Archive | 2013

Setting industry standards

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The IADC Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) project is nearing completion. With a database comprising core competencies for more than 70 rig-based positions, the IADC KSAs provide a tool for the industry to demonstrate their personnel’s qualifications…

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Integrating learning, operations

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Noble Corporation has launched a new facility in Sugar Land, Texas, that offers state-of-the-art simulator and classroom training, as well as space…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 28 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackups. The rig is contracted to work…

Natural gas drilling, fracturing moves industry toward self-sustainability

Posted on 09 October 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Exclusive Video, News, September/October

In the next three to five years, 50% to 75% of frac pumps in North America will be powered by natural gas…

New proppant targets high-stress, deepwater wells

Posted on 09 October 2013 in Completing the Well, News, Onshore Advances, September/October

CARBO Ceramics introduced its KRYPTOSPHERE ultra-conductive, ultra-high strength proppant technology …

IADC ISP: 2012 LTI rate hits record low; 22 fatalities reported

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

The drilling industry’s worldwide lost-time incident (LTI) rate reached a record low of 0.26 in 2012, a 24% improvement over the 2011 rate of 0.34…

Bit of best fit

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, July/August, Onshore Advances

When TOTAL E&P UK drilled an exploratory well last year in the remote Tomintoul field, located west of the Shetland Islands, the event marked a milestone in the company’s quest to access the potential reservoir in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean…

Dropped blocks: OMV gets to root causes, zeros in on prevention

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Over the past years, OMV E&P has experienced several incidents in its drilling and workover activities related to dropped blocks…

Design for control, guarantee containment

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, July/August

Leo Tolstoy once wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” When it comes to well control, however, Chevron is not waiting around. With a global well control initiative that will…

Flying high

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Despite its perception as a mature market, Europe continues to yield valuable finds for those prepared to invest in new technologies and have a knack for capitalizing on smaller-prize discoveries…

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