Archive | November/December

New fracture model takes into consideration load history, temperature, Poisson’s effect

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Completing the Well, November/December

The fracture equation used in the oil and gas industry is derived from the Kirsch equation for the hoop stress. Due to its simplicity, it is almost exclusively used for prediction of fracture initiation pressures. However, it is not useful for analysis of load history…

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NOPSA: Operators must rigorously apply existing asset integrity management techniques

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, November/December

Preliminary findings generated from an ongoing national programme of inspection of offshore topsides petroleum process equipment being conducted by the Australian offshore safety regulator suggest there are lessons yet to be learned by the industry in managing asset integrity, but they are not new lessons…

New generation of solid expandable liners help give operators a jump on trouble zones

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, November/December

Since solid expandable technology has gained credibility as an effective contingency option, end users now realize that by including them as an enabling tool in the basis of design (BOD), significant well construction dollars can be saved in mitigating drilling hazards…

Many factors are involved to properly size mud gas separator, or gas buster, systems

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, November/December

A Mud Gas Separator (MGS), or gas buster, is common on most drilling rigs throughout the world. The MGS is used to separate wellbore gas from the drilling fluid while circulating out a kick or circulating any gas present in drilling fluids during drilling or workover operations…

To avoid well control events, 21st-century drilling teams must recognize, repair system instability

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Well control deals with the detection of hydrostatic instability within the wellbore. The success of well control rests on three actions…

Increased energy demand in Abu Dhabi has companies local and foreign boosting activities

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, November/December

Abu Dhabi, rich in oil and gas reserves and one of the world’s leading producers of hydrocarbons, has emerged as a microcosm of an industry that is hustling to ramp up production in response to rising oil prices…

Swellable packers provide breakthrough in Saudi Arabian horizontal slim-hole well

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, November/December

A mature well in a carbonate reservoir in Saudi Arabia was no longer producing and was sidetracked in a workover operation to regain production…

Simplifying MPD: Historical, manual methods to control annular pressure can be effective

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) has gained widespread popularity and a great deal of media coverage in recent years…

2009 chairman profile: Maersk Drilling’s Claus Hemmingsen

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

In 1981, Claus V Hemmingsen, born and raised just outside of Copenhagen, was fresh out of high school and had no inkling what he wanted to do or where to begin his career…

Chairman’s editorial

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

As I write this editorial, we are in the midst of the biggest one-week stock market melt-down since the Great Depression…

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