sustained business value from digital technologies--particularly AI--requires good problem formulation, data readiness, expertise availability and organizational enablement.

Industry at a Glance ///

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Data courtesy of Baker Hughes.

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