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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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Expro announces two appointments for executive management

Expro has announced the appointments of two key executive management roles. Current Executive Vice President, Alistair Geddes, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) with immediate effect. Mr Geddes has been with Expro for six years, having previously fulfilled leadership roles with Weatherford, BG Group and ExxonMobil. Keith Palmer has been promoted to Executive Vice President – Product Lines and will be responsible for Expro’s product lines, technology and group engineering. Mr Palmer has worked at Expro for over 13 years, previously leading the company’s North America and ECIS regions, before assuming responsibility as the President of Asia Pacific region. “I look forward to working with both Alistair and Keith in their new roles within Expro, as we continue ...

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ADNOC: Nearly half of millennial and Generation Z STEM talent interested in oil and gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is facing strong competition in attracting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent, with 44% of STEM millennials and Generation Zs (Gen Z) interested in pursuing a career in oil and gas, compared to 77% in the technology sector, 58% in life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and 57% in healthcare – according to the inaugural global “Workforce of the Future” survey released by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) at CERAWeek by IHS Markit. Interest in oil and gas is on par with the marketing and advertising (48%), hospitality (47%), transport/logistics (46%) and retail (41%) industries. The survey was commissioned by ADNOC to examine future workforce and employment trends in the oil and gas industry, ...

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