Archive | March/April

Niobrara wells prove BHA for coiled tubing

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

A recent five-well drilling program in the Niobrara formation along the Colorado-Kansas border has demonstrated a new bottomhole assembly (BHA) for coiled-tubing drilling…

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Riser failure study IDs well control weak links

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

A rig is drilling in heavy seas and the station-keeping system fails. The rig starts to drift. The riser emergency disconnect sequence is initiated, but due to a malfunction…

Real-time mapping keeps well in reservoir

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

An operator planned to drill a horizontal production well in a field offshore Brazil where surface seismic reflection data indicated the target sand reservoirs…

People, infrastructure challenge Brazil growth

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

The offshore drilling industry has seen exponential activity growth in Brazil, and it’s all about deepwater and the pre-salt. In particularly high demand is rig equipment that can go deeper…

CT finds niches in data retrieval, plug drill-out

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, March/April

As one of the oilfield’s most flexible and versatile workhorses, coiled tubing continues to push the technology envelope with new applications in more sophisticated operations…

Self-removing EFDAs level stimulation access

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, March/April

The industry has made great strides to improve the well completion phase of today’s producing oil and gas wells. What used to be considered a unique operation has been…

Drilling Ahead: ‘Interesting times’ well met by IADC leaders

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this column, fondly and sadly bidding farewell to my longtime boss and friend Dr Lee Hunt, while welcoming with cheery anticipation his successor Stephen Colville. Lee has served this industry as IADC president since 1990, and as an IADC staffer for six years prior. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to work with Lee for more than 21 years…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, Microsites

Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre (KOMtech) and ConocoPhillips are jointly designing a first-of-its-kind “ice-worthy” jackup to operate in the Arctic seas…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, Microsites

AGR has completed its first Brazilian operations using the EC-Drill technology, which is based on the riserless mud recovery system that has been modified for use on Petrobras’ jackup wells…

HSET Corner: Shifting gears from a culture of training to a culture of competence assurance

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The introduction of new technologies, crews and regulations are affecting the way companies are approaching training and development. Competency assurance programs (CAPs) are gaining popularity and guiding a shift from a culture of training to a culture of competence. “It’s really about demonstration,” Martin Payne, technical director – Americas for Petrofac Training Services, said at the 2012 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition on 7 February in Houston. “It’s not just about going and doing training. It’s really about ‘Don’t tell me, show me.’ ”

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