May/June 2005

 OFFSHORE OUTLOOK

US Gulf of Mexico rig market experiencing full employment
West Africa could face shortage of deepwater rigs
Southeast Asia contractors experience accelerating high dayrates
Offshore contractors face a storm surge of new regulations
IADC launches ballast control and stability program
Two new semisubmersibles delivered to GlobalSantaFe

 CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

Helmerich & Payne IDC’s Alan Orr named Contractor of the Year

 ONSHORE DRILLING AND EQUIPMENT

US onshore activity nearing its 2001 level
New lightweight rig is built for European operations
New rig takes advantage of proven technologies to increase well value
Drilling Onshore America Conference Preview

 DOWNHOLE FLUIDS

High performance water-base fluids improve drilling
Deep gas drilling fluid challenges
R&D validates effectiveness of aphron drilling fluids
Drilling fluid eliminates sag, other weight problems

 Features

PDO’s Haz-ID contrasts safe/unsafe procedures
Malta becoming logistical jump-off point for Libya
Basic Energy Services gets its feet wet with inland dill barges
DEA projects updated at 2005 first quarter meeting
IADC World Drilling 2005 is set for 9-10 June in Rome

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