Archive | January/February

DGD brings operations in tune with nature

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

On the technology side, I’m very focused on deepwater, and specifically dual gradient drilling (DGD). I work in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), where we are drilling challenging wells…

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Dayrates, shortage of skilled labor challenge international market

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

Low dayrates in the international land drilling market continue to be challenging. The international land drilling contractor business, including the Middle East…

On US land, rigs have made great strides; safety must follow

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

For us, it’s improving personal and process safety across our North American shale business up to the same standards as in our offshore business…

Industry must train to build competency, not for compliance

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

There’s a huge problem with human resources. If you look at the number of rigs that will be coming out, and they’re all going to be high-tech and deepwater…

Bit to surface models to enhance fit-for-purpose solutions, performance

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

For Schlumberger, in particular, it is HSE on the wellsite and in our operations, as well as driving. The industry in general has progressed substantially…

Frontier, HPHT wells call for going beyond industry standards

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

The first challenge we see is the availability of qualified personnel. TOTAL has established a clear path of training for our personnel…

Subsea automation on path for closed-loop controls, intelligence

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

Our challenges are driving value for oil companies, and there are three main drivers. One is reserves. Anything that can enable an oil company to either create or find…

Changing the game: MPD provides edge in high-cost deepwater

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

In my opinion, managed pressure drilling (MPD) is probably the single biggest technology out there that I would call a game changer, in the same way that…

Deepwater integrity: Safety must keep pace with activity growth

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, January/February

Regarding process safety in wells and homing in on well control, there are a lot of areas where we are making progress and improvements. It means continually…

Deeper waters, LNG prospects gain momentum

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Asia Pacific is stepping out of its comfort zone. Long a region with plenty of shallow, easy-to-tap conventional resources, the market has begun a transition, shifting focus to more complex and risky ventures such as deepwater, high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs and…

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