Archive | 2014

Editorial: Tools to improve performance are there, but it’s up to the industry to use them

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The industry believes it’s on top of its game, but that is far from what the public feels. This was stated by Kevin Lacy while speaking on a panel session at the recent…

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People, companies and products

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Alden James “Doc” Laborde, an offshore drilling pioneer who transformed the drilling industry with innovations that made it possible to drill farther and in deeper waters…

Wirelines

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Jared Blong, CEO and President of Midland, Texas-based Octane Energy and past Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter, recently addressed the US House Committee on Small…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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