Archive | 2014

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…

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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…

News Cuttings

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

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Aberdeen on 16 May. Northern Offshore and Noble Drilling…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Back on the upswing

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

Steadily high oil prices – WTI oil continues to hover around $100/bbl – along with expanding opportunities around the world have drilling contractors, operators and analysts…

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Recent Drilling News

  • 21 November 2014

    Statoil cancels Stena Carron rig contract offshore Angola

    Statoil has decided to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract after fulfilling the work commitments in the Statoil-operated blocks 38 and 39 in the Kwanza basin offshore Angola...

  • 19 November 2014

    Stepwise approach guides Statoil’s North American onshore path

    When Statoil entered the North American onshore industry in 2008, it was a non-operator in a joint venture (JV) with Chesapeake in one shale play. Since then, Norwegian-based…

  • 18 November 2014

    Stilley: Despite challenging outlook, opportunities are plenty in the long term

    Opportunities abound for the drilling industry even in an environment of high costs and falling oil prices, Randall D. Stilley, President & CEO of Paragon Offshore, said...

  • 18 November 2014

    In well control, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    It has been more than four years since Macondo, and the long-term effects of the oil spill are still being determined. “Oil is a natural substance that can be degraded...

  • 18 November 2014

    Plaisance: Well Control Institute evaluating priority topics

    The Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors convened on 11 November in New Orleans. Moe Plaisance, who recently retired from Diamond Offshore Drilling, has...

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