Archive | 2009

A proven HSE management icon, JSAs take simple approach to keep tasks from becoming routine

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

Regardless of how many times a job is performed, it should never be considered “routine.” When a job becomes “routine,” the potential for negative consequences…

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ADCO develops high-profile HSE visits as efficient tool to demonstrate management commitment

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

As a result of the significant efforts being undertaken by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) drilling division and its contractors to…

IADC Incident Statistics Program shows industry set record-low LTI rate in ’08, but fatalities go up

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

Good news: The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 in 2008. Not-so-good news: The number of fatalities…

IADC enhances accreditation, operations initiatives to support Middle East HSE, training, drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

For more than a decade, IADC has maintained a strong presence in the Middle East. Not satisfied with past successes, however, the association and its members…

Hybrid heave drilling technology reduces emissions, operating costs for offshore drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Many electro-mechanical cyclical processes could potentially benefit from the use of an energy storage system able to absorb, store and relinquish large amounts of energy…

Direct-drive top drive designed to eliminate failures, downtime related to gearbox, motor

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The top drive has become one of the biggest breakthroughs in drilling technology since it was first commercialised in the 1970s. Its advent brought vast time…

Two-in-one rotary drilling/coiled-tubing rig enhances performance for Permian Basin wells

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Wells have been drilled in the Permian Basin since 1920 and continues today. For a drilling campaign in 2008, one producer sought to improve drilling rates…

Odfjell Drilling pursues responsible, green rigs with integrated operations, onshore support

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It cannot be denied that drilling contractors are involved in an extractive industry where it is not possible to put back what has been taken out…

Bandera Drilling pushes safety with new-generation rig

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

If Bandera Drilling had a motto for its new-generation ST-12,000 rigs, it could well be: “Nobody in the derrick, nobody on the rig floor, nobody in harm’s way.”

Industry takes cautious but sure-footed steps toward hands-free drilling, automation

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

When it comes to risk-taking, this industry seems to suffer from a case of multiple personality disorder. On the one hand, it has a tendency to be big gamblers. It’s willing to spend millions or tens of millions of dollars…

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