Archive | 2014

Predictive system helps wells adapt to changing formation pressures

Posted on 03 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

To proactively determine the downhole pressure limits necessary in managed pressure drilling (MPD) applications, Managed Pressure Operations (MPO) developed a pressure…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 03 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, March/April

PEMEX has awarded six-year drilling contracts to Seadrill’s West Oberon, West Intrepid, West Defender and West Courageous jackups. A fifth contract for the Prospector 3…

Recognizing inhibiting forces can help employees intervene in unsafe acts

Posted on 12 February 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, News

A key component of a safety management system is ensuring that employees are willing and able to speak up when they witness something unsafe, or even potentially unsafe…

API Spec Q2 aims to standardize risk mitigation, improve service reliability

Posted on 12 February 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

An industrywide collaboration is pushing to standardize expectations for drilling services with a risk management-based system. Although development of API Spec Q2 began…

News Cuttings

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

IADC has launched its new accreditation program for Helicopter Underwater Escape and Water Survival Training (HUET) for the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). At the request of oil…

The Latin American puzzle

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The sun is rising on Latin America. With its prolific and varied resources, the region is poised to become a major player on the global hydrocarbon map. While the big story in recent years has been the massive pre-salt discoveries in the deepwater off the coast of Brazil…

Collaboration enhances operational integrity, emergency preparedness

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, January/February

Brett Darley is the director of drilling and completions at Apache in Australia. Following the Montara and Macondo incidents, the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration…

2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference: Exclusive roundup of abstracts from 18 technical sessions

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Exclusive roundup of abstracts from 18 technical sessions…

Development volume lends contract visibility, opps for new players

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, January/February

Rohaizad Darus is president of Malaysia-based UMW Oil and Gas. What do you see as the overall challenges for expanding the deepwater market in Asia Pacific, and how do…

Enhanced tool design, testing processes target better field reliability

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, January/February

Clive Rayton is vice president of Drilling Service Solutions at Baker Hughes. How have service companies been affected by the boom in unconventional drilling and the rapid…

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