Archive | 2011

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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People, Companies & Products

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

J Kent Wells will become president and CEO of MDU Resources Group’s natural gas and oil production business, Fidelity E&P…

Plume modeling study quantifies risk of H2S release in exploration drilling

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

With the increasing likelihood of exploration wells being located near population centers in the Middle East and elsewhere, an evaluation of the risk of an uncontrolled release of toxic gas reaching such a settlement needs to be quantified…

News Cuttings

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

The IADC Contracts Committee has begun a thorough review of the IADC Offshore Daywork Drilling Contract – US in view of new regulatory requirements and operating practices in the Gulf of Mexico…

Wirelines

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

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to require all motor carriers that are currently required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS) for Hours of Service (HOS) recordkeeping…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

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

Transocean’s ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 ft while working for Reliance Industries offshore India…

Perspectives

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

In an industry in which technology innovation is paramount, Dr Kristin Falk fits right in. “Developing new technologies and applying them in the field is my passion,…

A year after Macondo: the New World of drilling

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

“Much more stringent regulations and a more lengthy permit time – those are foregone conclusions. That’s part of the new normal … and the new normal won’t look anything like the old normal,” Gary Luquette, president of Chevron North America E&P, said…

Kids find joy in oil and gas

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

“I never knew my Barbie came from petroleum,” the little girl wrote in amazed wonder. Likewise, the little boy…

Tide is turning on offshore drilling: Drilling contractors prepare for anticipated rise in activity, dayrates with newbuild orders

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

The tide is turning for offshore drilling. An outlook that six months ago was on a flat-to-downward trajectory is showing what many in the industry believe…

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