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Weir Oil & Gas introduces SPM SafeEdge ARC for remote setting and digital control of relief valves

Weir Oil & Gas announced the introduction of its SPM SafeEdge Automated Relief Vale Control (ARC) System. The intelligent valve system enables operators to remotely set and control SPM’s proven line of back pressure relief valves while monitoring treating-line pressure and helping prevent over-pressuring of treating iron...

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Gulf of Mexico lease sale proposed for August Officials with the US Department of Interior announced in early March a proposed offer of 78 million acres for a regionwide lease sale scheduled for August 2019. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Lease sale 253 will be the fifth offshore sale under the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. It will include approximately 14,699 unleased blocks, located from 3 to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from 9 to more than 11,115 ft. The Gulf of Mexico OCS, covering more than 164 million acres, is estimated ...

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To build better future, industry must do more to collaborate

By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Humans are creatures of habit. While some people are more open to new ideas than others, at some level we all look at big changes with some trepidation. Will it remove something important from my control? Do I understand what the consequences will be, and who will bear those consequences? Am I competent enough to handle the change? There are myriad reasons why people resist change. And yet, as the saying goes, the only thing that is constant is change. In the drilling industry, massive changes are under way. The deep and prolonged downturn over the past few years brought about significant changes in companies’ spending habits that are likely to sustain for years ...

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Simulator-based training can help crews better prepare for complex MPD operations

By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher As the drilling industry increasingly deploys managed pressure drilling (MPD) technologies, particularly in the deepwater arena, the potential for simulator-based training to step in and enhance both the safety and efficiency of such operations is also increasing. “When we look at the (knowledge) retention pyramid, the most efficient way for students is hands-on training, where we tie all the theory together with the practical,” Kim Laursen, Head of Well Control Services for Maersk Training, said in a presentation at the 2019 SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference on 7 March in The Hague, The Netherlands. Even when no new technologies like MPD are involved, the use of high-fidelity drilling simulators provide a safe and cost-efficient environment ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Johan Sverdrop record lift completed in three days Equinor announced that it has set a record with a three-day lift of two final platform topsides, a bridge and a flare stack for Johan Sverdrop. It was the heaviest lift ever performed offshore, according to Equinor. “Putting the final building blocks of this gigantic project into place is important to ensure startup of the field as planned in November this year,” said Trond Bokn, Senior VP for Johan Sverdrup. The two final platform topsides were installed using the heavy-lift vessel Pioneering Spirit and its single lift technology. The processing platform lift – nearly 26,000 tons – set a lifting record offshore and was carried out in four hours with a clearance ...

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