Archive | 2009

Snubbing power tong could be cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety

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

In oil and gas recovery operations, tubular members are usually run or pulled using a workover rig or a snubbing unit. Workover rigs are basically small…

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Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is often used to drill formations that have a narrow window between formation pore pressure and fracture pressure.

Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

Monobore wellbore design: Bangladesh exploration program highlights pros, cons

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

“Monobore” describes A well where the diameter of the production conduit is uniform from the reservoir to surface. The simplest form of monobore is a string…

Pushing for innovations in a risk-averse industry

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, September/October

For many petroleum engineers who end up building their careers on the drilling side of the business, one common theme often appears: Production is boring.

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, September/October

Transocean announced that Steven L Newman has been chosen to succeed Robert L Long as the company’s chief executive officer upon Mr Long’s…

Pride underscores training, safety commitment with new facility in France featuring rig, test well

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Pride International’s commitment to training runs deep, a company culture in a land where learning runs back through the centuries. In the land…

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