Archive | 2014

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…

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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…

Tubular integrity begins with assurance of robust connections

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling Rigs & Automation, July/August

The integrity of the tubular string is only as good as the connection between each joint. Connection makeup acceptance and accuracy are critical to casing string integrity, which provides a secure mechanical…

2014 OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards

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

The Offshore Technology Conference has announced the 12 winning technologies that will receive the 2014 Spotlight on New Technology Awards recognizing innovative technologies…

Analysis: Dayrate business model not built to drive innovation, value delivery

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

The drilling business model has become the “elephant in the room” as drilling systems automation advances seek an integrator and technology/performance enhancements seek…

Editorial: IADC steps up global leadership to address critical industry challenges

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

Continually overcoming difficult challenges and major change is a hallmark of our industry. However, the pace of change is getting faster, the risks bigger…

Drilling & Completion News

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

Precision Drilling has signed a multiyear contract for a Super Triple ST-2000 newbuild rig that will be delivered in Q4 this year to the Middle East. In Mexico, the company…

MPD poised for growth in Australasia deepwater

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The pace and success of Australasia’s deepwater exploration and development depends on achieving high standards of safety and environmental stewardship while addressing…

Global exploration, streamlined drilling to lead Statoil growth

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

Global exploration will be the primary growth engine for Statoil in the near term, and the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) will play an important role in that strategy as the company…

Certification of 1st DGD drillship paves path for ultra-deepwater drilling

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

Drilling to deeper depths in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has increased the geometric complexity of subsea well designs. Deepwater drillers must contend with challenges such as…

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  • 21 October 2014

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  • 21 October 2014

    Moomjian: ‘Honesty is the best policy in doing business’

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    Video: Companies prepare for EU Offshore Safety Directive compliance

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