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Performance drilling – definition, benchmarking, performance qualifiers, efficiency and value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Drilling programs continue to be pushed into harder and more abrasive formations while directional drilling activities have become more complex.

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New liquid microsphere design simplifies HPL cementing, enhances density flexibility

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, July/August

As wells become increasingly complex, so do the cementing solutions required to support the casing strings and reliably isolate pay zones for long-term…

Beyond bumping the plug: Wyoming project improves cementing by measuring real value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, July/August, Onshore Advances

Although cementing costs typically represent less than 10% of total planned wells costs for US onshore operations, failure to get good zonal isolation…

Relief well case study: Modified drillers method used as intervention alternative to bullheading

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

This article summarizes the innovative use of a relief well as a cost-effective and safe alternative for a non-blowout well control intervention.

Well control faces new complexities with deep, HPHT, horizontal, deepwater, multiwell drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

There have been many advances in the drilling industry in the last 20 years. What was once the exotic has now become routine. Some examples are:

Snubbing power tong could be cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

In oil and gas recovery operations, tubular members are usually run or pulled using a workover rig or a snubbing unit. Workover rigs are basically small…

Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is often used to drill formations that have a narrow window between formation pore pressure and fracture pressure.

Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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