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Drilling Ahead: Want good news? Don’t read this column!

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

“It’s not my job to give you good news,” declared spunky Susan Mackenzie, head of the Energy Division of the UK Health & Safety Executive. When Ms Mackenzie began…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

KCA Deutag’s land division has been awarded a contract worth more than $90 million by Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, for the supply of two arctic cluster…

Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

IADC launches KSA Competencies Program online database

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC officially kicked off its Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Competencies Program at IADC World Drilling 2014 in Vienna in June. The goal of the project is to ensure…

Downhole shakeup

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Rumblings, from surface to TD, are omnipresent throughout a drilling operation. From long-reach horizontal wells onshore the US to the deepest offshore wells around the world, shock and vibration takes…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Maersk Drilling has placed an order with GE Oil & Gas for the industry’s first 20,000-psi rated deepwater BOP and riser systems. The order, which is subject to a final investment…

Q&A’s with UK, Norwegian regulators

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As head of the UK Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division, what goals do you have for the coming years? Susan Mackenzie: The health and safety priorities for the…

Expandable liner gets deepwater well to TD past 3 sand zones

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Deep and ultra-deepwater exploration activities continue to set records as new wells are drilled in deeper waters and in more complex reservoirs. At the same time, the…

Front-loaded approach to well control stresses planning, prevention

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice still resonates today, even in 10,000-ft laterals and subsea wells a mile or more beneath…

IADC ISP: LTI rate holds steady in 2013, TRIR down by 8%

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The global drilling industry saw its lost-time incidence (LTI) rate and its number of fatalities unchanged from 2012 to 2013, at 0.26 and 22 fatalities, respectively. Improvements…

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