Archive | 2009

Drilling Ahead: IADC Advanced Rig Tech group ‘imagines’ end to downtime

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Ah, yes, you may call me a dreamer. But – with apologies to John Lennon – the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee is doing everything it can in its small way to approach this reality…

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D&C News

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Tullow Oil announced that the Tweneboa-1 exploration well, in the Deepwater Tano licence offshore Ghana, has discovered a significant highly pressured, light hydrocarbon accumulation…

D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Helix Energy Solutions Group recently completed installation of drilling equipment on its MODU Q4000 multi-service vessel, equipped with a DP-3 system…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Apache chairman and CEO G Steven Farris has formed an office of the chief executive with three executives reporting to him: Roger B Plank, CFO since 1997…

Perspectives: David Reid, National Oilwell Varco

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

In what David Reid calls the “inventing/creating world” in his head, there are definitive ideas about how things should be and strong opinions about right and wrong…

Oman training center supports safety, operational goals

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The Nabors International Oman Training Center (OTC) in Muscat, which began operating 12 years ago, originally trained rig mechanics and electricians…

Innovations in MWD/LWD and drill pipe technologies address key operator concerns and needs, put previously impossible wells into reach

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Operators ask for a lot in their logging-while-drilling (LWD) and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools. And why shouldn’t they, considering the sizable chunks these services can chew off of a budget?

Case study: Hostile-environment LWD allows efficient oil recovery in HPHT field

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In the deep, high-pressure, high-temperature wells in the Villafortuna/Trecate field in northern Italy, LWD was planned to enable continuous correlation for casing and coring points…

New litho neutron density tool features shorter length, wireless capability

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Aside from the GeoTap IDS, two new tools have been added to the InSite suite of technologies from Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling Services…

Acoustic telemetry, with multiple nodes in drillstring, used to achieve distributed MWD

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Unattended acoustic telemetry in real-time drilling environments can now include multiple nodes in the drillstring. We utilize a primary tool near the drill bit that transmits telemetry and sensor/directional information with one or more acoustic transponding devices at other sites along the drillstring, these incorporating both the primary signal and additional information from their own local sensors…

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