Archive | 2014

HSE&T Corner: Alliance governance can help manage risk in contractor/service company interface

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, May/June

On any drilling rig, the relationships among operators, drilling contractors and various service companies can be complex, leading to obstacles in the…

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Onshore drilling & technology briefs

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Automated rig aims to reduce human exposure; California well stimulation regulations put operations at standstill…

670,000+ wells to be drilled through 2020

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

Oil and gas development wells drilled around the world will need to exceed 106,000 per year by 2020 in order to meet global hydrocarbon demand, Douglas-Westwood stated in its…

News Cuttings

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

The newest edition of IADC’s “International Standards Activities Affecting the Offshore Oil and Gas Industries” semi-annual report is available from the IADC Offshore…

Completions system adds secondary barrier to block annular flow

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

A good cement job is the primary barrier for effective zonal isolation and is the standard industry method to protect the wellbore from unwanted and dangerous influxes of…

Wirelines

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

In a press release issued on 19 March, IADC Executive Vice President Taf Powell issued a statement in response to the 2014 Budget Statement on Bareboat Chartering…

Multistage stimulation: One size doesn’t fit all

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

All the world’s a stage, except when it comes to unconventionals. This is a world of many stages, upwards of 50 in some regions, where fast-developing technologies, innovative…

The boom Down Under

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

Australian coal seam gas (CSG) drilling is moving into a period of rapid development. With three LNG projects nearing completion, the country is in the midst of an onshore…

People, companies and products

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Departments, May/June

Marine Well Containment Co (MWCC) has completed two shore base locations to house its well containment equipment for use in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The Interim Containment System…

Drilling Ahead: IADC Bookstore – new name, new vision

Posted on 17 April 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

The times they are a’changin’ at IADC, as regular readers of DC will have observed. The emerging Well Control Institute, reinvented competency benchmarks known as IADC KSAs…

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Recent Drilling News

  • 17 December 2014

    Saudi Aramco: Four factors for a sustainable drilling business

    Despite the modest growth in demand and drop in oil prices today, the long-term outlook for industry is healthy. “Our industry will need to add around 40 million bbl per day for new capacity...

  • 16 December 2014

    Ensco development program produces driller in 3 years

    Ensco’s Accelerated Development Program (ADP) takes a “green” individual and, within a three-year period, trains them to become a driller. In response to personnel shortages in various areas, including drilling...

  • 16 December 2014

    Saudi Aramco: ‘Industry cannot afford to lose talent when the economy is down’

    Industry is facing a human resources challenge in two areas: the ageing workforce and the shortage of skills, Mohammed Al Sellemi...

  • 16 December 2014

    Nanotechnology has potential to improve tool performance in extreme environments

    In terms of temperature stability and corrosion, tools have limitations, especially in extremely challenging drilling environments. Jothibasu Ramasamy...

  • 16 December 2014

    Colville: WCI provides forum to evaluate practical, economical advances in well control practices

    Major players throughout industry are joining forces under the Well Control Institute (WCI). The mandate of WCI is “to provide the definitive forum...

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