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From the 2009 chairman IADC taking the lead towards ambitious environmental performance, awareness

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

We are now well into 2009. So far, this year has been a bumpy ride. Slump in demand due to decreasing prices and anxiety for the future characterise the current market situation…

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Condition-based maintenance holds potential for improving equipment reliability, performance

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

In this article, Karl Faller, president of TI-Data, discusses an equipment maintenance system used extensively in other industries. While its applications in the drilling industry…

Industry’s global nature means culture, language, regional laws are relevant in QHSE reporting

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Have you reviewed your accident investigation policy recently? Probably not. Or maybe you know it by heart. Perhaps you wrote it or contributed amendments to it…

Low-emissions generator uses catalyst system to reduce NOx, meet regulatory standards

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Standards are a part of our complicated world – ASTM, ANSI, ISO, BS, DIN, SAE, SPE, API, EPA, CARB are just a few acronyms in the alphabet soup of standards…

Can UBD flaring reduce global CO2 emissions?

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

One of the perceived blockers for underbalanced drilling (UBD) operations is the necessity for flaring gas in most operations. As the world becomes more aware of the impact…

People and the environment: Operator implements system to manage fluids selection

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Products and substances providing a common health, environmental and technical functional excellence are only achieved today after challenge. The challenge includes…

Drilling industry must amp up environmental culture to match exceptional safety culture

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

When I look at where our industry is today, I take great pride in acknowledging the many challenges we have overcome and the milestones we have achieved. Working together…

Innovations filling in technology gaps in deepwater Gulf of Mexico completions

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Features, May/June

With its wealth of resources, the Gulf of Mexico holds great promise for oil and gas operators as they push the envelope to tap deeply buried hydrocarbons. But those deep…

Shallow water discoveries gaining importance, add to offshore Brazil

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

One of the most authoritative watchers of the Brazilian offshore industry is Mauro Andrade, Rio de Janeiro-based petroleum analyst for Deloitte. While deepwater, ultra-deepwater…

Despite global recession, Petrobras pushes ahead to develop prized pre-salt discoveries

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

Petrobras is pushing ahead with an aggressive $174 billion, five-year investment plan through 2013, of which by far the largest chunk – $104.6 billion – will go to exploration and production.

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