Archive | March/April

Dual-gradient system ensures quality cement job in North Sea well

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Offshore formations characterized by weakness, shallow-gas hazards, porous sand and other issues present challenges that can result in lost time, cost increases and even…

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OMV deploys first continuous circulation system in northern Iraq

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances

Exploration wells drilled in the southern flank of the Zagros Range Fold Belt in northern Iraq are subject to major fluid losses. The limestones and dolomitic limestones…

Drilling & Completions Tech Digest

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, March/April

Chevron Energy Technology Co and GE Oil & Gas have created the Chevron GE Technology Alliance, which will develop and commercialize technologies to solve critical issues…

Drilling Ahead: When bad things happen to good teams

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Why do bad things happen to teams with stellar safety histories? Why is it that a rig can go along for years with outstanding HSE metrics, then one day, seemingly out of the…

Integrated sand control modeling aids GOM multizone frac-pack

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

In sandstone reservoirs, sand control is especially vital. Unexpected sand production can lead to erosion, loss of well integrity and other safety concerns. This is particularly…

Highly sour fields push challenges for H2S-resistant pipe

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is hazardous to humans, other living organisms and the environment. Historically, this is the reason wells found with sour gas were often carefully…

Stabilizing activity ushers positive outlook for Mediterranean

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Tempered by challenges around political and financial uncertainty, the diverse Mediterranean region nevertheless continues to hold potential for robust exploration and production…

NSOAF audit: Interfacing, bridging processes lack clarity in North Sea

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

I never fail to be impressed by the safe and successful drilling of a well. The way a host of different companies overcome the challenges of working under tight timescales and…

Wirelines

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

In February, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) proposed a rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license…

Going the distance

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From vertical wells to horizontal wells, the industry’s evolution within the past 10 years has commanded a transformation of the drilling landscape. Subsequently, coiled tubing…

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