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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
17 April 2014
Shell has made an exploration discovery offshore Malaysia in the Rosmari-1 well located 135 km offshore Malaysia in Block SK318. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,123...
16 April 2014
Maersk Drilling has taken the delivery of its second drillship, Maersk Valiant from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage toward the...
16 April 2014
Ensco has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141, for delivery in mid-2016 from Lamprell’s shipyard in the United Arab Emirates. The rigs will also...
16 April 2014
In the Brookeland Field in East Texas, conventional drilling methods failed in six attempts to drill a “straightforward” horizontal wellbore. The original well had surface casing installed...
16 April 2014
Since 2008, more than 400 people – from operators, drilling contractors, service companies and regulators – have completed Chevron’s dual-gradient drilling (DGD) training...