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Expandable liner hanger goes big in deep Gulf

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

When drilling offshore wells, wellbore casing strings larger than 13 5/8-in. typically are required to be “hung off” in the casing hanger at the wellhead…

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Optimization: Taking a holistic approach

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Like motherhood and apple pie, drilling optimization is one of those things that everybody loves and no one can get enough of. Across the board, operators, drilling…

RCD for DP drillship takes MPD deeper

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) recently took a big step into deepwater environments with the installation and utilization of the industry’s first rotating control device (RCD) made up…

Statoil: Automatic MPD a coming reality

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a technology that enables fast and accurate control of the pressure in the well during drilling and completion operations. This is achieved…

Tax increase hits UK North Sea sector hard

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Warp back to the first few weeks of 2011 and it looked as if Northwest Europe was set for a vintage year, so long as oil prices remained robust and there were no “left-of-field balls” to…

LWD maps path to new pay on old field

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, July/August

Today’s high oil prices, combined with new well geosteering technology, can make directional drilling a cost-effective option for revitalizing old oilfields previously…

2010 ISP reports slight rise in LTIs, fatalities

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry lost some ground in 2010 when it came to its lost-time incidence (LTI), recordable incidence and fatality rates, according to the newest…

Editorial: Center for Offshore Safety a key step for industry to embrace real change

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

In January this year, the National Commission on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill released its report along with several recommendations for changes to the oversight of offshore operations relating to both safety and protection of the environment…

IADC environmental conference spurs first-time industry dialogue with Cuba

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC achieved a safety landmark in May when it gathered industry experts and specialists from around the world, including Cuba and the Bahamas, to begin a critical dialogue on personnel and system safety in oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean…

Students get eye-opening experience at IADC Environmental Conference

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

When Stephanie Liddelow, a petroleum engineering student from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), took her seat in the conference room of the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 12 May, she did not know quite what to expect…

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