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July/August 2008

European Drilling
It’s high times, high demand in the North Sea
Win-Win cooperation between regulators, IADC leads to more efficient moving of MODUs
by Magne Ognedal, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Exploration on Atlantic Frontier is hit-and-miss, but hope for breakthrough lingers
by Jeremy Cresswell, Contributing Editor
Seadrill confident in growth, believes modern fleet will pay off, says CEO
by Jeremy Cresswell, Contributing Editor
Case Study; HPHT infill well drilled in highly depleted reservoir
by L. Fambon, G. Joffroy, TOTAL E&P UK
Innovative Drilling
Operator finds cost-effective totary steerable applications in Oman’s low-cost environments
by M. Riyami, Petroleum Development Oman, et al
Automated drilling, real-time drilling process monitoring optimize RSS underreamer technology
by Junichi Sugiura, Steve Jones, Pathfinder Energy Services
Telemetry strings, hardware reliability, transmission capabilities: updated and outlook
by Maximo Hernandez, Intelliserv
Seismic-while-drilling:Where is it going?
Casing Drilling improves mature field production, eliminates fluid losses, drills directionally
by Eric Moellendick, Tesco
Drill Bits
Improved design processes allow bits to fit specific applications, set drilling records
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing Editor
Tough directional TCI’s deliver longer runs with higher ROP in Canadian build sections
by Chad Mason, Hughes Christensen, ET AL
Ultra-stable PDC drill bit technology improves performance in Southern Mexico applications
by Dalmo Amorim, ReedHycalog, ET AL
Lifting and Mechanical Handling
Lifting safety: Inexperienced employees, deepwater/subsea projects push lifting challenges to new heights
Permanent magnet motors lead way to better power efficiency, safety on cranes, winches
by Hege Kverneland, National Oilwell Varco
Asia Pacific
Gulf of Thailand drilling/completion both high tech and high volume, with HSE as core value
by Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
PV Drilling building new rigs as it eyes Vietnam’s expanding E&P market exploration successes
Licensing round to push India’s deepwater ambitions, need for deepwater rigs
New method developed to treat individual layers in cemented cased-hole completions
by Gary Rytlewski, Schlumberger
Australia is at forefront of biofouling issue, but this environmental challenge may soon go global
IADC Connection
Guest editorial: David Petruska, BP America
Letter to the President
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
Trainers Corner
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: From Scotsman to Aussie, Atwood Oceanics’ Derek Morrow has never looked back