Archive | 2010

Development of 2.5 million-lb landing string stretches limits of manufacturing capabilities

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

Deepwater and ultra-deepwater well designs continue to drive the requirement for higher tension-capacity landing strings. Water depth and total depth are increasing…

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Through-tubing rotary drilling intervention system coaxes more oil from aged reservoirs

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

In areas of the world where the biggest oil and gas discoveries are already drilled and producing, the push continues for increased oil recovery (IOR) efforts…

New deepwater riserless mud recovery system opens door to deepwater dual-gradient drilling

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

This article presents the results of a large-scale field trial conducted from a deepwater semisubmersible offshore Sabah, Malaysia, in September 2008…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Departments, May/June

Edward O “Coots” Matthews, co-founder of Boots & Coots passed away 31 March. He was 86 years old. “Boots & Coots recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and we owe a…

Dual-gradient technology re-emerges for Chevron in GOM: A ‘new norm in drilling’?

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

Chevron is set to deploy the first dual-gradient drillship, the Pacific Santa Ana, in the Gulf of Mexico by summer 2011. Currently sitting in the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard…

Perspectives: Jim Nicklos, Nicklos Drilling Company

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

When asked what he remembered about the oil industry as a child, Jim Nicklos said, “There was always a water jug out there with only one cup, and for whatever reason, I don’t know why, that stuck in my mind.”

ODS-Petrodata: Jackup market oversupplied, current forecast sees 86-unit surplus by Q4 2011

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

Even when the truth is ugly, sometimes it still has to be said. For Gavin Strachan, principal with ODS-Petrodata, the ugly truth is that the worldwide jackup market is…

Technological advances enable companies to overcome challenges of drilling through salt

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, May/June

The prize: a sprawling ultra-deep – and ultra-deepwater – reservoir spanning hundreds or thousands of square miles and approaching a mile thick in places…

Ultra-deep, shallow-water gas plays drive Gulf of Mexico market for high-spec Rowan jackups

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

If you’ve compared – or are still comparing – the US Gulf of Mexico to the Dead Sea as a statement on the health of the GOM jackup market, Rowan Companies Inc may just have to beg to differ. As of late…

Special Event Coverage: 2010 Offshore Technology Conference

Posted on 28 April 2010 in 2010, Features, March/April

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection…

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