Archive | September/October

Optimizing drilling parameters and drill bit design boosts ROP by 37% in Algerian field

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Drilling challenges in the Hassi Messaoud (HMD) oilfield of Algeria have proven to be equal to the magnitude of its production. Historically, wells drilled…

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Despite weak spots, contractors see decent prospects in West Africa offshore Angola, Ghana

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Despite a general oversupply of offshore rigs globally that is affecting utilization and dayrates in numerous markets, the West Africa region appears to be holding its own with consistent levels of E&P activity…

JIP study on BOP reliability 2004-2006: subsea control systems were most prone to failure

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

In 2008, several industry groups created a task force to define the work scope for a joint industry project to study BOP reliability experienced for wells…

Fuel consumption, overload capacity among critical criteria in selection of generator sets

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

Modern horizontal drilling techniques used in oil and gas exploration require rugged, reliable and fuel-efficient on-site generator sets to supply electric power for the drawworks, drilling…

Alarm management: 7 practices to help drillers prioritize warnings, prevent ambiguous displays

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

Many drillers encounter thousands or tens of thousands of alarms per day – far more than recommended. When alarms are displayed at this frequency…

Modular machine control may be next step to achieving integrated drilling control system

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

I once had a machine manufacturer tell me that his customers purchased his machines when their budget allowed it. This resulted in several standalone…

Hydraulic vs electrical rig designs: pros and cons on floater heave compensation systems

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

Oil exploration today has moved into more extreme environments, forcing technological advancement in drilling equipment. Increased stringencies regarding environmental…

Wireless control systems help prevent hardwired service loop failures for moving equipment

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

Wireless control systems offer great potential for modern drilling rigs, but increased reliability and lower costs can only be achieved if changes to industry culture occur…

Remote operations centers earning keep through drilling optimization, 24/7 support, ‘remanning’

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

As with most implementations of new technology, the technology itself is rarely the biggest hurdle. It’s the people – we humans with our fears, our hard-to-break habits…

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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