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Louis Romo, BP: Finding common ground to advance deepwater well control practices

Posted on 05 November 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

For Louis Romo, segment technical authority – well control for BP, a career in the oil and gas industry was the result of a series of fortunate but…

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Study tackles industry’s shearing capabilities

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

As offshore drilling challenges increase, BOP shearing technology needs to keep pace. Recent trends include improved drill pipe metallurgical…

Expanded system to enhance MWCC containment capacity

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, November/December

In July 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon incident, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Shell committed to enhance containment capabilities in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). These companies recognized the need to be better prepared in the event of lost control and subsequent containment of a well. This led to the formation of the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), an independent organization to develop and maintain a well containment system.

Growth beneath the surface

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

US onshore rig count fell this year, but the decline in this longtime benchmark belies the sector’s underlying strength. Some analysts say the more telling numbers are well counts, footage drilled and the number of frac stages completed. “There’s been a massive separation between the key activity…

MPD opens door to new well control options in deepwater

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is recognized as a key enabling technology for drilling challenging wells. The ability to monitor and control volume…

Safety, versatility drive servicing innovations

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December, Onshore Advances

With an estimated 168 billion bbls of oil in place, the prolific oil sands of Alberta and British Columbia have been a pivotal factor in Canada’s ranking as one of the world’s top oil-rich nations. Abundant with bitumen, with a typical well producing as much as 2,500 bbl/day of oil…

Editorial: Year of change – Multitude of initiatives shows IADC stepping up to challenges

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

It is more than an understatement to say that 2013 has brought many changes to IADC. Over the course of the past year, we have stepped up to address…

Expandable cased-hole liners assist integrated casing remediations

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

After multiple cement squeezes in a well in Malaysia failed to isolate a damaged casing section, it appeared that abandonment was likely…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

In the Middle East, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) was experiencing heavy mud losses while drilling a well in an onshore carbonate reservoir…

Wirelines

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

In 2012, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed well stimulation and hydraulic fracturing regulation for federal and Indian…

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