by R.R. Israel, P. D’Ambrosio, A.D. Leavitt, Schlumberger; J.M. Shaughnessey, BP America; and J. Sanclemente, Chevron North America E&P As an increasing number of 6,000-ft-plus deepwater developments come on stream in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), project economics dictate that fewer subsurface drill centers be used to develop these fields. This requires longer step-outs, pushing [...]
Is the Gulf of Mexico the dead sea? Not by long shot, judging from operator investments The US Gulf of Mexico has been called the Dead Sea more than once in the last quarter-century, and some companies are beginning to think that again – at least as far as the shelf is concerned. However, many [...]
By Taf Powell, International Regulators Forum Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series of articles to be published during 2008 that will focus on the critical issue of asset integrity. The International Regulators Forum kicks off the series in this issue, presenting findings from a three-year inspection programme. In upcoming issues, The [...]
by Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor These days, you have to look much further out in the Gulf of Mexico – past the slowly thinning jackups on the shelf – to see the region’s brightest prospects. It’s no secret that deepwater is seen as the future of the Gulf of Mexico. Significant discoveries in the [...]
By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor Dwayne McClelland is a fourth-generation oilfield worker. His father worked on the service side with Weatherford for many years, eventually owning his own company as an oilfield manufacturer’s agent. His grandfather was a driller and toolpusher in southwestern Louisiana. And more than 100 years ago, his great-grandfather ran a [...]
Weatherford awarded 2 ½-year Sakhalin contract Weatherford International has been awarded a 2 ½-year contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company for tubular running services on its Piltun-Astokhskoye-B (PA-B) processing and production platform off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia. The contract includes Weatherford’s new OverDrive casing running and drilling equipment and services for up [...]
By Bill McPherson, Noble Drilling Services Inc “I am the age-old story of the oilfield. I am third-generation oilfield who started college and made some bad decisions and ended up working the past twenty-odd years in it… I have made a good living in the oilfield, but there has always been that little something missing [...]
World’s first subsea facility to separate, inject water, sand from wellstream goes on-stream at Tordis field The world’s first complete subsea solution for separating and injecting water and sand from the wellstream is on stream and creating added value at the Tordis field, said StatoilHydro. This technology is a breakthrough for a new generation of [...]
BP makes 15th discovery in ultra-deepwater Angola block Sonangol and BP have announced the Portia oil discovery in ultra-deepwater Block 31, offshore Angola. Portia is the 15th discovery that BP has drilled in Block 31. The well is approximately 7 km north of the Titania discovery. Portia was drilled in a water depth of 2,012 [...]
Mike Killalea, group vice president & publisher Rig Automation is not only here to stay, it continues to intensify in sophistication and complexity. Mechanized rigs are increasingly common, observed Gregers Kudsk, vice president-engineering and projects for Maersk Contractors, speaking in a 5 March Plenary Session at the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Orlando, Fla. (4-6 March). [...]
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”...
05 June 2013
Julio Quintana, president and CEO for Tesco, speaks with Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott...