Pallanich, Jennifer

Pallanich, Jennifer

Jennifer Pallanich is a veteran oil and gas journalist based in Houston. She writes about the technologies that move the oil and gas industry forward.
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Delving into Cultural Factors Can Improve Safety

Apr 12, 2019

Oil and gas organizations have significantly improved safety over the years, and evaluating a company’s safety culture can identify areas for further gains. But culture is hard to measure and even more difficult to change.Over the past 10 years…

Adjusting Strategy to Survive Oil Price Volatility

Apr 08, 2019

In times of oil price volatility, operators can take certain actions to reorient their businesses, generate sustainable value and reignite investor interest.According to the “New horizons: Strategic choices for upstream oil and gas companies…

Interest in US Offshore Acreage Growing

Apr 05, 2019

With stabilizing oil prices and lower breakeven points, interest in the US offshore is increasing.Randall Luthi, president of National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said the interest extends well beyond the existing regions open for oil…

Decommissioning Activity High

Mar 22, 2019

The offshore oil and gas industry has dedicated significant efforts to decommissioning platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico in the last five years.According to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Scott Angelle, over the last five years…

Digitization. Digitalization. Digital transformation.

Mar 15, 2019

Digitization. Digitalization. Digital transformation.As far as Ross Philo, Energistics president and CEO, is concerned, these terms mean much more than simply acquiring more data.Digital transformation is “how do I change my business processes…

Digital Assisted Monitoring & Maintenance

Mar 08, 2019

The offshore industry continues to find new ways to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to become more efficient, improve safety levels, and increase production. Stress Engineering Services is leveraging those technologies along…

Weatherford Unveils Automated MPD Riser System

Mar 01, 2019

Billing it as Industry 4.0, Weatherford launched its automated managed pressure drilling (MPD) riser system in Houston this week. The automated riser system combines with artificial intelligence, condition-based maintenance and additional sensors to speed operations…

Hiring Uptick on the Horizon

Feb 22, 2019

Headcounts in the upstream oil and gas industry have dropped significantly since the downturn started in 2014, but NES Global Talent sees promise of recovery ahead.“We have seen a number of projects which have been in the pipeline for quite…

Outlook Challenge: More Energy, Fewer Emissions

Feb 14, 2019

Supplying the energy needed to support the growing prosperity of the global population yet reducing emissions enough to meet the Paris reduction goals is a major challenge, BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said.It is, Dudley said, “a vast and complex problem…

Seabed Acquisition Seeing Healthier Spend

Feb 08, 2019

The seismic market is rebounding in fits and starts from its low point a year ago, and seabed acquisition is seeing a healthier spend than towed streamer acquisition, according to ION.“The seabed acquisition business was growing well before the downturn…

Downhole Data

Feb 04, 2019

Forewarned is forearmed, an adage that is particularly true when it comes to deepwater drilling. Offshore drillers are increasingly relying on existing and new downhole data technologies to make real-time decisions and keep operations safe.Complex…

Oil Spill Calculator Predicts Oil Movements

Feb 01, 2019

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed a lot of the thinking about subsea blowouts, including how to predict the movement of the oil and gas.“One thing that was clear early on during the Deepwater Horizon was that dissolution of oil into water was a major process…

IRM at Mad Dog

Jan 29, 2019

Keeping operations humming on an oil production spar with an integrated drilling rig requires a lot of planning. The inspections, repairs and maintenance plan for the deepwater Mad Dog facility adheres to BP’s risk-based approach but is tailored…

Wood Brings a Regional Focus Globally

Jan 25, 2019

Wood is using a global yet regional approach to complete offshore projects around the world.Kent McAllister, Wood’s president for capital projects upstream & midstream, called Equinor’s Peregrino 2 project a good example of that kind of global yet regional approach…

Safer Than Other Industries

Jan 18, 2019

The oil and gas industry’s relentless focus on safety is paying off. Earlier this week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released its Workplace Safety Report, which revealed occupational injuries and illness for the oil and gas industry…

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