Archive | 2014

Industry in search of better system to manage pollution compensation

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, September/October

The fallout from major pollution incidents is well known: huge volumes of claims, fights over cleanup methods, political recriminations, finger pointing…

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From the President/CEO: People at the heart of IADC initiatives to catalyze improved drilling performance

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

Momentum is building in the drilling industry around human factors. There is increasing recognition by operators and drilling contractors…

Wirelines

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop new standards for offshore containers…

SysML helps untangle software automation requirements on jackup

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

“Is the automation really making us safer?” If no one knows or can precisely describe what the automation is supposed to do…

Study: How effective are software testing methods on MOUs?

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Mobile offshore units (MOUs) are constructed using a component-based approach. This reduces the price to the vessel owner but obscures the quality status…

Industry eager for repeat of Brazil pre-salt boom offshore Angola

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Angola’s very first oil event dates back to the late 1700s when the Portuguese colonialists discovered oil seeps and asphalt deposits at Libongos near Caxito…

Solids control seeks balance of size, capacity

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The technologies that are taking hydrocarbon recovery into new frontiers are rippling through the industry, surface to downhole. When it comes to solids control, effects are being felt from faster, more efficient rigs; intense, pad drilling campaigns; improved fluid designs; and dual-gradient drilling…

Automation, software, mobility lead advances in drilling packages

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The drilling industry is on the cusp of big changes, with improved automation packages and new equipment designs emerging from manufacturers…

News Cuttings

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

After more than 14 years with IADC and a career spanning 42 years, Joe Hurt, Vice President of IADC’s Onshore Division, will retire…

D&C News

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Departments, September/October

Bauer Deep Drilling (BDD), a rig equipment manufacturer based in Germany, recently began testing the highly automated PR440M2 rig. Its control system has an OPC UA interface…

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Recent Drilling News

  • 22 October 2014

    Shell discovers gas in pre-salt reservoir offshore Gabon

    Shell announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 m net gas pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Statoil proves new oil resources near Grane field in North Sea

    Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation. The estimated volume of the discovery…

  • 21 October 2014

    IADC Cybersecurity Task Group to provide industry guidance to assess risks

    The oil and gas industry is not immune to cybersecurity threats, from computer viruses and malware to targeted attacks. The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee…

  • 21 October 2014

    Check-6 launches RIGOR digital checklist and compliance system

    Check-6 has launched RIGOR, a checklist-based mobile app to help simplify complex procedures and mitigate human error on the rig. Taking lessons from the aviation industry…

  • 21 October 2014

    Video: Next IADC Land Contract update to start in 2016

    The latest version of the IADC Land Contract was released in November 2013. Various incidents, including Macondo, delayed the release. “It’s an industry contract…

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