Archive | 2009

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…

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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.

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…

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…

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