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Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

IADC to support Noble court appeal IADC has agreed to file an amicus curiae brief at the Texas Supreme Court in support of Noble Drilling Inc. The company is appealing a decision holding that an offshore worker is entitled to Jones Act compensation for injuries allegedly sustained by the company’s failure to follow the operator’s […]

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IADC tackles key challenges of safety, people and environment in these interesting times

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

By John Lindsay, 2008 IADC Chairman I am honored to serve as 2008 chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors. It is all the more exciting to chair IADC in such exciting times for our business. Today’s oil and gas industry operates at a breakneck cycle and represents a long-awaited upturn in our business. […]

Petrobras program a ‘road map’ for optimizing well construction performance

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

Petrobras’ ambitious PROPOÇO a ‘road map’ for optimizing well construction performance By Wajid Rasheed, contributing editor Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are routinely used by oil companies to measure operational performance. In drilling, for example, a common indicator is a depth vs days curve, in which specific well construction events are plotted against the duration or […]

Challenging ultra-deepwater frontiers beckon for well construction, completion technology

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Deeper, more deviated wells push development of smart drill stem rotary shouldered connections

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Underbalanced drilling of oil wells in Saudi Arabia: case history and lessons learned

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Theme of this year’s conference is ‘Sustainable Strategies for Today’s Realities’

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Updated ANZI standards require industry to use stronger fall protection equipment

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Innovative casing drive system may help improve safety for crews working from heights

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

Baker Oil Tools uses ‘whole-body’ learning to accelerate HSE training, improve retention

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

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 […]

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