Archive | 2009

Deep Gulf of Mexico completions push equipment to their limits – and maybe beyond

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Features, September/October

As the Region moves into production phase, operators are taking careful steps to find and fill equipment gaps.

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Kuwait, Oman boost Middle East drilling activity with deep drilling, steam flood projects

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

While the Middle East region hasn’t been affected by the global financial crisis as much as other areas, it still is not immune to downturns in the oil and gas…

Market is way down, but North Sea companies are already warming up for the rebound

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

A year ago, with oil prices headed towards $150 a barrel, upstream petroleum appeared to be bucking the slide toward global recession that basically started…

Riser, subsea innovations push technical capabilities to new heights, but the work is never finished

Posted on 03 July 2009 in 2009, Features, July/August

When it comes to innovation, this industry is always hungry for more: deeper, faster, higher pressure, higher temperature, stronger, cheaper, smaller…

Perspectives: Expansion taking shape steadily but strongly

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

Jindal Drilling & Industries, part of Jindal Group, one of India’s largest business houses, is brewing and implementing ambitious growth plans – newbuild jackups, deepwater drilling…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

Pacific Drilling announced that Cees Van Diemen has joined the company as vice president of operations and that Paul Linkin has accepted the role of vice president QHSE…

HSE Corner: Aker facility features 3D simulator for realistic training

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

It’s easy to find manufacturers willing to sell you their equipment, but it’s oftentimes harder to find manufacturers willing to invest in a high-tech training facility that will provide…

D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

At its Perdido Development, Shell recently completed the installation of the drilling and production platform atop a 555-ft cylindrical spar floating in about 8,000 ft of water…

D&C News

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

StatoilHydro has acquired a 40% stake in 50 blocks from BHP Billiton in the frontier DeSoto Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico. “DeSoto Canyon is a mostly unexplored region…

Drilling Ahead: When the recovery? Curmudgeon Pessimist or Unrepentant Optimist?

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

This is a tough old industry, with more than its share of ups and downs – particularly the downs, which historically have wielded an iron upper hand. One of the recurring wonders…

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