Products & Technology

September 25, 2017

BHGE partners to bring digital simulation tech to oil, gas

BY Baker Hughes, GE Company For the first time, oil and gas customers can build a digital twin of a plant, refinery or rig, that incorporates end-to-end process and operational analytics and machine learning. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

In the Permian Basin, will geology or technology prevail?

BY Staff Wood Mackenzie recently issued a report examining whether growth in the Permian Basin is sustainable. Robert Clarke, the firm's research director for Lower 48 upstream, discussed how geology and technology factor into future production. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

New Halliburton drill bit helps Williston Basin operator

BY Halliburton For an operator in the Williston Basin, GeoTech HE drill bits reliably increased drilling speed and decreased the number of days to drill a lateral by 14 percent. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Tech developed by Dow for shale gas nominated for award

BY Luke GeiverA new technology designed by the Dow Chemical Co. specifically to utilize shale gas has been named a finalist for the annual R&D 100 awards. The awards are meant to identify and highlight the best new technology of the year. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

BY Staff Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have sparked debate about the role of climate change in extreme weather events and raised questions about he use of fossil fuels. Randy Cerveny, a climatologist at Arizona State, answers questions on what science tells us. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

Permian shale customer demand drives Dragon’s San Angelo purchase

BY Luke GeiverThe demand for surface production equipment has provided an opportunity for Beaumont, Texas-based Dragon to expand its offerings to the Permian Basin. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

Greene and Brigade Energy each find ways to expand shale services

BY Luke GeiverGreene Energy Group LLC and Brigade Energy Services LLC each announced plans this week that should help the shale energy service providers expand in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. READ MORE

September 11, 2017

Reusing produced water becoming more economical in the Permian

BY Patrick C. Miller A new University of Texas at Austin research study suggests that the advantages of recycling produced water from fracking operations is becoming more economical in the Permian Basin as water requirements increase and more seismic earthquakes occur. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

In Depth: Growing The Shale Brand

BY Luke GeiverGlobal energy services giant is bringing a new focus to shale. We talk with Halliburton's team on its focus in shale, new technologies and reasons for excitement in the digital, flowback and sand distribution segments. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Patterson-UTI adds directional drilling to expand unconventionals

BY Luke GeiverTexas-based oil and gas drilling contractor Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. has agreed to acquire MS Energy Services, a directional drilling company founded in Conroe, Texas. Through the acquisition, Patterson-UTI said it will grow its reach in shale. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Microsoft to collaborate with Halliburton on oilfield cloud

BY Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Corp. and Halliburton have announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance to drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry. The relationship will bring cloud-computing to the oilfield. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Shell adds Canadian shale assets to methane detection challenge

BY Staff Shell has become the latest major energy producer to join the Methane Detectors Challenge. The multi-stakeholder initiative run by the Environmental Defense Fund is now helping Shell to track and monitor emissions at Canadian shale sites. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Oil and gas groups explain why NAFTA is good for energy industry

BY Staff In a joint paper, the American Petroleum Institute, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Companies have gone on record to explain why they support the North American Free Trade Agreement. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Premier expands completion workflows with NSI acquisition

BY Premier Oilfield Laboratories Premier Oilfield Laboratories LLC has acquired NSI Technologies LLC. NSI is a petroleum industry software and consulting firm specializing in the design, optimization and execution of hydraulic fracturing treatments for operators worldwide. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Major shale completion company shows strong Q2 results

BY Luke GeiverKeane Group Inc., one of the largest pure-play well completion service providers in the U.S., has reported strong results for the second quarter when compared to the previous quarter. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Quanta Services acquires infrastructure solutions company

BY Quanta Services Quanta Services Inc. has acquired Texas-based Stronghold Ltd. and Stronghold Specialty Ltd. Stronghold operates throughout the U.S. and has 10 specialty services companies that provide solutions to the downstream and midstream energy markets. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

ND Gov. Doug Burgum inspires, challenges oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. Miller Addressing the Bakken Conference & Expo in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum challenged the state's oil and gas industry to increase its production to 2 million barrels per day and develop innovative technologies to prevent oil spills. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Conference speakers say the Bakken has a lot going for it

BY Patrick C. Miller Speakers during the first day of the 2017 Bakken Conference & Expo in Bismarck discussed oil and gas trends and talked about why, despite the downturn in oil prices, the Williston Basin is still going strong. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

How OPEC tried, but failed, to kill the Bakken

BY Patrick C. Miller Although OPEC tried to put the Bakken out of business and failed, Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, cautions that U.S. producers focused on short-term results would be wise to study OPEC's history. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

In Depth: Studies in Texas Shale

BY Luke GeiverIn a first-of-its-kind report, a group of Texas subject-matter experts has created a complex, considerate and semi-complete assessment on shale energy development in Texas. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

2017 Bakken oil conference begins next week

BY John NelsonThe 3rd Annual Bakken Conference & Expo will begin Monday, July 17th at the Bismarck Events Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. The event is expected to draw several hundred Bakken-focused professionals to the three-day gathering. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Baker Hughes and GE finalize merger deal

BY Patrick C. Miller A merger transaction combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes has created a new company—BHGE—that GE says is the world’s first company bringing together equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire industry. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Unimin plans West Texas sand plant to serve Permian Basin

BY Patrick C. Miller The largest proppant supplier to the oil and gas industry plans to build a regional sand processing plant in West Texas to support activity in the Permian Basin. Unimin Corp. expects the 5-million-ton-per-year plant to be ready by early 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Halliburton buys Tulsa-based electric submersible pump maker

BY Luke GeiverHalliburton Co. has bolstered its electronic submersible pump offerings. The Houston-based energy service giant has acquired Tulsa-based Summit ESP. Summit engineers, manufactures and services a complete line of ESPs. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

New study shows the benefits of natural gas across the U.S.

BY Staff A new study released by the American Petroleum Institute outlines the economic and energy benefits the U.S. receives from natural gas production and makes projections about the future. In 2015, the resource supported 4 million jobs in the country. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

U.S. Silica building frack sand mine, plant to support Permian

BY Patrick C. Miller In response to the growing demand for frack sand in West Texas, U.S. Silica is building a new mine and plant to support expanding oil and gas activity in the Permian and Delaware basins. The $225 million project should be completed by year's end. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Baker Hughes, GE reach milestone in merger transaction

BY Patrick C. Miller Baker Hughes and GE reached a milestone in their proposed merger when the U.S. Department of Justice approved an agreement allowing the transaction to move forward. The deal is expected to be completed by the middle of the year. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Howard Midstream, WPX partner on Delaware oil, gas projects

BY Luke GeiverSan Antonio-based Howard Midstream Energy Partners is now a major supporter of the Tulsa-based exploration and production firm WPX Energy. The entities have signed a joint venture to develop and operate oil and gas assets in the Delaware. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Oak Ridge research aims to improve oil and gas extraction

BY Staff Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined two analytical techniques that they believe could lead to more economical and efficient oil and gas extraction from shale. The lab is looking for collaborators to continue the research. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

New analytical tool could aid in effective cleanup of oil spills

BY Patrick C. Miller Researchers at Florida International University have developed an analytical tool which provides better information more quickly on oil spills. Understanding of how oil interacts with the environment could lead to better remediation technologies. READ MORE