Archive | 2014

Drilling & Completions Tech Digest

Posted on 26 January 2015 in 2015, Innovating While Drilling, January/February

BP has begun operating the world’s first robotic core-flooding system. The Core Flood Robot is the most recent addition to the operator’s program of enhanced oil recovery…

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Troubled waters

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

The ingredients for a troubled deepwater market – flattening rig demand, increasing costs and falling oil prices – have been brewing in the past year. A number of deepwater projects have been postponed, and the industry…

The other precious resource

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

What happens when a world thirsty for hydrocarbons meets a world competing for water? In the unconventionals sector, that collision of commodities is playing out across a variety of environmental and usage issues…

Fertile grounds

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

The onshore market has been a beacon for the global drilling industry, reflecting growth and improved efficiencies in the past year. This momentum is expected to guide the industry in the coming year…

Editorial: It’s been an honor to lead IADC through a year of powerful accomplishments

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I wrap up my year as Chairman of IADC. As a member of the association for more than 23 years, and with previous experience on the Executive Committee…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Departments, November/December

Drillmec has designed an automated drilling rig called AHEAD, Advanced Hydraulic Electrical Automated Driller. It reduces the rig footprint by approximately 50%…

Drilling potential abounds in Mexico, but so does uncertainty

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The tides are turning in Mexico after the government ended PEMEX’s 76-year monopoly over the country’s oil and gas market. On 20 December 2013, Mexico’s energy reform bill became a law…

Drilling Ahead: IADC workshops shed light on new EU rule

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Departments, November/December

The European Union has implemented the offshore regulatory version of Einstein’s elusive Grand Unified Theory, and IADC is there to help its members understand…

2014 operational summary: Year of delivery for IADC divisions

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The IADC Operational Integrity (OI) Division, comprising the Onshore, Offshore, Drilling and Well Servicing, QA/QC, and Accreditation and Credentialing Divisions, devoted time and expertise to promoting the interests…

Geometric evolution

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, November/December

In an industry not prone to taking leaps of faith, multilateral completions have yet to make that pivotal niche-to-mainstream transition. Instead, it has remained a slow, steady and evolving market driven by…

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