Archive | 2010

Ultra-large diameter bit designed for GOM salt sections through cutting-structure solutions

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Salt formations present unique drilling challenges relative to other formation types of comparable compressive strength and abrasivity. Due to its properties, many…

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Using right selection criteria key to successful slim-well designs with solid expandables

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Economic factors drive every aspect of the oil and gas industry. Operators are emphatic about maximizing the production potential of past, present and future wells. The adage of…

Directional casing while drilling applied to improve high-angle top-hole drilling from producing platform

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Directional casing while Drilling (DCWD) using a rotary steerable system (RSS) or a steerable positive displacement motor (PDM) is a recent enabling technological application…

S-well profile, batch drilling, LWD systems push performance on Tullow’s fast-tracked Jubilee

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Tullow oil has interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana where two successful exploration wells, Mahogany-1 and Hyedua-1, discovered the…

Successful monobore expandable liner extension deployment saves difficult well onshore Egypt

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In May 2010, Baker Hughes and Cepsa achieved an expandable liner extension run for a difficult well onshore Egypt, marking the first successful run of the Baker…

New seismic-while-drilling systems may help operators navigate complex well paths

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since the early 2000s, the seismic-while-drilling (SWD) market has been held exclusively by one service provider. Now, the SWD landscape is about to change…

Drilling optimization enhances development of harsh-environment East Shetland fields

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

New operator in the North Sea EnQuest PLC, which acquired Petrofac Energy Developments Ltd, faced a daunting first drilling project in the northern-most reaches of the…

NPD: Norway looks to natural gas, increased exploration, EOR techniques to boost production

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Norwegian oil production may have been on the downslide since the early 2000s, but the country is confident it can make up for that decline by boosting production of…

North Sea discoveries: UK’s Tybalt, Catcher, Norway’s Draupne, Beta among hot prizes

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

These are tough times for the North Sea. Even though oil prices are reasonably buoyant, the situation for natural gas is less positive. Coupled with multiple impacts from the…

Maersk: Helping operators get the max out of modern rig fleet to be focus in 2010

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Providing another take on the Norwegian drilling market is Martin Fruergaard, Maersk Drilling vice president and chief commercial officer. He believes that the drilling market in Norway has seen only a limited…

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