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Sales of zonal isolation packers surge with resurgence of well drilling operations

According to a recent study from Fact.MR, sales of zonal isolation packers exceeded 25,438 units in 2018 and are estimated to surpass 26,000 units in 2019. The study found an increasing need from operators to address the issue of gas migration, which continues to be one of the longstanding challenges requiring immediate attention. This, in turn, is paving favorable grounds for adoption of effective zonal isolation technologies, including zonal isolation packers. According to the study, one of the chief aspects fueling demand is rising need for effective zonal isolation technologies to prevent damage of casing and other formations in a wellbore. Moreover, zonal isolation packers are also widely used as an ideal anchor point for effective production tubing, creating untapped potential ...

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Ocyan pushes forward with MPD/FMCD operations offshore Brazil

In October 2013, Ocyan reached an agreement with an operator to deliver MPD packages on four of its seven rigs. In this video with Leandro Rocha, Rig Performance Coordinator for Ocyan, from the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he talks about the drivers for this agreement, lessons learned and areas of improvement for future floating mud cap drilling (FMCD) operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Big Data, machine learning help to optimize connection makeup process

There are five V’s when it comes to Big Data: volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value. In this video with Robert Thibodeaux, VP of Technology Development for Frank’s International, at the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he explains what each V means in relation to Big Data, as well as a real-world application of the five V’s in the connection makeup process...

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Embedding MPD in well delivery plan can help to reduce overall well costs

The industry continues to see a shift in the planning and adoption of managed pressure drilling (MPD) practices. While not every well may need MPD, actively planning for it before drilling begins can provide cost reduction and other well construction benefits, even if MPD is not used at the well site, said Leiro Medina, VP of Technology with Beyond Energy, at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, Mr Medina discusses how MPD is being deployed to increase efficiency in Canada, the challenges to more widespread adoption of MPD, and the steps that companies can take to help MPD reach higher market maturity.

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Reduce complexity in deployment of MPD will be key for wider adoption

Achieving true integration of  managed pressure drilling (MPD) as a standard in drilling plans will require the industry to making changes in control systems, hardware, processes and training. With these steps, MPD use will likely see wider adoption, said Dwayne Barnwell, Sales Manager with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, hear how the NOVOS system could be used to integrate MPD functions to improve operations, and other ways the complexity and cost of running MPD can be simplified.

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