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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

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

In early April, Global Tubing announced that STEP Energy Services had performed the deepest 2 7/8-in. coiled-tubing operation in North American history. The operation took…

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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…

Study analyzes response of deepwater riser with suspended BOP

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Worldwide petroleum demand induces the search for new offshore oil and gas reserves in deeper and deeper waters. In this scenario, offshore drilling is carried out in water…

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…

Continuous inclination, azimuth measurement optimizes RSS control

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

When they were introduced in the mid-1990s, rotary steerable systems (RSS) represented a step-change in directional drilling. Over the years, continued advances have expanded the operating…

ERD advances push limits on Chayvo wells

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The second drilling campaign at the Chayvo field, located offshore Sakhalin Island, targeted a new reservoir zone using extended-reach wells from onshore. A total of four oil producers…

Case study: Culture of performance drives Iraqi drilling campaign

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The giant Majnoon oilfield in Iraq was discovered in 1975 by Braspetro (Petrobras). It is located in southern Iraq, 60 km (37 miles) from Basra. Multiple reservoirs contain an estimated…

Fred Dupriest: Teaching a physics-based approach to the next drilling generation

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

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So the saying goes, but it’s just not how Fred Dupriest works. For him, doing something better is not enough if it’s still being done in the same way…

Offshore drilling & technology briefs

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

A 25-well batch-casing program in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has exceeded targets around safety and efficiency over a six-month development campaign that logged zero…

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