Archive | 2010

Concepts, misconceptions about kick tolerance

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Even though kick tolerance is a critical and fundamental concept for the drilling industry, no standard is used by all operators and drilling contractors…

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Deepwater moratorium is dead: But does Son of Moratorium still stalk the Gulf of Mexico?

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, November/December

While the Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling moratorium was lifted on 12 October, it remains unclear when drilling in water deep or shallow will return to anything like normal levels…

70th Anniversary Retrospective

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2010. In recognition of this milestone, and in anticipation of the decades ahead, DC is publishing retrospectives from issues of decades past…

Wirelines

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC met with representatives from the Washington, DC, OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs on 16 August to seek clarification on the Enforcement Policy for Flame-Resistant Clothing…

Next-generation workers: hungry for experience, eager to learn and ready to prove themselves

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December, Videos

Contrary to what some industry veterans are worried about, young professionals today are not afraid of hard work…

UKCS drilling activity projected to stay stable in 2011, though underfunded wells could be damper

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, November/December

As of late September, there had been 55 exploration & appraisal (E&A) well starts on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in 2010…

Where simple is never simple, operators aim for simplicity in deepwater, deep-well completions

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

Applying completion technology to a well for optimal production is never simple, even if the plan calls for only “basic” temperature…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, November/December

Baker Hughes has been awarded an eight-year contract extension from Repsol for the supply and maintenance of electrical submersible pumping…

2011 drilling outlook: 3 analysts, 3 takes

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, November/December

Held by production and joint venture spending in the shale basins have kept the US land rig count higher this year than you might expect, judging from natural gas prices, said James Wicklund, principal at Carlson Capital. But come 2011, industry will have to look to horizontal drilling in oily plays to keep the pace…

Digital training evolving into valuable asset for meeting challenges of skills, generation gap

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The drilling industry faces the “Big Crew Change” as a generation of experienced workers retires while improved extraction techniques demand…

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