By Ivor Sinclair, Weatherford International Characterized by harsh, carbonate formations inducing high levels of stick-slip and vibration, drilling and completion work in Abu Dhabi presents a unique set of challenges. Nevertheless, the Revolution rotary steerable system (RSS) and Precision LWD have been used by a major operator in the region to successfully achieve complex drilling [...]
By Jon Ruszka, Baker Hughes INTEQ Today, operators faced with discovering and developing hydrocarbon reserves are facing more, and more extreme, challenges. Every year, reservoirs are becoming more challenging to find and exploit. Similarly, the environments in which these reservoirs are located are getting increasingly hostile – either because they are in remote areas or [...]
By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor In February 2008, when Exxon Neftegas Ltd (ENL) completed the world-record extended-reach well on Russia’s Sakhalin Island — drilled with Baker Hughes INTEQ’s AutoTrak G3.0 system — the well’s measured depth of 38,322 ft (11,680 m) stood as a testament to how far rotary steerables had come. Once an [...]
By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor While most 14-year-old boys in the ’60s spent their summers riding bikes or reading comic books, Gary Casswell spent his summer vacations on drilling rigs learning how to make hole. Thanks to his father’s job as a rig mechanic, Mr Casswell got an early start on everything from cleaning [...]
David Williams named Noble chairman, CEO, president Noble Corp announced that its Board of Directors has named David W Williams as chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Noble. William A Sears has held these offices on an interim basis since 20 September 2007. Mr Williams joined Noble in September 2006 as [...]
Commissioning of BP’s record-setting Atlantis platform completed BP announced it has completed commissioning of the Atlantis semi-submersible platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and commenced the export of oil and gas from the deepest moored floating oil and gas production facility in the world. The water depths and reservoir structure make Atlantis among the [...]
Diamond Offshore announces new drilling contracts Diamond Offshore Drilling has been awarded four drilling contracts from Petrobras. The commitments for the four semisubmersibles could generate a combined maximum total revenue of about $2.3 billion and represent 22 years of contract drilling backlog. The Ocean Worker received a six-year commitment. It is currently working in Tobago [...]
By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor TO THE AVERAGE energy consumer, the oil and gas industry probably looks like it’s sitting on top of the world with nary a dark cloud on its horizon. Oil prices are breaking record highs even as energy demand continues to grow. And all we’ve got to do is dig [...]
IADC awarded for outstanding international safety leadership The International Regulators Forum (IRF) has named IADC a recipient of the 2007 Carolita Kallaur Award for Outstanding International Safety Leadership. The award recognizes IADC’s latest contribution to improving safety in drilling operations — the IADC Health, Safety and Environmental Case Guideline. The HSE Case Guideline, introduced in [...]
John Lindsay, Chairman Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company John Lindsay is executive vice president of US and international operations for Hemlerich & Payne IDC. He assumed his current position in March 2006. Prior to this appointment, Mr Lindsay had served since 1997 as H&P vice president-US land operations. Mr Lindsay joined H&P in 1987. [...]
19 June 2013
Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling, one of the oldest and largest independent drilling contracting companies in the North Sea, unveiled its new 751-ft ultra deepwater rig...
14 June 2013
The UK oil and gas industry has achieved a 48% reduction in the number of reportable hydrocarbon releases over three years, the...
12 June 2013
Atwood Oceanics has been awarded a drilling services contract for the ultra-deepwater drillship Atwood Achiever by a subsidiary...
10 June 2013
Ensco has ordered an additional advanced-capability DP3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design. The vessel, ENSCO DS-10, will be the eighth...
07 June 2013
Industry’s ongoing efforts to bring automation to the drilling sector will progress over time as a “natural alignment”...