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S-well profile, batch drilling, LWD systems push performance on Tullow’s fast-tracked Jubilee

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Tullow oil has interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana where two successful exploration wells, Mahogany-1 and Hyedua-1, discovered the…

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Successful monobore expandable liner extension deployment saves difficult well onshore Egypt

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In May 2010, Baker Hughes and Cepsa achieved an expandable liner extension run for a difficult well onshore Egypt, marking the first successful run of the Baker…

New seismic-while-drilling systems may help operators navigate complex well paths

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since the early 2000s, the seismic-while-drilling (SWD) market has been held exclusively by one service provider. Now, the SWD landscape is about to change…

Drilling optimization enhances development of harsh-environment East Shetland fields

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

New operator in the North Sea EnQuest PLC, which acquired Petrofac Energy Developments Ltd, faced a daunting first drilling project in the northern-most reaches of the…

NPD: Norway looks to natural gas, increased exploration, EOR techniques to boost production

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Norwegian oil production may have been on the downslide since the early 2000s, but the country is confident it can make up for that decline by boosting production of…

North Sea discoveries: UK’s Tybalt, Catcher, Norway’s Draupne, Beta among hot prizes

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

These are tough times for the North Sea. Even though oil prices are reasonably buoyant, the situation for natural gas is less positive. Coupled with multiple impacts from the…

Maersk: Helping operators get the max out of modern rig fleet to be focus in 2010

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Providing another take on the Norwegian drilling market is Martin Fruergaard, Maersk Drilling vice president and chief commercial officer. He believes that the drilling market in Norway has seen only a limited…

Seadrill: With Statoil active again, Norwegian market looking up for 2010

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

In the Norwegian segment of the European drilling market, Statoil is a true giant. If it stamps one foot, the whole region will shake and tumble. In late 2008, when recession hit the global economy…

IADC collaborating with members, government to get all rigs back to work in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, July/August

IADC continues to lead in the struggle for rationality in the wake of the Macondo spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. IADC is fighting to secure reasonable regulations and legislation that will protect not only the environment…

Ruling halts Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium for now, but Salazar working to reinstate it

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, July/August

Another day, another deepwater moratorium? Seems likely. Although US District Judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans issued an injunction lifting the drilling ban on 22 June, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has vowed…

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