Archive | 2013

Editorial: Progress made since Piper Alpha, but industry must keep pushing for openness

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

I recently attended the incredibly moving rededication service of the Piper Alpha memorial in Aberdeen, 25 years to the day after the North Sea tragedy took the lives of 167 offshore workers…

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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…

Fixing human error

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

“It took us several weeks to complete and lots of effort, but we can now most definitively say that the root cause was categorically linked to “human error…”

People, companies and products

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, September/October

John W. Lindsay will become chief executive officer of Helmerich & Payne, effective upon the conclusion of the company’s annual stockholders meeting on 5 March 2014. He joined the company in 1987 as a drilling engineer…

Arctic regulations overview: flexibility, cooperation needed

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

The existence of comprehensive Arctic-specific regulatory regime is paramount for ensuring the safety of Arctic drilling and to lead to the successful development…

IADC bolsters on-the-ground presence in Brazil, adds Offshore Division expertise

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

As the leading authority in the drilling community, IADC has again expanded to ensure it is fully capable of advocating on behalf of member interests across the globe…

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