Archive | 2014

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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People, companies and products

Posted on 09 April 2014 in 2014, Departments, May/June

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

HSE&T Corner: Management must lead way to culture of commitment, not of compliance

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

Compliance will only take you so far when it comes to the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas industry. To go all the way will require commitment…

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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