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A.J. Guiteau, Diamond Offshore: Believe in the value of training, provide quality learning

By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor A.J. Guiteau doesn’t know why, but he’s always liked education. He liked going to school and learning, so much that he earned an adult education degree from the College of Santa Fe in 1969 and then went back to high school as a teacher. But being a high school teacher didn’t turn out quite “satisfying” enough, so he took a break, returned to his hometown of New Orleans, La., and worked in the construction business. It wasn’t long before he realized that “residential construction wasn’t it.” In 1976, he heard about “a fledgling company” called Odeco, which “had a good reputation in New Orleans as a company that was growing,” he recalled. It was ...

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People, Companies & Products

Anticipating international growth, Abbot names new CEO Holger Temmen has been named chief executive officer of Abbot Group and the KCA DEUTAG group of companies. This is a new position created in anticipation of international growth and follows the takeover of Abbot Group by US private equity firm First Reserve in March. Alasdair Locke remains executive chairman of Abbot Group. The company plans to double the size of the business in the next few years through organized growth and acquisition, Mr Locke said. Mr Temmen joined the DEUTAG group of companies in 1990 as a financial controller. In 2000 he became managing director of DEUTAG Europe. Following the acquisition of DEUTAG by KCA in 2001, he took over responsibility for ...

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CNPC tours Diamond Offshore training facility

Representatives from China National Petroleum Offshore Engineering (CNPOE), a subgroup of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), received a tour and demonstrations of state-of-the-art training equipment and simulators at Diamond Offshore’s Houston training facility in late March. A.J. Guiteau, corporate manager of training and development for Diamond, first led a discussion of the company’s training initiatives, including its well control, stability and dynamic positioning courses, and related issues such as mooring standards, storm preparation processes, deepwater well control and safety, and its corporate safety management system GEMS. Diamond delivers in-house WellCAP-accredited well control training to nearly 600 employees worldwide and stability training to 400 marine and drilling personnel. The company anticipates the stability and ballast control course to gain IADC accreditation ...

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D&C Tech Digest

FMC Technologies’ Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree (EVDT) is a slimbore subsea completion system designed to provide large-bore system capabilities. It can accommodate 7-in. tubing completions and pressures up to 15,000 psi within a 13 5/8-in. BOP stack. Among other features, it allows ultra-deepwater completions to be performed from a small drilling rig containing the surface BOP. Versabuild’s heavy lift system, nicknamed “Bottom Feeder,” recently retrieved six hurricane-toppled platform topsides from the seabed. Each of the eight-leg topsides was retrieved as single lifts, with peak lift weights of up to 1,600 tons. This approach results in reduced personnel exposure offshore and is extremely cost-effective. INTEQ’s MagTrak is a LWD tool that provides a comprehensive range of magnetic resonance answer products, including ...

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D&C News

StatoilHydro awards 5-year contract to Aker Drilling rig StatoilHydro has awarded a five-year contract to Aker Drilling’s Aker Spitsbergen for drilling operations in the Norwegian Sea. The contract was originally awarded in December 2006, but StatoilHydro has had until now to decide the length of the fixed part of the contract, beyond a minimum period of three years. It was important to be awarded this contract for Aker’s first drilling unit, said Geir Sjøberg, Aker president and CEO. Value of the contract is estimated at approximately US $970 million. The Aker Spitsbergen, an Aker sixth-generation rig, will be used for drilling assignment at Halten Nordland in the Norwegian Sea. It is designed for the Norwegian continental shelf, where deep waters ...

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A New ‘Golden Age’ for R&D

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher Back in the day, as a wet-between-the-ears engineer clutching a freshly minted diploma, I joined the illustrious deep-think research arm of a major oil company, my entrée into the oil patch. Fascinating work, but, compared to my brilliant fellows, I was something of a dim bulb. I concluded I did not need to be reminded of my inadequacies on the job. Being a married man, I had a wife for that. Those days in the early 1980s was, broadly speaking, the beginning of the end for operator-funded research, and the end of the beginning for service companies to shoulder the work. After the Great Crash of 1986, oil companies largely pulled the plug on ...

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News Cuttings

KCA DEUTAG director Claus Chur named Contractor of the Year IADC has named Claus Chur, KCA DEUTAG director technical services, as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year,” Mr Chur said in accepting the award. “I am particularly proud of this award, being only the second European to have received it. And I want to take this opportunity to praise IADC president Dr Lee Hunt for developing IADC into a truly international organization.” The Contractor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award in the drilling industry, and the recipient is selected by IADC’s leadership for career contributions to the association and the drilling ...

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Wirelines

Indonesia tax scheme raises concern IADC has written the Indonesian director general of tax to urge the consistent application of Indonesia’s “deemed profits” regime for offshore drilling contractors. Over many years, IADC has worked with the Indonesian government to establish a reliable taxation system for its members operating in Indonesia. As recently as 2005, an IADC delegation went to Jakarta to update that regime, which was successfully completed. A recent audit of an IADC member company raises concerns that regulatory authorities may not be observing settled agreements with IADC on the tax regime. IADC senior vice president – government affairs Brian Petty has written to support contractors’ position, emphasizing the importance of the long-standing agreement between IADC and the Tax ...

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Responsibility, not regulations, will guide industry to enhanced HSE performance

By Magne Ognedal, director-general, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) The solution to problems in the petroleum industry is not new regulations but enhancing the responsibility of the players. That view underpins Norway’s regulatory approach to offshore health, safety and the environment. It also means that a fundamental understanding of the factors that influence risk, including technical integrity and barriers, is essential in every part of the industry. The report on the Texas City disaster is thought-provoking in that respect. Company management, above all, must be aware of and knowledgeable about factors that enhance risk. Focusing on statistics of personal injuries and undesirable incidents alone is a waste of time in seeking to avoid major accidents. Regrettably, we constantly see irrelevant ...

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Drilling Engineering Assocation opens opportunities to take part in cutting-edge technology research

Continuing research efforts into technologies that can help the industry drill increasingly difficult wells, the Drilling Engineering Association held its first quarter 2008 meeting on 27 March in Houston. DEA provides opportunities for researchers to present their ideas and work to the drilling industry. In turn, operators, contractors and service companies get the chance to learn about and invest in potentially beneficial technologies through joint industry projects. Among the ongoing JIPs discussed at the first quarter meeting were: Shoulder/thread verifier system (DEA 160), presented by Raymond J Dishaw, Global Systems Inc; Project to Develop an Improved Methodology for Wellbore Stability Prediction (DEA 161), by William Standifird, Knowledge Systems Inc; and DeepTrek JIP for Advancing Deep, Hard Rock Drilling Performance Through ...

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