Archive | 2010

Bridging the communications gap in rig automation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

IADC Drilling Control Systems subcommittee, SPE DSATS group set out to create reference roadmap to achieve full rig automation, define communication protocols needed for downhole, surface integration…

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Rig NPT: the ugly truth

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

NPT, the familiar acronym for nonproductive time, is a three-letter word, but it might as well be a four-letter word to drilling contractors and operators, considering the negative connotations that come with it. Perhaps the negativity is well deserved. NPT brings to mind money wasted, time wasted, failures…

D&C News

Posted on 07 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

Seadrill’s West Orion semisubmersible recently began operations offshore Brazil for Petrobras under a six-year contract. The rig reached Brazil from Singapore in early July and had been preparing for the start-up of operations since…

Sara Shayegi, Hess Corp Reservoir background puts new spin on drilling

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

There are two kinds of people in the world – those who want to know why and how something works, and those who don’t care “why” or “how”…

People, Companies and Products

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

Nautronix Group has appointed Rodney Eads as a non-executive board member. Mr Eads has 35 years of experience in the upstream energy business…

HSE Corner: Taking lessons in standardization, discipline from fighter pilot training to offshore drilling

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, Drilling It Safely, July/August

Our industry has come a long way in developing safe and efficient training. However, Brian “Bru” Brurud developed a new spin on the subject…

D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

ExxonMobil has completed the world’s longest extended-reach well drilled from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig, increasing the…

D&C News

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, July/August

Pride International has been awarded a one-year contract by OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA for the mid-water semisubmersible Pride Venezuela…

Suspending drilling is non-solution that will only beget more problems

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Just a few weeks ago, as I was watching TV and flipping the channel back and forth between CNN’s endless coverage of the BP oil spill and the MTV Movie Awards…

News Cuttings

Posted on 14 July 2010 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC has received reports of training providers selling counterfeit HSE Rig Pass Cards in Mexico. The IADC Accreditation and Certification Department…

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