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Risk model simplifies BOP-pull decisions

Posted on 10 July 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

The decision-making process to pull a subsea blowout preventer (BOP) can be as complex as the tool itself…

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BP readies Houston well capping package for global deployment

Posted on 10 July 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Although BP has continued to stress prevention as the primary focal point of its well control initiatives since April 2010, the operator has not neglected work on its $50 million global deepwater well capping and tooling package…

New regional representatives join IADC to enhance membership service in Europe

Posted on 10 July 2013 in 2013, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

To more effectively represent members in Europe and the North Sea, IADC recently appointed John Boogaerdt and John Atkinson as regional representatives…

Low-cost radial jet drilling helps revitalize 40-year-old oilfield

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Upward trends in oil prices and the proliferation of new technologies are enabling operators to capitalize on new opportunities…

Depth perception

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The business of finding and producing oil and gas is all about safe and responsible recovery, reliability and return on investment. Nowhere is that mission more important than the world of subsea completions. Today’s subsea completion operations…

Permanent production packer pushes limits of ultra-HPHT wells

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

As operators continue to drill in deeper and more extreme formations, the demand for technologies to suit these environments will…

Environmentally friendly proppant technology to improve hydraulic fracturing efficiency

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Preferred Sands has launched a non-phenolic, resin-coating technology designed to be more environmentally friendly and efficient than conventional phenolic-based resins…

Automated control system integrates preventive and predictive maintenance functions

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

ntegrated Drilling Equipment (IDE) has introduced the second-generation, automated Centurion drilling control system on a new 1,500-hp AC Sparta rig…

ASTM subcommittee to develop hydraulic fracturing standards

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

ASTM International has formed a subcommittee to develop standards for hydraulic fracturing. Subcommittee D18.26, which held its first meeting in January, includes 230 volunteer…

DOI to encourage RD&D of oil shale, tar sands resources

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has finalized a plan to encourage research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on Bureau of Land Management…

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