Archive | 2010

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…

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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…

Asia Pacific jackup, tender markets on the mend: Activities picking up, but no boom yet

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

Like most of the rest of the world, the Asia Pacific drilling market has had it rough since the global recession began. Discretionary expenditures at many oil companies were hammered, leading to the cancellation or delay of many…

US Shales: 6,000 Tcf from Sea to Shining Sea Building a boom on $3.75 gas

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Features, May/June, Onshore Advances

It’s being called everything from a game changer to the new gold rush. Armed with new technologies for tapping unconventional resources, energy companies are pushing the envelope to chase plentiful and increasingly recoverable…

70th Anniversary Retrospective

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

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…

Generations: Past & Future Leaders

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

IADC is celebrating its 70th anniversary by comparing and contrasting the perspectives of industry veterans with the newer professionals who are transitioning into the industry’s hierarchy…

From the President: Dr Lee Hunt

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

To the surprise of the US offshore drilling industry, the Obama administration announced that it will potentially open areas in the mid- and south Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and parts of Alaska to offshore drilling…

Abrasive formations, shale wells drive new bit designs for hard-rock, high-temperature drilling

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

With the growth of the North American shale plays, it’s not surprising that bit companies are aggressively working to meet the challenges of drilling in the these plays, with new designs or…

Wirelines

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

Speaking at a diplomatic meeting in early March in Lagos, US ambassador to Nigeria Robin Sanders took up an industry cause and cautioned the Nigerian government against an “unrealistic timeline” in its local content bill…

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