Technology
Spill prevention is better than cure for deep-water operators
12 April 2012
Two years on from the Macondo, safety technology is taking centre stage for deep-water operators
Push for new fracking disclosures in Europe
10 April 2012
ExxonMobil has called on the industry to establish a system of disclosure for the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Europe
China invests big for technology grab
30 November 2011
While accepting its energy-import dependence, China is investing big, at home and abroad, to make the most of domestic, and global, oil and gas resources
Platform-less deep-water development could become reality
10 November 2011
Innovation is in Petrobras’s DNA, so dreams of a platform-less offshore environment may become reality within a decade
Biofuels are the best way to cut transport emissions
22 September 2011
Increased biofuels use is the best way to cut emissions from the transport sector says Shell
High hopes for new refinery residue fuel
24 August 2011
A UK company has developed an alternative for heavy oil fuel by converting refinery residues into an oil-in-water emulsion
PDO's solar-EOR first for Middle East Gulf
4 August 2011
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has ordered a 7 megawatt solar, enhanced oil-recovery (EOR) system from California’s GlassPoint Solar, for use at an existing thermal EOR project in the south of the sultanate
Chemicals sector targets Marcellus Shale
19 July 2011
With the chemicals business in an up-cycle and North American gas prices low, companies are looking to boost US ethylene capacity, based on shale resources
Horizontal drilling could unlock Alaskan resources
18 July 2011
Horizontal drilling techniques could unlock oil and gas resources beneath Alaska’s environmentally sensitive areas, but would require a change to federal law to allow the practice
Research & Development: Vital for the energy transition
18 July 2011
Technology will be a crucial to the energy transition, unlocking new supply sources: both fossil fuel and renewable. Companies that successfully manage R&D will have first-mover advantage
Enhanced oil recovery: A vital tool in a low-carbon future
18 July 2011
Enhanced oil recovery using CO2 injection delivers twin benefits: the cost advantage of increased hydrocarbons recovery; plus the removal of harmful carbon emissions from the atmosphere, writes Raúl Camba*
Israel’s plan to wean the world off oil with technology
7 July 2011
The Israeli government hopes technology will green the country – and weaken its oil-rich neighbours
Canadian biodiesel requirement stirs fuel vs food debate
4 July 2011
New requirements for renewable content in fuel have been implemented by the Canadian government
Strong upturn for chemicals business
9 June 2011
The worldwide chemicals business has bounced back from its recession – and US producers are set for a resurgence on new feedstock availability
Chemicals sector cycling up as profitability increases
9 June 2011
The chemicals business is in a powerful up-cycle as the market fundamentals turn favourable
Gas golden age hinges on frack standards
6 June 2011
IEA sees unconventional future depending on wider acceptance
Oilfield services sector hoping for a global upswing
27 April 2011
The big oilfield services companies are upbeat about 2011, with unconventional energy projects the main driver of demand for their technical know how
Upfront science cuts upstream dry-well odds
31 March 2011
Although advanced upstream technologies are expensive, early adopters significantly reduce the risk of drilling a dry hole
Microsoft wants to make information more manageable
31 March 2011
Microsoft is teaming up with the oil industry and other IT suppliers to create common standards for upstream software
Controversial Redwater upgrader advances
31 March 2011
Alberta needs the Redwater upgrader project to succeed to prove its case that CCS technology can clean up the oil-sands
Josh Fox's Gasland film versus the shale-gas industry
24 February 2011
A film about shale-gas fracking in the US is up for an Oscar
Shell's Pearl promises a new dawn for GTL
24 February 2011
Market fundamentals have never looked better for GTL and if Shell's Pearl plant works as expected, it will be a huge breakthrough for the industry
A new twist on an old EOR technique
24 February 2011
The IEA expects enhanced oil-recovery to be applied to 20% of production by 2030. Shell is developing a number of new techniques to boost the flow of oil
GTL: A glut-inspired idea for North America's shale-gas abundance
28 January 2011
UNCONVENTIONAL gas from Canada's Montney shale play could be converted into synthetic oil products to exploit the dramatic structural divergence of North American oil and gas prices
Cancun's climate change talks boost carbon capture and storage
27 January 2011
CCS could be included in the UN CDM, in a move that would provide much needed financing for this nascent, some say vital, technology in the fight against climate change, writes Ian Lewis
Statoil plans first use of subsea compression
14 December 2010
The company plans to install the world's first subsea gas-compression facility by 2014