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Samoco collaborated with Shell Offshore Engineering to engineer and manufacture OneTrip, which reduces time and costs associated with mandatory BOP testing.

Nabors, Weatherford agree to form alliance to deliver integrated drilling solutions in US lower 48 states Nabors Industries and Weatherford International have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form an alliance focused on delivering enhanced drilling solutions to the oil and gas land market in the US lower 48 states. The MOU states that Weatherford will bring well construction expertise, managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions, directional drilling capabilities and drilling hardware, as well as associated software applications and engineering personnel. Nabors will bring its fleet of MPD-ready SmartRigs and land-optimized measurement-while-drilling (MWD) systems, together with its performance drilling software applications, automated rig equipment and proprietary control systems. By leveraging the technical expertise and engineering capabilities of the two ...

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Coiled-tubing cementing operation on HPHT well uses MPD technique to lower costs, ensure integrity

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The number of exploration wells drilled in high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) environments keeps growing, spurred by the ongoing search for new oil and gas reserves. Per the Norwegian Standards Organization (NORSOK), an HPHT well has a wellhead shut-in pressure exceeding 69 MPa (10,000 psi) and an ambient temperature greater than 150°C (302°F)...

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Influx management envelope deployed during planning phase for 3 sections of deepwater MPD well

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The MPD Operations Matrix was introduced in 2007 to serve as an operational guide for drilling MPD sections. The intent of the matrix is to balance operational, well and equipment limitations with “acceptable” influx volumes. The operations matrix has become the cornerstone of MPD projects worldwide and is a mandatory component of planned MPD wells in the US Gulf of Mexico...

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Big data brings insights but also cybersecurity exposure

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A critical theme that ran throughout our Critical Issues in Drilling and Completions Q&A’s in the last issue of DC was around data and how that’s taking center stage in the digital oilfield. That theme continues in this issue, where you can read about the latest evolution in intelligent coiled-tubing technologies (Page 42). Even in this hard-hit segment of the market – down by a whopping 41% from 2014 to 2015, then by an additional 39% in the year that followed – companies are looking toward data as the next step for advancing efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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Evolution of intelligent coiled-tubing technologies drives need for better sensors, data interpretation tools to aid real-time decision-making

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Coiled-tubing interventions, like everything else in the upstream sector, have taken a hit since oil prices tumbled in 2014. In fact, the coiled-tubing industry declined by 41% from 2014 to 2015 and by an additional 39% from 2015 to year-end 2016, according to data from Spears and Associates...

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Drilling & Completion News

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Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract with Petrogas E&P Netherlands for the high-efficiency jackup Maersk Resolute. The firm contract covers the drilling of the A8 and A9 wells in the A12 block of the Dutch Continental Shelf. The drilling of the two wells is estimated to have a duration of 75 days. Further, an option exists to extend the contract for up to five additional wells.

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Perspectives: Thad Dunham, Flat Time Reduction: Drilling industry should look to industrial engineering to reshape operations, reduce waste

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A Continued focus on cost reductions means drilling contractors are still looking for ways to reshape their operations to increase efficiency. Thad Dunham, President and Co-Founder of Flat Time Reduction, is helping companies to achieve such efficiency gains through an industrial engineering approach. “The principles of industrial engineering can work anywhere. The goal is to optimize processes and reduce waste,” Mr Dunham said. “If you look at everything as a process, whether it be an assembly line in a manufacturing plant or drilling a well, you can break it down into steps, get ideas from the folks doing the job, and you can improve it.”

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UT Austin-based drilling automation consortium builds data visualization templates, develops data-driven top drive monitoring techniques

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Although automated drilling has been a popular discussion topic among drilling engineers for much of the past decade, practical solutions have been slow to emerge. Since its launch in May 2015, the University of Texas-based Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium has worked to speed the pace of automated drilling innovations by delivering pragmatic and immediately applicable solutions to some of the drilling industry’s most pressing issues...

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