By David Walker, Dan Daulton, Percy Lormand, Glenn Baccigalopi, BJ Services When the Jack-2 well test broke production records in 2006, it didn’t just open a valve to drain oil from the Lower Tertiary play: It opened the floodgates for other operators to venture into the ultra-deepwater regions of the Gulf of Mexico. In water […]
By Bruno Lefevre, William Gamisans, VAM Drilling The continuous developments in oil and gas drilling operations have resulted in a significant increase in the application of extended-reach wells and horizontal drilling procedures as well as HPHT downhole conditions. These deeper and more deviated wells require the use of a drill string that has both higher […]
By Muhammad A Muqeem and Clark M Jarrett, Saudi Aramco; Hassan J Abdul, Weatherford CPD&T Underbalanced drilling (UBD) has been accepted as an enabling technology for its various benefits. UBD can avoid or minimize drilling-related issues like stuck pipe and lost circulation and increase rate of penetration. Saudi Aramco has identified the minimization of fluid […]
2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference looks to the cutting-edge of today, plans for the challenges of tomorrow With hydrocarbon demand soaring, and supplies at a premium, the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the global drilling and completion industry have never been greater. Oil and natural gas may not be renewable fuels, but to efficiently and safely […]
By Jim Graef, Capital Safety The use and enforcement of fall protection equipment on drilling and service rigs has come a long way in the last decade or so. Unfortunately, it has taken several high-profile accidents to spur an increased focus on safety and compliance with established industry standards. Fortunately, however, compliance rates continue to […]
By Warren P Schneider, TESCO Corp Safety statistics indicate that the number of fatalities experienced during drilling and related rig operations doubled from 2002 to 2003. Since then, the number of fatalities has remained near that level. Conversely, that means the number of fatalities has not decreased. Among the most dangerous occupations of the rig […]
By Fiona Grant, Baker Oil Tools Many health, safety and environment (HSE) training programs are seen as low-value, boring and time-consuming – and with retention rates between 9% and 15% one month after program completion. The problem is compounded in international companies, where language barriers impede traditional “chalk and talk” training methods. At Baker Oil […]
By Alan Gilmour, J.O. Pruett II, M-I-SWACO A chemically enhanced centrifugation process, designed to remove the bulk of fine colloidal particles and/or increase the oil/water ratio (OWR) in oil- or synthetic-based drilling fluids, has proved its capacity to reduce costs significantly during a Wyoming field trial. The patented RECLAIM technology comprises proprietary flocculants and surfactants […]
By Jason Wilson, Transocean, and Mike Wahl, Definitions Fitness Company Worker health and well being is a global issue that should be managed by all organizations. It is directly relevant to all drilling companies and has the potential to significantly impact operational and financial performance. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) clearly demonstrate that […]
By Joe Greener and Tracey Adam, with contributions from Kenneth Lang and Jack Hinton, INTEQ Despite a number of significant improvements in engineering controls that previously resulted in reduced injury rates, recent statistics from the UK Health and Safety Executive demonstrate that further improvements are still needed. There is a recognised downward trend in fatal […]
10 March 2014
In a recent Latin American project, an operator was able to overcome challenges related to shock and vibrations by deploying a redesigned rotary steerable system (RSS)...
06 March 2014
A protocol for delivering real-time operations support for small-scale, geographically dispersed drilling campaigns is giving crews in far-flung fields easier...
06 March 2014
Baker Hughes’ AutoTrak Curve rotary steerable system (RSS), launched two years ago at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, has drilled 10 million ft onshore North America...
06 March 2014
A project to measure and improve land rig moves identified four key fundamentals and their integration as the path to efficient rig moves: streamlined procedures...
06 March 2014
Varel International launched the IMax series of diamond-impregnated drill bits this week at the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The IMax bit targets formations...