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Transocean announces two-year contract for ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Invictus


Transocean‘s ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Invictus has been awarded a two-year contract plus three one-year priced options with a subsidiary of BHP Billiton. The backlog associated with the firm contract is approximately $106 million. The contract is expected to commence in Q2 2018. “We are extremely pleased to continue working with BHP,” said Transocean’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Thigpen. “Since we welcomed the Invictus into our fleet in 2014, the combination of BHP, Transocean and the Invictus has delivered industry-leading performance, and we look forward to extending our productive relationship through this multi-year contract.”

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AFGlobal showcases Active Control Device, debuts MPD test rig


AFGlobal showcased several MPD technologies at its Houston facility on 12 October, including an active control device (ACD) for deepwater and offshore surface applications and a purpose-built rig for testing MPD scenarios. Bearings and rotating components are a common source of maintenance and failure in conventional rotating control devices used in MPD operations. The ACD, however, provides the prerequisite seal and diversion of annular wellbore returns using a non-rotating device enabled by an actively pressurized, co-molded element. Its active pressure-sealing system hydraulically applies closing pressure to maintain consistent wellbore sealing integrity over time as the sealing sleeve is worn. The sleeve is a co-molded element made up of an enhanced urethane matrix reinforced with a durable polytetrafluoroethylene inner shell. As ...

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2,200-plus exhibiting companies expected at this year’s ADIPEC


Over 2,200 exhibiting companies from 53 countries are expected at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), to be held 13-16 November in Abu Dhabi. The conference offers a chance for oil and gas leaders to convene, network and discuss top industry trends and issues, under the theme “Forging Ties, Driving Growth.” A high-interest zone is the Offshore and Marine exhibition, a four-day event that includes a waterfront display area featuring six ships and a jackup barge. More than 150 global exhibitors and 15,000 oil and gas professionals from around the world are expected to attend this exhibition. In addition, the exhibition houses a dedicated conference theatre for strategic and technical sessions that address future expectations and ...

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PSA Norway: Industry, regulators must work together to reverse trend on safety


Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway is challenging the oil and gas industry to reverse some troubling trends. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Sigve Knudsen, PSA Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, said the last couple of years have been characterized by serious incidents and safety challenges. To help reverse this trend, the Norwegian regulator has identified three areas of special focus: robustness, standardization and inter-party collaboration. Watch DC’s video with Mr Knudsen as he explains the PSA’s work in these three areas and how it plans to achieve visible and measurable results.

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Light treatment improves alertness, health, safety for offshore shift workers


Insomnia ranks as the second most common health complaint globally and is a common problem in offshore shift work environments. Poor quality of sleep can lead to lowered concentration, slower performance and difficulty thinking clearly. In turn, this can lead to increased risks for human error, lower productivity and more downtime on the rig. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 28 September in Amsterdam, Koos Meijer, Founder of KM Human Factors Engineering, discusses a light treatment that focuses on the timing, duration, intensity and color of light exposure to activate and deactivate the brain. During the last project, more than 150 shift workers were trained and guided in two interactive offshore workshops. The crew reported feeling ...

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Cybersecurity, offshore advances among key topics to be addressed at this year’s ADIPEC


Industry members will have the opportunity to engage with oil and gas leaders and gain insight into top oil and gas trends at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), to be held 13-16 November in Abu Dhabi. The focus this year is to enable minister-to-global business leader strategic dialogue, under a conference theme of “Forging Ties. Driving Growth.” “The key to growth for oil and gas companies will be to find new ideas, and to share information in the pursuit of best practice,” said Ali Al Rawahi, Reservoir Manager – Studies (BUH/SE Asset) for Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (ADCO) and ADIPEC 2017 Technical Conference Chairman. “ADIPEC is clearly established as the leading platform ...

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Bapetco builds safety-first culture on care, respect for employees


In 2015, Gordon Graham arrived in Egypt as Deputy Drilling Manager of Bapetco, a joint venture between Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. He quickly identified several areas within HSE that required improvement and launched the Risk Champions Program. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Mr Graham tells DC about the various focus areas for this program, as well as how HSE improvements can be achieved by demonstrating care and respect for employees. Watch the video for more information.

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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions


To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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US rig count drops by four


US drillers idled four rigs – three onshore, one in inland waters – this week, dropping the active rig count from 940 to 936, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. There are now 913 rigs drilling on land and 22 offshore.

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