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Ensco, Rowan Agree to Merge in All-Stock Transaction Ensco and Rowan Companies jointly announced that the companies have entered into a definitive transaction agreement under which Rowan will combine with Ensco in an all-stock transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors. The Saudi Aramco partner to the ARO Drilling joint venture has consented to the combination. Rowan President and CEO Tom Burke will serve as President and CEO of the combined company, which will have a rig fleet of 28 floaters and 54 jackups. Ensco President and CEO Carl Trowell will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company. David Williams Joins Precision Drilling Board of Directors Precision Drilling has announced the addition of David ...

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2018 IADC efforts in advocacy, training, safety all providing direct, positive impact

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By Steven Brady, 2018 IADC Chairman It has been my honor to serve as your IADC Chairman in 2018. As Chairman, I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet a diverse slice of our membership. As we close out this year, I am thankful for those experiences. They showed me that, as an industry, we share the same goals of safety and efficiency. I began the year with a promise that our association would continue to focus on things that our industry has identified as key to our continued success – safety, environmental stewardship, technical resources and advocacy. It was an ambitious and lofty goal, as each of these areas is vast and technically difficult to achieve. Yet, through ...

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Celine Martin, Total: Sidestepping life’s ‘disappointments,’ turning differences into strengths can help to build diverse career

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By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor For Celine Martin, not being selected for an engineering program with the French Navy when she was a teenager came as a huge disappointment. She had undergone three years of post-secondary studies in specialized military classes in preparation for a selective entrance exam to the elite national engineering school, Prytanée National Militaire. She also dreamt of piloting the type of fighter jet she had seen soaring in the skies above her hometown of Hyeres in southeastern France. In hindsight, however, it was that “disappointment” that set Ms Martin on a path to something bigger and better – offshore oil and gas. “I didn’t perceive it that way at the time because I couldn’t do what I ...

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News Cuttings

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ULL Student Chapter members complete training In August, members of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) IADC Student Chapter completed the IADC WellSharp well control level 3 (Driller) course after an extensive four-day training, held 6-10 August. The following month, 28 members of the chapter toured Parker Drilling’s 2,000-hp Rig 55B in Amelia, La. The students had an opportunity to witness first hand drilling equipment discussed in the classroom, including accumulators, BOPs, top drives, pumps and solids control. Representatives from Parker Drilling were on hand to guide the students on their tour, including Perry Landry, Operations Manager; Ronal Savoie, Rig Manager (Pusher); Roger Wellbrock, Maintenance Manager; Rick Henley, Special Projects Manager; and Kent Gerdsen, US Sales Manager. Drilling Matters Module Encourages ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

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Halliburton sets record depth for expandable liner hangers on Stampede project in Gulf of Mexico Halliburton’s XtremeGrip liner hangers were recently installed to a depth of 30,924 ft in the Gulf of Mexico Hess-operated Stampede deepwater development. This set a record depth for the system. To facilitate the completions, the company installed 37 XtremeGrip expandable liner hangers across seven wells, with no liner-top leaks or remedial work required. The challenge on the Stampede project was to isolate multiple hydrocarbon-bearing sands across the drilling and production liners with cement. The XtremeGrip system’s unrestricted flow path prior to setting, and its ability to rotate while cementing, provided effective isolation without costly cement remediation. Each Stampede well includes up to five XtremeGrip liner ...

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IADC: Paving the path to better, safer industry

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By Jason McFarland, IADC President In the following pages, you will be able to read through a snapshot of IADC’s activities over the course of 2018. It’s an impressive list of accomplishments, and ones that I am personally proud of in my role as president of this association. I hope that you are able to see the value of your membership in the activities of our Government and Industry Affairs, Accreditation and Credentialing, International Development, Communications and Drilling Services divisions.  Maximizing the value you receive as a member of IADC is something that is of utmost important to me. While the accomplishments in 2018 have been impressive, there are even more important projects that we are excited about looking to ...

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DC fly-in, WellSharp Well Servicing, student chapters, BOP database, new Drilling Matters modules among wealth of IADC initiatives in 2018

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By Amy Rose, IADC Director of External Relations Government and Industry Affairs IADC’s Government and Industry Affairs Division is responsible for advocacy activities on behalf of the drilling industry. The team is tasked with proactively engaging with both US and global regulatory and legislative bodies, policymakers, oil and gas producers and the media to influence policies, provide input on standards making and pursue better regulations. This year, IADC’s advocacy team was consolidated to comprise both onshore and offshore expertise, which will enable a cohesive and consistent advocacy effort. IADC continues to maintain a strong presence in Washington, DC, and in June hosted another “fly-in” for IADC members to meet with members of Congress and regulatory agencies. The fly-in is a unique ...

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Recovery holds steady across North America

Left: Spears and Associates is forecasting the average rig count in 2019 will be approximately 1,040 in the US and 211 in Canada, which would represent a 3% growth. Right: In the US onshore, Spears and Associates expects approximately 24,300 wells will be drilled in 2019, compared with 23,100 this year. The number of wells drilled in Canada is expected to rise only slightly from 2018 to 2019, going from 7,300 to about 7,400.

Pipeline constraints likely to hold back growth in Permian drilling, while Bakken resurgence takes many by surprise, forecast to continue By Rick Von Flatern, Contributor Predicting how the world of North American onshore drilling will look in 2019, most experts agree, requires only a look back to 2018. All the primary signals that industry analysts interpret to assess probable future drilling activity – rig count, dayrates, crude prices – show no indication of significant movement from current levels. “The average rig count in 2018, we predict, will be 1,011 in the US and 208 in Canada,” said John Spears, President of Spears and Associates. “In 2019, we predict about 1,040 for the US and 211 for Canada, or about 3% ...

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The case for non-OEM repairs: a missed cost reduction opportunity?

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Non-OEM makes case for reexamining engrained beliefs about equipment repairs, urges industry to gain knowledge of alternatives in supply chain By Craig Fraser and Paul Naysmith, RigQuip Non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) repair of drilling equipment is an often-controversial subject, with the drilling industry seemingly split down the middle. For various reasons, some do, and some don’t. This article will discuss and explore the differences between OEM and non-OEM repairs and present one company’s view, along with two case studies where an operator and drilling contractor chose to go non-OEM. The latest API repair standards, API Q2 and API 16AR, will also be discussed and presented. Introduction One cost reduction opportunity that is sometimes overlooked in the oil industry supply chain is ...

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Simplicity leads subsea technology innovations

The number of subsea tieback projects this year has increased to the low 30s, up from 21 in 2015 and 18 in 2016.

Shape-memory polymer technology, electrohydraulic downhole flow control and monitoring, dissolvable tools, and large-bore subsea safety system among innovations making waves in subsea completions By Karen Boman, Associate Editor If marginal offshore fields are to become economic, the next wave of subsea completion solutions must continue to focus on lowering costs and boosting efficiencies. As oil prices recover and operators are successful in their efforts to reduce offshore field development costs, the amount of subsea equipment orders is expected to rise in 2019. In fact, for the foreseeable future, spending on subsea equipment is expected to increase, according to an analysis of industry trends from Rystad Energy. Demand for subsea equipment will come from major field development projects, such as Shell’s Vito ...

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