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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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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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Contracts that govern single-point accountability via a rig contractor likely to become the new norm

Increasing recognition that ‘data is the new oil’ also calls for changes in the way drilling operations are managed and decisions are made across the value chain By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Hisham Basar is Head, Wells, Centre of Excellence, PETRONAS. In terms of drilling and completions, what are your major focus areas as you work to improve performance and efficiency for PETRONAS? As a brief introduction, PETRONAS is an established global oil and gas company with proven value-driven successes across a fully integrated oil and gas value chain, and we uphold the highest standards of safety. When I first joined PETRONAS, I envisioned bringing the company toward a world-class well delivery status globally. To achieve this vision, good teamwork is ...

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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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2019 IADC Officers

2019 IADC Officers Kevin Neveu, Chairman, Precision Drilling Corp Kevin A. Neveu is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Precision Drilling Corp and has held these positions since joining the company in 2007. Mr Neveu has 35 years of experience in the oilfield services sector, holding technical, marketing, management and senior leadership positions over his career. Previously, Mr Neveu was President of the Rig Solutions Group of National Oilwell Varco in Houston and held senior management positions with it and its predecessor companies in London, Moscow, Houston, Edmonton and Calgary. Mr Neveu currently serves as a Director at Finning International and is a former board member of Bonanza Creek Energy and Rig Net. He is also a member ...

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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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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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Better training and HSE, growth of student chapters among key IADC goals for 2019

By Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman As a long-time member of the IADC, I am proud and honored to serve as the association’s Chairman for 2019. IADC has a long history of serving as the space where members of the drilling industry can come together to identify common problems and solve them in a way that promotes our long-term success. This year, I plan to continue this legacy with a focus on safety and training and enticing the next generation of drillers to join our industry. It’s well established that our industry is volatile and cyclical, but I have always believed that if you work hard and deliver results, you can be successful. My career, and that of so many ...

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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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