Archive | 2010

Mexican, South American fortunes sway with the global tide

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Like many oil and gas regions of the world, and the many companies that operate in them, Mexico and many South American countries are not immune to the effects of the global economic downturn…

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Real-time geosteering software enhances data sharing, updating to optimize well placement

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The twin challenges of finding and producing hydrocarbons from increasingly complex reservoirs while meeting…

To boost drillstring life, hardbanding reapplication specs could be more critical than initial specs

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

As the drilling industry evolves to accommodate the challenges of deep-well and horizontal drilling techniques, increasing demand is…

Field tests show aluminum drill pipe can extend operating envelope for extended-reach drilling

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

One challenge for the industry is how to extend the limits of rig capacities without significantly increasing cost. A way to address this challenge is…

Dynamic load expansion bench takes new approach to expandable connections testing

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Since the industry started installing solid wall expandable liners more than a decade ago, deployment systems have advanced more…

Mono-diameter expandable drilling liner applications in deepwater – ready or not?

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Claims can be found in technical literature for using mono-diameter expandable liners in deepwater applications. In a technical review of the…

Rotary steerables: Cost, reliability still key; higher dogleg capability, downhole motor integration also on asking list

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Once upon a time, the land drilling industry dreamed of a rotary steerable system that would replace the downhole mud motor…

Managing exploration risks with trained intuition

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Susan Cunningham, Noble Energy. Risk management is what we do all the time, just by definition with exploration. My view of risk management is that it’s a disciplined process, and you can’t go by gut feeling. Gut feel is the road to…

Exclusive roundup of abstracts from 18 technical sessions

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, January/February

Technical Session: Case Studies IADC/SPE 128129 – Design Methodology and Operational Practices Eliminate Differential Sticking. Fred E Dupriest, Bill Elks, Steinar Ottesen, ExxonMobil. This paper discusses…

In GOM deepwater completions, sand control is big hitter that industry is still trying to master

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, January/February

The bounty of rich hydrocarbons that lies deep beneath the ocean floor holds great promise for an industry that is continually searching for new production frontiers. But tapping…

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