Archive | 2012

Dashboard concept aims to facilitate diagnostics, decision-making on BOPs

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

As every motorist knows, a vehicle’s dashboard is an important interface that alerts the driver of real-time changes regarding certain car engine “health” metrics and alerts…

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Are we laggards in technology adoption?

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher We pride ourselves on innovation, but are actually laggards at technology adoption. “The oil and gas industry tends to have a technology adoption cycle of roughly 30 years from concept to 50% market penetration,” remarked Dustin Torkay, Seadrill, IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee vice chairman-Future Technology, adding that […]

Well depth extended in geothermal project using controlled pressure drilling

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Wells in the Kirchweidach geothermal project in Bavaria, Germany, and other offset wells in the area have faced problems such as severe mud losses and…

Analyst: Numbers show that US is drilling its way to zero net oil imports

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, May/June

Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing are working hard for the industry, and the results are paying off. According to research by Raymond James and Associates…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, May/June

FMC to supply Petrobras with subsea equipment. FMC Technologies recently signed a four-year agreement with Petrobras for the supply of pre-salt subsea equipment. FMC’s total scope of supply could…

The great migration to wet plays

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

The paradigm has shifted. US land rigs that just two years ago were at work in prolific shale gas plays are on the move, delivering an oil and liquids boom that has yet to be fully quantified…

Refining the grip on nature’s fine grains

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June

Drawing on proven methods and technologies, the latest developments in the realm of sand control strategically capitalize on and enhance what is known to work…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Latshaw Drilling Co recently added Rig 18 to its fleet. The rig is a 1,700-hp diesel-electric/SCR rig with a 500-ton AC top drive unit and is skiddable for multiwell pad drilling…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, May/June

A single Ulterra polycrystalline diamond compact bit has drilled the entire intermediate section of the Tattoo field in Northwest Canada. An 8.5-in. (216-mm) U513M drilled both the vertical and…

The water challenge

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June

As hydraulic fracturing enters a new phase in the current shale boom, the industry has learned a thing or two about the process, not the least of which is that it makes both economic and environmental sense to include the three R’s – reuse, recycle and reclaim – as part of the equation…

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