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.
Houston • Email: [email protected]

The Drilling Evolution

Oct 14, 2019

Following a few years of low oil prices and a drop in rig utilization rates, drillers remain focused on ways to improve operational efficiency and safety.Many of the improvements to rigs are evolutionary, such as automation, remote control and sensing…

Fewer Splices Mean Faster Umbilical Production at Upgraded Facility

Oct 11, 2019

A new method for manufacturing large power umbilicals can shave off 15% to 20% of manufacturing time by minimizing the number of electrical cable splices required.Power umbilicals can be 10 inches in diameter and up to 60 miles long and take up a lot of space prior to installation…

Production 4.0

Oct 08, 2019

As the oil and gas industry increasingly automates functions, one service company has focused on changing the focus from dumb iron to the cloud.Weatherford’s vision is to take its range of production tools and technologies to the next level by bringing them together with the basics of Industry 4…

Offshore Inspections Take Flight

Oct 02, 2019

The use of drones to inspect offshore assets can drive up safety levels, increase operational time and reduce costs.In just a few short years, drone technology has “come a very, very long way,” says Tyler Collins, VP of enterprise services at PrecisionHawk…

Monitoring, and Addressing, Crude Quality in Real-time

Sep 20, 2019

Through artificial intelligence and machine learning, oil companies can monitor production stream quality in real time to optimize the value per barrel.“The industry is now recognizing the importance of product quality,” says Paul Oates, US business development director for Validere…

Remote Technologies Augment Capabilities

Sep 13, 2019

As connectivity at offshore oil and gas facilities improves, one of the major hurdles for augmented reality technology is evaporating.Connectivity has, for years, been the primary challenge for uptake of certain remote-enabling technologies for use in testing…

Danos: Technology Will Reinvigorate Business

Sep 05, 2019

The leadership at Danos believes technology will transform the oil industry. To thrive in the midst of that change, Louisiana-based Danos is actively focused on how to use technology to help customers work more efficiently and cost-effectively…

ADNOC Embraces Digital to Reduce Offshore Personnel

Aug 29, 2019

The future of the oil field is digital.Qasem Al Kayoumi, ADNOC’s SVP, technical center, said all the company’s new field developments will rely on digital technology. Speaking at the Life 2019 Landmark Innovation Forum & Expo in Houston, he…

The Gulf of Mexico Way

Aug 25, 2019

Following a “Gulf of Mexico way” of project execution strategy, standardizing equipment, opting for subsea solutions where possible and focusing on efficient drilling methods is saving $1.3 billion on the Equinor-operated Peregrino Phase 2 heavy oil project offshore Brazil…

A Fluid Conversation

Aug 23, 2019

Using produced liquids in a wireless completionTendeka’s PulseEight re-deployable wireless completion systems have been deployed in a number of areas to carry out downhole functions. The PulseEight Ambient Valve has recognized safety incidents…

Prolonging Wellhead Fatigue Life

Aug 16, 2019

When oil and gas operators need to carry out workovers or plug and abandon a deepwater well, a primary concern is how much fatigue life remains in the wellhead.Wells from two decades ago were drilled and completed with rigs that may have been decommissioned…

“See” Ahead of the Bit

Aug 12, 2019

Even with the best seismic data and reservoir modeling available, drillers have remained in the dark about what’s in front of the drill bit. A new sensing tool has been designed to “see” ahead of the bit and can transmit data in real time to shift drilling operations from reactive to proactive…

Subsea Bypass to Keep Sand Out of Critical Equipment

Aug 09, 2019

While operators are in the business of producing oil and gas, their wells eventually produce sand. In addition to constricting the well’s oil and gas output, sand that reaches the topsides can damage critical equipment.Preventing sand production through completions is critical…

Keeping Hydrates at Bay

Aug 02, 2019

The oil industry has a host of methods for keeping hydrocarbons moving smoothly through flowlines, depending on what might restrict production.Hydrates, or ice-like solids resulting from the combination of free water and natural gas at high pressure and low temperature…

Downhole Cameras: A New Dimension in Wellbore Inspections

Jul 26, 2019

As oil and gas wellbores age, owners need new and better ways to gather – and understand – intelligence about the condition of their assets.Downhole cameras can be useful for finding restrictions in a wellbore during completions, and they can…

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Offshore Engineer (Sep/Oct 2019)

This issue of Offshore Engineer is dedicated to Big Data and Digitalization

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