Archive | September/October

Sand control technology enhanced to fit complex deepwater, deep-shelf operations

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Chip Hale, BJ Services Company Deepwater and deep-shelf exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gain momentum, and each new extension of water and drilling depth issues the industry new challenges to traditional drilling, completion and production technology. As part of an optimal completion design, sand control technology faces its share […]

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Drilling and testing of an HPHT deep gas prospect from an existing well: case history

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By M.J. Al-Saeedi, J.R.Singh, V.S. Mahesh, H.S. Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company; D. McKinnell, Total Kuwait The search for commercial quantities of non-associated gas from the Lower Mesozoic and Paleozoic horizons has been an important part of the exploration strategy of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) over a number of years. Four deep wells were drilled down […]

Kuwait Oil Co designs, builds semi-automated 3,000-hp rig to tap deep HPHT resources

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Ayad Al-Kandari and Mohammed Al-Saeedi, Kuwait Oil Company; Roger Kingsborough and T.W. Brewster II, Chevron; David McKinnell, Total Kuwait Drilling of deep HPHT wells in Kuwait requires both local and international drilling contractors to adhere strictly to overall required capacities of equipment for safely and efficiently drilling Jurassic and deeper exploratory prospects from depths […]

Saudi Aramco, Al Mansoori: Quick takes with Middle East innovators

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

Zuhair Al-Hussain, Saudi Aramco General manager, drilling & workover operations DC: Can you tell us about some of Saudi Aramco’s upcoming drilling projects? Al-Hussain: We’ve started the Khurais project, which calls for 1.2 million bbls/day and ranks as one of the world’s biggest projects. Progress is ongoing, and an integrated services contract has been awarded […]

Middle East’s critical energy industry evolves under market influences, geopolitical changes

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor Where does one begin? My brief is to paint, in the context of drilling and related well services, a picture of the Middle East, which as we all know is hardly off TV screens, newspaper front pages or radio newscasts. It’s been that way for years, with the writer first […]

Reservoir, drilling and real-time technologies increase Saudi Aramco reserves, production

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Wajid Rasheed, contributing editor Commonly cited as the largest oil company in the world and a “swing” producer in times of crisis, Saudi Aramco faces more challenges than your average operator. Not only does it need to replenish reserves and maintain production output, but whereas other oil companies can acquire reserves through stocks, for […]

ReedHycalog taking holistic approach to mitigating drilling vibrations to reduce NPT

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By Andy Murdock and Steve Berkman, ReedHycalog Drilling vibrations have been identified by many operators as the leading cause of nonproductive time. With the current strong rig rates, nonproductive time, ranging from drilling inefficiencies to twisting off the drill string due to fatigue failure, has become even more critical. Symptoms of vibration problems that lead […]

Lessons of Katrina, Rita, Ivan bear fruit in GOM for offshore industry facing wrath of Dean

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

Operators and contractors had an unsought, but inevitable opportunity to put the lessons of hurricanes Ivan (2004) Katrina and Rita (2005) to the test at summer’s end, faced with the menace of Hurricane Dean. Rebounding off of 2006’s welcome hurricane doldrums, Dean swept mightily into the Gulf of Mexico in late August. Dean’s arrow-straight trajectory […]

Engine manufacturers work on supply chains, reliability as drilling contractor demands rise

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

When lead times for critical equipment like engines reach into the 24-months range, as is currently typical, frustrations can surface. Engine manufacturers Wärtsilä and Cummins know their customers want to see change. “Engine demand is clearly outstripping supply. Everyone is trying to get more suppliers on line, as well as increase internal capacity,” said Erik […]

Purpose-built land rigs produce step change in drilling time, cost, and opportunities

Posted on 28 October 2009 in 2007, September/October

By E.S. Kolstad, New Tech Engineering; L.D. Steinke, L.S. Brady, Williams Production RMT Company; S.P. Marchand, Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company Rising natural gas prices and Wall Street demands have come together to create a new culture of aggressiveness in natural gas development for one operator in the Piceance Basin. Meeting and exceeding growing […]

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