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  EPMAG.COM FEBR UARY 2012 Subsea TechnologyHydraulic FracturingDrill Bit TechnologyUnconventionalResourceDevelopmentReservoirCharacterization Regional Report: Middle EastRegional Report: Middle East  Global Supp lier of Choice Our Vision Be the world s premier, distribution company of pipe , valves , fittings and related products and services to the energy and industrial markets . Services Integr a ted Services Logistical Services Well Packages Materials Management Project Services Technical Support Valve Automation Visit us online at mrcpvf.com for a complete list of our locations , product offering andservice capabilities. Products OCTG Line Pipe Fittings Flanges Valves Actuators Instrumentation Oilfield Supp lies Production Equipment Polyethylene Products Corporate Headquarters 2 Houston Center 909 Fannin , Suite 3100 Houston , TX 77010-1011 Phone: (87712947574 mrcpvf. com   ri  UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GGI reduces risk, cost in shale plays New approach increases heavy oil productionin EgyptLow-gravity wells in Canada respond to newCHOPS chemistry RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION Geophysics has a role in shale plays‘Drill here’ models reduce shale play risk DRILL BIT TECHNOLOGY New cutter design improves average penetration rateHigh-efficiency vector-accurate PDC bitoptimizes directional controlFixed cutter bit allows longer runs, higher speedsin shales, carbonatesImproved cutter technology increases overallperformanceDrill bits evolve to the new ‘normal’ in drillingpractices HYDRAULIC FRACTURING Shale operators must follow best practicesHybrid completion isolates 38 Bakken zones with no lost timeLPG fracing gains acceptance as viablealternative SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY R&D is vital to reaching further, going deeperSubsea well intervention technology delivers at depth REGIONAL REPORT: MIDDLE EAST A war of giants could cut off Persian Gulfproduction IndustryPULSE: Global changes impact the future of natural gas LNG imports could be the success story of 2012. EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION WORLDWIDE COVERAGE FEBRUARY 2012 VOLUME 85 ISSUE 2 A HART ENERGY PUBLICATION www.EPmag.com 32 From the icy waters surroundingGreenland to the vast expanse ofChina, operators are queuing up the next round of super fields. New plays takecenter stage   6 WorldVIEW: US midstream segment in for major overhaul Regardless of President Barack Obama’s decision onthe Keystone XL pipeline, the country is overdue for apipeline overhaul.   8 Unconventional: Bakken  Williston basin oil boom gains momentum  Williston basin operators are making progress in theBakken-Three Forks play, where new zones and tech-nology advances are proving the region’s long-termoil potential. 4044485462607072767880849296106   88 66 COVER STORY  AS I SEE IT  Yesterday’s frontier, today’s front line 5 MANAGEMENT REPORT Recruiting gets a new look14 DIGITAL OIL FIELD World-class data centers meet oil, gas HPC needs18Three-D real-time visualization service facilitates accurate, timely decisions22 EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY Taking a microscopic view of the shales27 WELL CONSTRUCTION Despite lag, GoM activity continues to grow29 PRODUCTION OPTIMIZATION EOR project has the right mix 31 TECH WATCH Warning system mitigates earthquake damage 100 TECH TRENDS 104 INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 108 ON THE MOVE/INDEX TO ADVERTISERS 114-115 LAST WORD Attention to increased risk is critical for safe decommissioning116 E&P (ISSN 1527-4063) (PM40036185) is published monthly by Hart Energy Publishing, LP, 1616 S. Voss Road, Suite 1000, Houston,Texas 77057. Periodicals postage paid at Houston, TX, and additional mailing offices. Subscription rates: 1 year (12 issues), US $149; 2 years (24 issues), US $279. Single copies are US $18 (prepayment required). Advertising rates furnished upon request. POSTMASTER:Send address changes to E&P, PO Box 5020, Brentwood, TN 37024.  Address all non-subscriber correspondence to E&P, 1616 S. VossRoad, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77057; Telephone: 713-260-6442. All subscriber inquiries should be addressed to E&P, 1616 S. Voss Road, Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77057; Telephone: 713-260-6442 Fax: 713-840-1449; custserv@hartenergy.com. Copyright © Hart Energy Publishing, LP, 2012. Hart Energy Publishing, LP reserves all rights to editorial matter in this magazine. No article may bereproduced or transmitted in whole or in parts by any means without written permission of the publisher, excepting that permission to photocopy is granted to users registered with Copyright Clearance Center/0164-8322/91 $3/$2. Indexed by Applied Science, TechnologyIndex and Engineering Index Inc. Federal copyright law prohibits unauthorized reproduction by any means and imposes fines of up to$25,000 for violations. DEPARTMENTS AND COMMENTARY ABOUT THE COVER A polar-class icebreaker clears a path for seismic dataacquisition offshore Northeast Greenland using ION GeoVentures’ under-ice seismicdata acquisition technology. Greenland is an area of growing interest for the oil andgas industry. (Image courtesy of ION; cover design by Laura J. Williams) COMING NEXT MONTH The March issue of E&P  showcases the annual drilling advances andrecords feature, celebrating companies whose technology continues to push the limits. The issue alsofeatures intelligent operations, 4-D seismic, drilling and completion fluids, and artificial lift, and regionalreports focus on Canadian shales and West Africa. Additionally, the magazine has a special feature ondeepwater advances. As always, while you’re waiting for the next copy of E&P  , remember to visit EPmag.com  for news, industry updates, and unique industry analysis. Printed on recycled paper
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