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Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, July/August, News

Jackup delivered to China Oilfield Services Keppel FELS delivered the new jackup COSLSTRIKE to China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) ahead of schedule and with a clean safety record. It is the third of three KFELS B Class jackup rigs commissioned by Awilco Offshore ASA prior to COSL’s acquisition. The first two rigs were delivered in […]

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‘Biofouling’ is tip of green iceberg

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

“Biofouline” is the latest environmental hobgoblin impacting global industries and the world, but it is just the tip of the green iceberg. Biofouling is the…

News Cuttings

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC NORTH SEA CHAPTER RECOGNIZES HSE EXCELLENCE WITH ANNUAL SAFETY AWARDS Winners of the IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards were announced during a ceremony on 15 May at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Chapter chairman Steve Rae, Seawell, welcomed nearly 400 guests who joined him to recognise and celebrate the efforts of IADC […]

Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August, Onshore Advances

As interest in the Marcellus gas play intensifies, two Pennsylvania lawyers well-versed in the state’s environmental and land use planning laws have a simple…

Survey reveals contractors’ employee benefits status, highlights opportunities for improvement

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Balancing the need to control benefit plan costs and the need to provide value to employees is a challenge. In times of uncertainty, the struggle…

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.

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:

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