Archive | 2011

Stick-slip workshop highlights mitigation technologies, needs

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article presents the results from a workshop on stick-slip mitigation held in Houston on 15 July 2010…

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Remote workflows put digital resources to work to reduce NPT

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

One of the biggest economic challenges for an operator when drilling a well is to reduce nonproductive time (NPT)…

Longer, deviated wells push drill pipe limits

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Drill pipe technical performance is rarely the starting point for well planning – engineers expect that drill pipe will handle the challenges, loads and environments that it…

Sand control case histories: Shape memory polymers, resins, shunt tubes

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

Sand, a familiar adversary for drilling and completion engineers, continues to present a major obstacle to well production. It erodes hardware, blocks tubulars, creates downhole cavities and must be removed and disposed of…

Managing kick/loss cycles in East Java

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Dealing with extreme kick/loss cycles is a given in the vuggy, fractured limestone of East Java’s Kujung formation. The difficult drilling is further complicated by reservoir gas with…

2-in-1 bit: Dual cutting structure boosts ROP

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Drilling at a high penetration rate while maintaining durability to complete abrasive sand sections in the Riverside field of Pinedale, Wyo., has been a challenge…

We’ve only just begun…

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

As we approach the first anniversary of the Macondo tragedy, the drilling industry remains far from back to normal. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued the first deepwater…

Wirelines

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

Ensco won a motion for a preliminary injunction in mid-February against the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), which has been ordered to take action on five of Ensco’s pending…

Drilling and Completion News

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, March/April

Seadrill has signed a three-year contract with Chevron Thailand E&P for the T-12 tender rig, with a two-year option period. The contract is expected to commence in Q2 this year. T-12 will be the fifth such unit operating for Chevron…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, March/April

A 40-stage open-hole completion has been successfully installed in the Williston Basin by Baker Hughes for Whiting Petroleum Corp, marking the most number of stages performed in a single lateral frac sleeve/packer…

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