Archive | July/August

Liner hanger systems bump up pressure ratings, load capacities

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, July/August

Following the industry’s path to deeper operations and longer laterals, liner hanger systems are amping up in terms of higher load capacities and higher-pressure ratings. However…

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Automated well control: Industry gets ready for 20,000 psi and beyond

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry continues to push the limits of its technologies in order to access deeper, hotter, higher-pressure reservoirs. As the industry moves toward drilling…

Rally in the North Sea

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Despite myriad challenges such as rising costs, mature fields and increasingly tougher regulations, the European drilling market continues to exhibit strength in terms of contract backlogs, rig utilization and a general feeling of…

Risk-informed decisions allow realization of rigs’ inherent reliability

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, July/August

Drilling rig operation, maintenance and management involves fast turnaround and high-pressure work with critical tasks. These tasks are performed by diversely skilled personnel…

Ensuring reliability, and proving it

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

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

Real-time drilling service halts twist-offs in Wolfcamp wells

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

An operator in the Permian Basin requested Baker Hughes to provide a real-time drilling performance service due to numerous drill string twist-offs occurring on both…

Rolling PDC cutter enhances drill bit life in Granite Wash runs

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Recent advances in diamond bonding techniques and manufacturing processes have enabled the industry to produce highly abrasion-resistant polycrystalline diamond cutters…

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…

Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

HSE&T Corner: Quantitative method can guide competency programs, determine value of assessment

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

When something goes wrong, the culprit is oftentimes the human factor – not having the right person with the right skills in the right place at the right time. “If you look…

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