Archive | May/June

Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The last time I had the privilege of writing an article for Drilling Contractor was in March 2009, when the offshore drilling industry was reeling from the effects of the more than 70% drop…

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Technology advances push greener side of fracing

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Hydraulic fracturing has been an area of aggressive research and development over the past several years, with operators and service companies introducing a number…

Wellbore hydraulics R&D supports evolution in Brazil’s deepwater, presalt

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Approximately 80% of Brazilian oil production comes from offshore fields. Campos Basin is the major producing area while Espirito…

Shale drilling: a well-oiled machine

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Drilling and completion technologies have helped US shale plays to gain more attention than even a few years ago. Vertical wells used to be the name of the game in some oil-rich areas such as the Niobrara shale in the Denver-Julesberg basin in parts of Colorado,…

Analysis: Global land rig demand may reach 7,300 by 2015

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

According to Douglas-Westwood analysis, total onshore drilling demand may reach a requirement for more than 7,300…

Open-hole packers may help isolate faults in multistage fracturing tight formations

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

Drilling and completion operations in faulted reservoirs present a unique set of challenges. With the advent of multistage…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Departments, May/June

COSL Drilling Europe has signed a 12-month contract for the accommodation unit COSLRigmar with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia…

Dismantling our industry, rig by rig

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

Our industry has fought the Obama Administration in the judiciary, in congress and in the media. Yet, in defiance of federal court orders and repeated bipartisan requests…

Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. Brian Petty, IADC…

Despite political strife, rise expected in Middle East drilling

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

All signs point to drilling activity increasing slightly in the Middle East oil and gas province. While activity was down in 2009 and 2010, contractors, operators and a rig yard in this region are reporting increases…

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