Archive | 2008

Personnel is acute global challenge

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Dennis Smith, Nabors Dennis Smith is director of corporate development for Nabors Industries. DC: With E&P activity at one of its highest levels worldwide, what do you consider to be the greatest obstacle that drilling contractors and other companies are facing? Smith: I think the greatest obstacle continues to be people. […]

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Raising recovery rate is industry imperative

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Vik Rao, Halliburton Vik Rao is senior vice president of technology for Halliburton. DC: What do you see as the most critical issue facing the drilling and completion industry today? Rao: I would say the biggest issue is simply meeting demand. Inability to meet demand is why prices are so high […]

Safety focus is key amid personnel shortage

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Zuhair Al Hussain, Saudi Aramco Zuhair Al Hussain is general manager, drilling & workover for Saudi Aramco. DC: From your perspective at Saudi Aramco, what do you see as the most critical issue facing the drilling & completion industry today? Al Hussain: The most critical issue is safety. Shortage in manpower, […]

High activities bring complex challenges

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Rodney Eads, Pride International RODNEY EADS IS executive vice president and chief operating officer of Pride International. Mr Eads serves as chairman of the 2008 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, 4-6 March in Orlando, Fla. DC: From your perspective at Pride International, what do you see as the most critical issue facing the […]

Experts discuss industry’s most pressing issues

Posted on 29 October 2009 in 2008, January/February

By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor The world is addicted to oil. That’s not meant to be negative, but it’s true. The world relies on hydrocarbons to go places and to get things done. Without oil or natural gas, there would be a Great Depression even more depressing than what we saw in the 1920s-30s. […]

Perspectives: On his rigs, don’t just talk about safety. Walk the talk.

Posted on 19 November 2008 in 2008, Departments, November/December

Going from Louisiana to Tunisia after graduating from Northwestern State University in 1976, Larry Holloway was excited about his first international…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 19 November 2008 in 2008, Departments, November/December

NOV Elmar has opened a new facility in Dubai, expanding its premises in the region to almost 40,000 sq ft and increasing staff to over 50…

Drilling Ahead

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Departments, November/December

Attitudes of DC readers toward anticipated oil prices have turned upside down in just six short months. A survey conducted on 1 April of subscribers to eNews from DrillingContractor.org, DC’s electronic newsletter, found that two-thirds of our discerning readers (66.2%) believed oil prices would exceed $100/bbl by 1 April 2009…

Oil’s ‘wild ride’ over for now; natural gas heads into soft

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

The days of $147 oil may not be gone forever, but don’t go looking for it to come around again anytime soon. Certainly not in 2009 anyway, analysts say…

Tight credit market could have ripple effect, but most offshore E&P regions look strong for 2009

Posted on 18 November 2008 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Most of the world’s offshore E&P regions are expected to remain strong or see increases in rig demand, particularly for deepwater and ultra-deepwater activity…

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