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HSE&T Corner: Chevron develops software tool for conducting, evaluating well control-related drills, seeks to share it with wider industry


Well control, like safety, is too important to be leveraged as a competitive advantage. That’s why Chevron is planning to share with the wider industry a tool – called DrillPad – that the operator launched in 2015 to assist with the planning and tracking of well control drills. The software was developed as part of Chevron’s WellSafe assurance program...

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Drilling & Completion News

Seadrill’s West Saturn is a sixth-generation ultra-deepwater drillship. It is expected to begin operations for Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gas between December 2017 and January 2018.

Talos Energy, along with its joint venture partners Premier Oil and Sierra Oil & Gas, has completed drilling operations on the Zama-1 exploration well in Block 7 offshore Mexico. The well reached a total depth of 13,840 ft. It is the first offshore exploration well drilled by the private sector in Mexico’s history...

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Deconstructing invisible lost time: KPIs, analytics, standardization improve well deliveries in Bakken

The equipment condition monitoring dashboard tracks the operational health of critical components of Nabors’ rigs worldwide. Personnel in the RIGLINE 24/7 remote operations center in Houston respond immediately to alerts on any issues affecting rig equipment performance.

A data-driven contractor-operator initiative that aimed to mitigate inefficiencies in the well construction process resulted in a “CAPEX-free” opportunity to safely reduce unconventional well delivery times by up to 40%. The joint initiative, which focused on North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play, underscored the tangible benefits of standardizing drilling operations and monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) to consistently reduce invisible lost time (ILT). Unlike downtime, ILT never appears in the standard morning report. Rather, it is hidden inefficiencies and inconsistencies in routine drilling operations where performance in standard processes can often swing widely between crews...

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On 18 July, Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published new technical regulations for drilling exploratory wells to determine the presence of oil and gas in shallow-, deep- and ultra-deep waters in Colombian territory. The new regulations require safety management systems in accordance with API RP 75; BOPs in accordance with API Standard 53; training in accordance with OPITO or IMO standards; weekly function testing of the BOP; and MODUs in compliance with the IMO MODU Code...

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People, Companies and Products

Vallourec’s new piercer at its Düsseldorf-Rath tube plant is equipped with three-roll technology and can shape with dimensional precision.

Transocean has reached an agreement with Songa Offshore whereby Transocean will, subject to certain conditions, make a voluntary exchange offer to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Songa Offshore. The consideration in the offer will be based upon NOK 47.50 per share of Songa Offshore, representing a 37.0% premium to Songa Offshore’s five-day average closing price of NOK 34.68 per share...

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Digital transformation


The drilling industry has always been known for having big iron – from drawworks to iron roughnecks, from top drives to blowout preventers. But in today’s digital oilfield, it’s no longer hardware that’s driving the biggest changes at the rig site. Rather, game-changing technologies on the horizon are now almost entirely digital. Predictive analytics, the Internet of things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords. They refer to real technologies that are increasingly being adopted into the drilling industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs....

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