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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest


Diamond Offshore Drilling has launched its Sim-Stack service, a cybernetic BOP service enabling the company to continuously and accurately assess BOP status. When issues arise, the service immediately determines a proper course of action while providing a third-party statement of fact to the operator, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and other regulatory bodies...

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Kenny Baker, Cactus Drilling: Safety starts with leadership demonstrating that they care about every individual on the rig


By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Many people first set foot on a rig site after they land their first job in the drilling industry. However, Kenny Baker, a Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, has been visiting rig sites since he learned to walk as a toddler. “My dad was in the oilfield for as long as I can remember,” he said. “We’d go out and check rigs with him when he was a drilling superintendent. We got to hang out with all of my dad’s co-workers from the oilfield. There would be different things that crews would do together, like go float the river. We always kind of looked up to the roughnecks.” After graduating high school in Rush ...

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Transocean keeps focus on business strategy, customer alignment as it embraces ‘creative destruction’ through digital transformation


Sometimes innovation emerges from new technologies that enable a novel product offering or expansion of an existing product line. However, the most successful innovation takes root in new thinking, a new twist, a new angle or a paradigm shift that is aligned with business strategy to deliver value. As businesses and industries digitally transform, the driving force should be business strategy, with technology playing the fundamental role in the innovation process...

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BSEE proposes revised well control rule On 11 May, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published its proposed rule, Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Revisions. This most recent version addresses concerns raised by stakeholders after the rule was initially introduced on 28 July 2016. Most notably, this proposal intends to: • Revise certain submittal requirements; • Clarify drilling margin requirements; • Remove references to lifeboats; • Remove certain prescriptive requirements for real-time monitoring; • Replace the BAVO requirement with use of third party; • Revise accumulator system requirements; and • Revise control station and pod testing schedules. In response to the proposed rule revisions, ...

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Drilling & Completion News


Total to end participation in South Pars 11 in Iran Total has announced that it will not be in a position to continue the South Pars 11 (SP11) project in Iran as a consequence of the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reinstate the US sanctions that were in force before the JCPOA’s implementation. The company will unwind all related operations before 4 November 2018, unless Total is granted a specific project waiver by US authorities with support of the French and European authorities. In 2017, Total executed the contract related to SP11, together with partner PetroChina and in full compliance with UN resolutions and US, EU and French legislation acceptable at ...

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People, Companies & Products


Transocean announces retirement of John Stobart Transocean announced that John Stobart, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Performance Officer, is retiring. Keelan Adamson, the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations, assumed Mr Stobart’s responsibilities, effective 1 June. “Under John’s leadership, Transocean re-established itself as the standard for excellence, delivering industry-leading performance in safety, uptime and drilling efficiency,” Jeremy Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “As a direct result of John’s unwavering commitment to both operational performance and procedural discipline, and to the development of the next generation of leadership, I have every confidence that Transocean will continue to build upon the solid foundation that John helped to establish.” Maersk Drilling appoints Morten Kelstrup as new CCIO Effective ...

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Drilling in the digital age: A new world begins to take shape


In a digital world, it’s software, not big iron, that’s driving hefty changes in well planning and construction, workflows, training, security By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor In 1965, Gordon Moore, one of the co-founders of Intel, predicted that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. In other words, he believed that computing power would double every two years. According to a study released in 2015 by information technology group Experts Exchange in honor of the 50th anniversary of Mr Moore’s prediction – now known as Moore’s Law –  computing power actually increased a trillion-fold between 1965 and 2015. That means that the smartphones we can fit in our hands today are more powerful ...

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