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Push-the-bit RSS drills high-angle section in one run for PDVSA

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Directional drilling has revolutionized oil and gas production, enabling operators to venture into new frontiers and geologically challenging reservoirs that once were…

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Redesigned sub allows continuous circulation in MPD applications

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Managing downhole pressure is a critical element while drilling, particularly in deepwater and extended-reach conditions. The depths and design complexities of ultra-deepwater…

CT-enabled frac sleeves boost completion efficiency in Bakken

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances

The Bakken shale formation represents one of the most recent production giants discovered in North America. The US Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that the Bakken contains…

Cason Swindle, WCI: Impact of well control performance reverberates around the world

Posted on 11 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

By Lauren Wolfson, editorial assistant An ardent lover of the arts and a professional acapella singer, Cason Swindle left his dreams of running an opera company fully behind when he decided to join his father’s training company in Lafayette, La., in 2008. This was not an easy decision, but because he was third-generation oilfield, the move actually […]

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…

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…

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  • 22 July 2014

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    BOEM lease sale to offer 21 million acres in Gulf of Mexico for oil, gas development

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  • 21 July 2014

    Large-diameter Ball Type Safety Valves delivered for MWCC containment system

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