Archive | 2011

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…

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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,…

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…

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…

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…

Technology advances push greener side of fracing/Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

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…

JIP aims to minimize environmental risks, coastal impact through technology

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, May/June

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems program, managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), aims…

HPHT completions: always a moving target

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, May/June

When it comes to pushing the envelope, the oil and gas industry has set a high bar for developing technologies that can transform seemingly unfathomable hurdles…

Unique use of HSE mentality gets results

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June

“Making sure people are not harmed is how we do things in our workplaces” is the slogan consistently instilled into the minds of all personnel at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)…

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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