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September/October

Kevin Lacy, BP head of discipline, drilling and completions: Building a global career around a global business

By Linda Hsieh, associate editor Graduating with honors at the height of the boom in 1980 with a petroleum engineering degree, Kevin Lacy had his pickings. His five summer jobs had given him a taste of drilling, production and reservoir engineering, but he wanted to learn things first-hand, and he knew it was drilling that would get him into the field right away. He ended up choosing Chevron because the company sends its drilling engineers to the rigs in a leadership capacity. “I had learned the field work and basics through summer and part-time jobs, and I was ready to take it to the next level,” he said. Since it was 1980 and oil companies couldn’t get their wells drilled ...

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People Companies & Products

Transocean, GlobalSantaFe announce merger Transocean and GlobalSantaFe have announced an agreement for a merger of equals. The combined company will be known as Transocean and will have a global fleet of 146 rigs. The merger “will enhance our high-end floater fleet, including five newbuild ultra-deepwater units, while growing our position in the worldwide jackup market, especially in the Middle East, West Africa and the North Sea,” said Robert L. Long, who will continue to serve as CEO of Transocean. Current GlobalSantaFe president and CEO Jon A. Marshall will serve as Transocean’s president and COO. Current GlobalSantaFe chairman Robert E. Rose will serve as Transocean’s chairman of the board of directors. Separately, Transocean has joined the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a ...

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SAFETY principles can help achieve true culture of safety

By Greg Anderson, Randy Smith Training Solutions Culture is described as the beliefs and behaviors handed down from one generation to the next. In the workplace, each new employee and contractor represents the next generation of a company. This can be an opportunity or a continuing challenge, because these new people will adopt the safety behaviors of their co-workers. One finding that came out of a major industrial incident was that “hazard training was largely passed down by experience from others. Sometimes this guidance was poor, perhaps due to an element of complacency.” Managers need to constantly ask themselves, “Whose behaviors are our new people adopting? Are these the behaviors we want passed to the next generation of employees?” There ...

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D&C Tech Digest

BHP Billiton-operated rigs set benchmarks for subsalt, deepwater drilling in Gulf of Mexico BHP Billiton Petroleum announced that two company-operated drilling vessels have set new benchmarks for subsalt, deepwater drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico. On 17 May 2007, while working on a development well on the Shenzi oil and gas field, the GSF C.R. Luigs achieved a record-low average of 1.52 days/1,000 ft from spud to TD. The well was drilled to a total depth of about 26,900 ft in 33 days while operating in water depths of nearly 4,300 ft on Green Canyon Block 654. This matches a company record accomplished the prior month on the Neptune development with the GSF Development Driller I, which averaged about ...

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D&C News

KCA DEUTAG, Bentec unveil new rig design KCA DEUTAG and Bentec Drilling and Oilfield Services unveiled the first of a new land rig design, called the Nomad Class, developed for desert terrain conditions such as North Africa and the Middle East. A second Nomad Class rig is scheduled for completion in September 2007, with further Nomad rigs under consideration. T-211 will be mobilised in the third quarter 2007 to Algeria to work for BP/Sonatrach under a one-year contract. The Nomad Class rig was designed in response to demand for highly mobile and more efficient drilling rigs capable of drilling wells to 15,000 ft or deeper, said Claus Chur, KCA DEUTAG director technical and procurement. “Existing rigs can take more than ...

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Unlike weather, we can do more than talk about finding new people

Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher In Houston at press time, we watch with wary eye as the first hurricane (Dean) and tropical storm (Erin) enliven the Gulf of Mexico. Both were forecast to swing wide of oil developments. Given cyclonic unpredictability, though, on alert we remain. (See p 68 for a case study in hurricane preparedness.) Which suggests the old adage – everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. For ages, the same has rung true about replenishing the industry’s thinning ranks. But that’s finally front and center on the radar screen. Herein, I celebrate one particular effort – IADC Career Connection. Born of the vision of IADC chairman Bob Long of Transocean to expand ...

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News Cuttings

DC_Sept07_NewsCuttings IADC to use DNV’s worldwide network to expand audits In a move that could pave the way for expansion of its accreditation and certification efforts, IADC has signed an agreement with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to utilize the company’s extensive worldwide network of auditors to assist in monitoring accredited training providers. “One thing that has restrained our responsiveness to requests for additional accreditation services has been the availability of qualified auditors,” said Steve Kropla, vice president of Accreditation & Certification. “Access to DNV’s global resources will greatly assist us in ensuring the quality of our existing programs as well as enable us to put new programs in place more quickly.” The agreement provides IADC with preferred audit day rates ...

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IADC Annual Meeting: Today’s industry hums, but what’s the tune for tomorrow?

Times are great, drilling activity is humming, but what about tomorrow? How will contractors, operators and service firms handle the squeeze of people and equipment that looms? On the other hand, will the current newbuild bonanza bust our business with oversupply? How can technology race to the rescue in an era of elusive hydrocarbons? The 2007 IADC Annual Meeting may not have all the answers, but it surely will provide food for thought on these and other issues. Plus, the conference, 1-2 November at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, will bring together the leading players in drilling, offering outstanding networking and social opportunities. Transocean is our Platinum Sponsor for the Annual Meeting, while Pride International is the Gold Sponsor. The ...

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Wirelines

Australian government boosts E&P The Australian government has announced a boost to petroleum exploration in Australian waters, with 11 new offshore permits awarded to exploration companies from the US, France, China, India and Australia. In total, the companies will invest more than AUD$800 million over six years, taking total investment in the 2006 offshore petroleum acreage release to almost AUD$2.2 billion. The exploration areas that these permits apply to are in waters off Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and include four permits in Designated Frontier Areas. MMS deep-gas rule criticized IADC joined US producer associations to criticize MMS’ proposal to devise “incentives” for ultra-deep natural gas E&P. The proposed rule would actually deny or limit royalty relief for ...

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IADC operations staff leads the way to an improved global drilling industry

It’s been a demanding yet rewarding year for IADC operations since last year’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Major victories have been claimed in government affairs. Accreditation & certification programs gained increasing recognition worldwide. Technical, regulatory and safety achievements were made both onshore and offshore. And all efforts have benefitted IADC members — in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Africa, the US. The following are some highlights of the year past and a look-ahead at the coming year. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS The IADC government affairs office has continued to pursue a solution in the UK employment tribunals to application of the EU Working Time Directive in the UK offshore. “We believe the odds are strongly with us to prevail against ...

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