Archive | 2011

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,…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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