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July/August 2017

Regional Focus: North Sea and Europe
Small signs hint at possible recovery in still-sluggish North Sea
Rig demand and dayrates remain challenging, but exploration appears to be slowly picking up as operators push breakeven levels lower and smaller E&Ps acquire assets from supermajors
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
Momentum builds in UK for major ramp-up in shale development
Hurdles remain, but plans for several shale exploration wells are under way as the industry pushes toward high-volume hydraulic fracturing
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
North Sea wells prove efficiency, function of multistage ball-actuated, sleeve-based stimulation system
by Catherine Mehus, Tore Sørheim, Petter Lønning, Tom Rune Koløy and Stephen Forrester, National Oilwell Varco
Statoil adopts integrated, trilateral partnership in search of ‘perfect wells’ on Johan Sverdrup field
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
UK government, industry look toward collaboration to drive down decommissioning costs on UKCS
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
Innovating While Drilling
No room for failure in RSS performance as cost pressures persist
Industry looks to rig integration, real-time monitoring, autosteering to help rotary steerable systems drill faster, last longer
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Study targets potential for gas loading in drilling fluids to improve influx detection, management
by Harald Linga, Knut Steinar Bjørkevoll and Jan Ole Skogestad, SINTEF Petroleum Research/DrillWell; Arild Saasen, Aker BP
Trial well onshore Canada verifies dual drill string drilling method, enables managed gradient drilling
by Ola M. Vestavik and John Thorogood, Reelwell; Etienne Bourdelet, Total; Bernd Schmalhorst and Jan Petter Roed, DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG
New section milling technology designed for restricted IDs restores access to leached area of cavern in highly abrasive Texas salt dome
by Michael T. Smalley, Christopher Hay, David W. Teale and Mohammed A. Haq, Weatherford International
Well Control
Casing-integrated, surface-activated well control tool supplements BOP in uncontrolled blowout scenarios
by Zach Owens, Brian Smyth, Nicoli Ames, John Pye and Brun Hilbert, Exponent; Bob Brooks, RM Taber; Hector Mendez, Shell International Exploration and Production
Fire on closely spaced six-well pad illustrates heightened need for well control risk mitigation in pad drilling
by Arash Haghshenas, Andy Cuthbert and Leonardo Portillo, Boots & Coots, A Halliburton Service
Asset Integrity & Reliability
In-situ riser inspection system provides ultrasonic wall thickness, crack detection in a single run
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Employing the three T’s — testing, timing and technology — can increase equipment reliability through maintenance strategies
by Jennifer Eckert, Ingersoll Rand Material Handling
Completions
Open-hole, multizone completions drive development of single-trip sand control technologies
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
IADC Connection
Editorial: With eyes on a better future, IADC forges ahead with student chapters, advocacy
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings
Wirelines
Departments
Drilling Ahead: Study – New digital age may disrupt traditional business models
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: Hubler – Organizations must lower tolerance for exposures and risks to reduce occurrence of serious injuries and fatalities
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Harris Reynolds, Diamond Offshore Drilling – Boom or bust, offshore industry must focus on innovations to drive down costs
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor