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US House votes on H.J.RES. 36 to repeal BLM rule on methane emissions

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The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of H.J.RES. 38, a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” This rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands. In response...

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Industry may see more flexibility under Trump administration, but focus on operational risk unlikely to change

Michael D. Farber, Partner at Van Ness Feldman, said a new administration is not expected to bring drastic changes to BSEE’s focus on operational risk.  Mr Farber provided a regulatory forecast at the IADC Houston office on 19 January.

The oil and gas industry may be looking for changes to be made under the Trump administration, such as reversing the withdrawal of Arctic and Atlantic acreage from leasing and denial of Atlantic seismic geophysical and geological permits. However, when it comes to the Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement (BSEE), there will likely be policy continuity in the agency’s focus on operational risks, according to Michael D. Farber, Partner at the law firm Van Ness Feldman, and R. Scott Nuzum, Counsel at Van Ness Feldman. “When you think about the person who holds the job of BSEE director, each night before that person’s head hits the pillow...

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CT sleeves open in 2 DUC wells after 32 months downhole

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Halliburton recently announced that two of its RapidStart Initiator CT (casing test) sleeves opened after 32 months downhole. That time period represents an industry record for the successful operation of a toe sleeve, according to the company. Murphy E&P needed to perform a true casing integrity test and had deployed the RapidStart Initiator CT frac sleeve system as an interventionless means of establishing a flow path at the toe of the well. Both sleeves opened successfully after 32 months downhole in two drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells of more than 7,000 ft, with static bottomhole temperatures up to 215˚F. The sleeves were functional at a total pressure of 10,000 psi and provided a 30-min casing...

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New proppant transport technology targets high-salinity water applications

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Fairmount Santrol recently launched Propel SSP 350. It is an extension to the self-suspending Propel SSP proppant transport technology, which is designed to increase hydraulic fracturing efficiency in plays where produced water disposal costs are high and where there are constraints on freshwater availability. The 350 extension targets applications in high-salinity water plays, such as the Marcellus and the Permian. Its development was driven by the need for improved proppant transport and for reduced completions costs by removing the need for extra...

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Development of USCG/NIST Cybersecurity Framework ‘MODU Profile’ launched at IADC

IADC, along with representatives from NIST/NCCoE and USCG, among others, have launched development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. From left are David Weitzel, NIST/NCCoE; Melissa Mejias, IADC; Siv Hilde Houmb, Secure-NOK & Chairwoman of the IADC Cybersecurity Subcommittee; Julie Snyder, NIST/NCCoE; and Jason Warren, USCG.

IADC helped the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) launch development of a new Cybersecurity Framework Profile for MODUs. The work was done during a two-day joint meeting, which also included API, held during January in Houston. The profile is designed to assist MODU operators in using...

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Proserv, SapuraKencana partner on Asia Pacific project

Proserv and SK Technology are partnering to provide clients with enhanced technology services across the Asia Pacific.

Proserv and SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SapuraKencana Technology Sdn Bhd (SK Technology) are joining forces to provide enhanced technology services to clients in Asia Pacific. Both companies will be leveraging their respective regionally-based assets, expertise, technology and infrastructure to offer clients a variety of innovative solutions. They will jointly provide a range of services across the drilling, production and decommissioning market sectors with a strong focus on

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New drilling float valve developed to improve operational safety

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Standard drilling float valves have allowed fluid flow to move across the sealing surface of wells, which can compromise the integrity of the sealing surface after prolonged use. To address this challenge Drilling Innovative Solutions launched the Sentinel Drilling Safety Float Valve. The new piece of drilling float equipment uses a flapper actuated ball valve technology to flow fluid through the flow tube without exposing it to the sealing surface. Watch the video with Sam Hawkins, Founder and Manager of New Products for Drilling Innovative Solutions to learn more.

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Predictive maintenance could improve drilling equipment reliability

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Predictive maintenance has the potential to help drilling contractors better understand when equipment needs critical maintenance in order to prevent unexpected failure. Avoiding unexpected equipment failure is critical to reducing safety incidents, as well as nonproductive time. Watch DC’s video with SparkCognition VP Solutions Philippe Herve from 16 November to learn about new technologies such as cognitive analytics and machine learning that can help the drilling industry implement predictive maintenance. Mr Herve also gave a presentation on predictive maintenance at the Spark Tank forum, held by the IADC ART Future Technology Subcommittee on 27 October in Houston. Before specializing in predictive analytics, he spent 30 years working for oilfield service companies.

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GE, Maersk Drilling pilot predictive maintenance program

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GE and Maersk Drilling announced a partnership today to collaborate on a data analytics pilot project to increase Maersk’s drilling vessels’ productivity and to possibly reduce maintenance costs by up to 20%. The two companies have collaborated to deploy SeaStream Insight, GE’s new marine asset performance management program, powered by Predix. The pilot project will be carried out on one of Maersk Drilling’s...

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