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To bring deepwater back, industry must align around standardization, simplification and collaboration

Every part of the industry has a role to play in embracing Lean principles and disruptive technologies to drive better performance, increase competitiveness By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Richard Lynch is Senior VP Technology and Services at Hess Corp. In the presentation you gave at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in November, you stressed the need for the industry to invest more in deepwater. How can the industry make deepwater competitive with the onshore unconventionals in this environment? While the downturn has placed a premium on short-cycle unconventionals, I do believe that investing in deepwater will be critical to the future success of our industry. I also believe that deepwater can compete, and even demonstrate higher returns, if we ...

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To drive performance, companies must destigmatize failure, allow employees to push the envelope

Operators and drilling contractors alike also must fully embrace data analytics, harness its power to supplement human insights and capabilities By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Greg Leveille is Chief Tech-nology Officer for ConocoPhillips. You’ve said that oil and gas companies need to shift into higher gear when it comes to innovation. What is ConocoPhillips’ approach to promoting innovation? We’re pursuing a broad-based approach that includes engaging leadership at multiple levels and training them to foster innovation. We’re trying to destigmatize failure when failure is in service to finding better solutions. We’re accelerating adoption of new technologies by breaking down barriers, and we’re training our entire workforce of around 11,000 people on how to use data analytics to improve productivity. How do you destigmatize ...

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Legacy mindsets, employee risk tolerance must evolve as industry adopts new technologies, processes

Drilling contractors also need better distribution of the value they’re delivering as they continue to drill faster, cheaper and better-quality wells By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Mike Lennox is Vice President of US Land Operations for Helmerich & Payne. What do you see as the biggest challenges that US land drillers face right now? Employee competency and risk tolerance is the number one challenge. What I mean by risk tolerance is there’s still a legacy, nostalgic image of the oilfield about older technology. I think that people need to change their mindsets and be more open to change and new technologies. Strong leadership from both drilling contractors and operators will help make this transition easier. Safety culture is another big challenge. We need to ...

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2019 IADC Chairman: Industry must keep its culture modern, evolving

Precision Drilling’s Kevin Neveu sets sights on engaging with next generation, supporting IADC’s technical committees, enhancing advocacy By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher When you’re third-generation oilfield and your father starts taking you on rig visits at age 5, you might say that an oilfield career is hardwired into you. It’s perhaps incomprehensible in today’s industry, but around rigs is where Kevin Neveu grew up. “I loved those trips to the rig with my dad. I loved seeing the machinery and crews in action,” Mr Neveu recalls. “I would come home from a rig visit and build model drilling rigs with a Meccano set – a model construction system consisting of reusable metal parts.” By age 14, he had started working summers at his ...

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Analysis: High sand concentrations not main driver of production

Pump rate and slurry volume shown to be more likely drivers of production in more than 200 COMBO Barnett Shale wells analyzed By Matt Degrood, Contributor In the “COMBO” Barnett Shale, data from waterfrac sweep treatments show that pump rate and slurry volume have been the main drivers of production, rather than high sand concentrations, John Ely, founder and CEO of Ely and Associates, asserts in a paper to be presented at the 2019 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, 5-7 February in The Woodlands, Texas. In terms of economic success, he also found that waterfrac sweep designs have achieved more success than either large volume sand treatments or crosslinked gel design in the COMBO Barnett. In fact, Mr Ely believes that ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

New technology developed to automate movement of drill string in/out of well at constant, controlled speed Ensco recently launched its Continuous Tripping Technology, a proprietary ution that provides more efficient and safer pipe tripping and helps to lower operators’ offshore project costs. The patented technology, in concert with other equipment, sensors and process controls, fully automates the movement of the drill string into or out of the well at a constant, controlled speed. When deployed during offshore activities, the technology enables pipe-tripping speeds of up to 9,000 ft/hr – up to three times faster than tripping times achieved by current conventional stand-by-stand methods. The technology can be retrofitted to both floaters and jackups and is particularly well-suited for ultra-deepwater drillships ...

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Lump-sum turnkey contracts align cost, risk on new technologies, allow faster deployment, field tests

Such a business model accelerates technology development and adoption by allowing the service company to select which technologies to use in wellbore By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Kyel Hodenfield is President of Integrated Drilling Services (IDS) for Schlumberger. What are the biggest challenges that you see for the global drilling industry? The total cost of drilling and safety of personnel continue to be the top two challenges as we aim to drill safe, compliant wells and lower the cost per foot drilled. For drilling costs, the industry has made several advances with super-spec AC/VFD rigs, rotary steerable tools, high-torque motors and 3D diamond element cutters. Nonetheless, depleted low-pressure zones still pose two technical challenges: drilling fluid losses and inconsistent-quality primary cement ...

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Safety, rig equipment maintenance must go hand in hand

By Gus Caldera, Ingersoll Rand In oil and gas operations, safety should be of the utmost importance. Particularly in the onshore drilling market, activity levels can change rapidly. According to the Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count, there were 520 land rigs operating in North America in March 2016. Today, that number has surpassed 1,100. The industry must ensure that its emphasis on safety grows as quickly as the number of working rigs. In the fast-paced North American land market, speed and efficiency are vitally important. However, a pure focus on speed could lead to incidents and downtime later that could impact operations much more significantly in the long run. Safe onshore rig practices go along with operational efficiency and ...

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News Cuttings

Houmb, Karle receive IADC Exemplary Service Awards during 2018 Annual Meeting IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group. Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. When the subcommittee was promoted to full committee status, she continued to chair the group, along with Co-Chairs Ben Ramduny with Seadrill and Juan Negrete with Rowan Companies. She has more than ...

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Leadership, proper decision making essential to ensuring human performance in barrier management

Organizations must engage their employees and encourage open communication on all viewpoints to assess full risk picture By Tove Spjfeld and Rune Mesel, Odfjell Drilling Although every company says that their human resources are their most valuable asset, some do not always act according to this statement. This article highlights one area with potential for improvement. Barrier management involves managing, controlling and handling all aspects of health, safety and the environment via a systematic and continuous approach. It is easy to think of barriers as technical solutions to eliminate operational risks or minimize them to an acceptable level. Technical and operational barriers might be the easiest to implement. However, unless the personnel involved have a comprehensive understanding of why barriers are ...

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