Archive | 2010

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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Bahrain, Abu Dhabi gear up for planned expansions; Maersk looks to smart completions for Al Shaheen

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Higher oil prices are contributing to an environment of stability in the Middle East and, in some areas, operators are seeing an increase…

Post-Macondo, legislative threats have eased up slightly, but regulatory hurdles still loom large

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

The deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was lifted by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on 12 October. But is the government truly…

European Commission urges its own moratoria; industry fights against ‘unjustified’ move

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, November/December

Even as the deepwater drilling moratorium is lifted in the US, the European Commission urged member states to consider suspending licensing of “new complex oil or gas…

Automation & dual gradient: The ‘cuttingest’ of cutting-edge tech

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

When it comes to cutting-edge technology, dual-gradient drilling (DGD) and well-construction automation are the sharpest knives in the drawer…

James Day: Industry has globalized, consolidated, but cyclical ups, downs will always remain

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

“Interest is to receive and not to pay” is an important piece of cautionary advice that James C Day, retired chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation…

Perspectives: Brett Borland, ConocoPhillips Building a career on technology innovations

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

Being in the right place at the right time can make or break a career, depending on whether you can rise up to the challenge. For Brett Borland, who in 1980 was just…

ICD completions, optimized cleanup practices maximize productivity for horizontal wells

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

When Saudi Aramco switched to oil-based mud (OBM) to drill new horizontal wells with inflow control device (ICD) completions, the operator encountered…

Section by section: Practical safety case development to make it a valuable document

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

In a number of offshore environments, a safety case is required, either by the flag or coastal state or by the operator. Rig owners will hire some suitably experienced…

Industry offering many opportunities to younger professionals, but ensuring competency is a must

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

It’s no secret that Brazil has seen a big boom in its oil industry in recent years, driven by a string of significant offshore discoveries. For the young professionals of Brazil…

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