By Chris West, Jim Hunt, Kevin Bowen, Chevron Bangladesh; Gary Cole, Greg McEwen, M-I SWACO A combination of demanding well objectives in a remote and environmentally sensitive area prompted Chevron Bangladesh to achieve their drilling objectives by using an all-encompassing, fully integrated drilling fluid and drilling waste treatment plan for the Moulavi Bazaar (MB) and […]
By Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor Being environmentally friendly is a great catch phrase, but it doesn’t mean much if companies and people don’t take that commitment to heart. This means not only making a commitment to protect the environment by using the best resources and programs available to reduce environmental hazards but also winning the […]
Old ways may die hard, but in an era of declining, expensive and difficult-to-tap resources, new and unconventional methods of oil and gas exploration are challenging the status quo. Among innovations rising to the top of the wave is coiled tubing drilling, which, while not new, is evolving through recent advances in technology and design […]
By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor Early March saw the completion of a $2 billion deal that took the UK’s Abbot Group off the London Stock Market and into private equity ownership through First Reserve, but with chairman Alasdair Locke and his management team still firmly in command. Mr Locke is regarded as a most skilful […]
By Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor Weatherford’s newest tool in its Hostile Environment Logging (HEL) MWD system is its True Vibration Monitor (TVM) sensor, which is focused on providing pertinent downhole information to monitor bit and BHA vibration, primarily lateral and axial vibration, as well as rpm. Drilling is all about moving energy from the rig […]
By Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor Under development since 1988 and commercialized in 2003, the Schlumberger seismicVISION seismic-while-drilling service (SWD) enables operators to make seismic measurements during the drilling of the well. Operators can thus reduce uncertainty, optimize drilling decisions and improve safety. Previously, in most environments, this meant stopping the drilling process and running a […]
Compared with other sensor measurement tools such as wireline logging, logging-while-drilling (LWD) tools must stay downhole for extended periods of time and are subject to high vibration. While ratings of 25,000 psi and 350ºF may not be considered HPHT for some drilling environments, they are generally categorized as high pressure, high temperature for LWD tools, […]
The InSite Generation, being launched by Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling Services, is a new generation of LWD sensors and applications that provide deeper reading, higher resolution measurements with faster telemetry and greater reliability, said Blaine Comeaux, Sperry global marketing manager. Advanced miniaturization techniques have been used with the InSite Generation to reduce the number of components […]
By Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor Baker Hughes INTEQ’s MagTrak LWD tool provides a comprehensive range of magnetic resonance data for the operator, including formation porosity, bound and volume, free fluid volume, permeability, hydrocarbon detection and T1 and T2 distribution spectrums. Because the tool is based on magnetic resonance technology, it does not require a radioactive […]
For decades, the industry has been chasing the “look-ahead” dream – being able to see ahead of the bit as we drill. Whether that’s still an unfulfilled dream with current measurement-while-drilling (MWD), logging-while-drilling (LWD) and seismic-while-drilling (SWD) tools is up for debate. According to Schlumberger, its newest SWD tool, seismic-VISION, can send up to two […]
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...