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22nd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Survey

While the outlook varies across specific markets, overall market indicators suggest enhanced spending programs for underground construction and rehab markets this year.

Bakken Shale: North Dakota's Growth Engine

The Bakken Shale play has catapulted sparsely populated North Dakota to the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, eclipsing historically oil-rich states such as Alaska and California.

US majors’ planned Caspian exit puts Baku in a bind

Azerbaijan may find it much tougher to find investment after the departure of Chevron and ExxonMobil

Resolving vibration problems in a crude booster pump

The pumps referred to in this article are 2,600-HP vertical pumps utilized as booster pumps for the shipment of crude oil.

EPC/construction contracting—Start with the end in mind

Large capital projects continue to be challenged by budget issues. Typically, the central problems are large overruns with construction. Construction is the largest and riskiest portion of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project, and it comes at the end of the project when project optimization, value improvement and/or correction options are limited

RSS design aimed at a growing scope of directional drilling demands

Rotary steerable systems (RSS) are typically based on technology developed in the last century. Modern directional drilling demands a very different ethos and approach to the tool’s design.

U.S. set for measured increase despite DUC build-up

Over the last 12 months, the global upstream industry has featured rising oil and gas production; volatile, unpredictable oil prices, as evidenced in the last three months; and in the U.S., slowly-but-steadily rising drilling activity.

Activity outside the U.S. to grow at moderate pace

Over the last 12 months, the global upstream industry has featured rising oil and gas production (particularly in the U.S.); volatile, unpredictable oil prices (as in the final quarter of 2018); and slowly-but-steadily rising drilling activity.

2019 Global Pipeline Construction Outlook

The upstream sector started the new year on a cautious note, but the midstream sector roared into 2019 on a wave of pipeline construction activity. The latest Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates 145,353 miles of pipelines were planned or under construction worldwide at the start of the year.

Saturn Oil & Gas has commenced drilling of 10-well Viking horizontal program

Saturn Oil & Gas Inc. is has announced the commencement of its first quarter/second quarter 2019 drill program, Jan. 14, 2019.

ExxonMobil creates new upstream businesses, names new leaders

ExxonMobil Corporation will streamline its upstream organization and centralize project delivery across the company to support previously announced plans to double operating cash flow and earnings by 2025.

Oil scores best January on record as supply cuts revive market

Oil closed lower but still scored its best January gain on record, after a month in which OPEC’s emergency supply cuts started to take root and panic eased about the global economy.

Achieve higher operational efficiency with amine system improvements

Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) operates a plant at India’s western coast to extract value-added products from natural gas and make crude oil suitable for refining.

Eastern Med’s E&P successes to take spotlight at EMGC 2019

Gulf Energy Information is pleased to announce that the 6th annual Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC) will return to the Hilton Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 6–7 March 2019.

China’s growing natural gas demand—key projects and market insights

Since market reforms first started in 1978, China has shifted from a centrally planned economy to a market-based economy, experiencing rapid economic and social development.

AI: How AI and machine learning benefit refineries and petrochemical plants

Embedding machines with artificial intelligence (AI) allows them to learn from their past experiences. This means that machines at a petrochemical plant can use past data to predict future events.