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Design criteria, planning critical for successful deepwater well testing in HPHT developments

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

Conditions in deepwater environments have required operators and service companies to resolve many major challenges to well completion. And because these…

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Micro-flux control, E-CD continuous circulation valves allow operator to reach HPHT reservoirs

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

Many times, wells drilled in challenging environments encounter high costs, their targets aren’t reached, and they often end up being abandoned. HPHT wells fall…

Staying afloat in the perfect storm: how offshore drillers are adjusting to changing environment

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

The players in the offshore drilling market are still adjusting to the dramatic changes of the past nine months. The interrelated global recession, credit crunch, decline in…

In Gulf of Mexico, deepwater and Shelf markets face disparate futures

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Features, May/June

The disparity between the US Gulf of Mexico Shelf and deepwater rig markets continues to widen. Earlier this year, the jackup market reached its lowest level in 33 years…

Technology briefs: Land drilling innovations

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

HongHua America is offering its Fast Moving 1300HP AC VFD rig to companies looking to replace older rigs with advanced technologies, according to the company…

New-Concept land rig design based on parallel operations

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, May/June

The drilling industry hasn’t seen paradigm shifts in surface equipment in recent years. Driving up to a land rig today can be virtually the same experience it was 30 years ago…

US Land drillers wait out the painful market slump, hopeful of strong recovery

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Features, May/June

It’s certainly no secret that US land drillers aren’t having a great year. There are a lot of bad news out there – natural gas prices down to around $3/Mcf…

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