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May/June 2008

Offshore Drilling
Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where risks are big but rewards can be bigger
by Linda Hsieh, Assistant Managing editor
3-year study concludes industry needs stronger focus on asset integrity
by Taf Powell, International Regulators Forum
Operator investments add to confidence in Gulf
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing Editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Challenges evolve for directional drilling through salt in deepwater Gulf of Mexico
by R.R. Israel, Schlumberger, Et Al
Arctic Drilling
Advances in MWD, LWD, SWD continue to give drillers ever-clearer downhole pictures
Onshore Drilling
US land drilling kicks into high gear, prepares for brisk year
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Mixed fleet approach to land drilling allows rigs to perform in optimum range
by Ronald Buell, Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions
High-torque top drives enhance drilling in shallow, long-reach horizontal and deep vertical wells
Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations
Multi-technical MPD concept, comprehensive planning extend HPHT targets on Kvitebjorn
by Svein Syltøy, StatoilHydro, Et Al
Drill Pipe
What really happens to high-strength drill pipe after exposure to sour gas environment?
by HF Spoerker, OMV E&P, Et Al
Complex well profiles in ERD, ultra-ERD push for extended capabilities in drill pipe performance
by Lou Elliott, Vam Drilling, Et Al
Downhole Fluids
Operators raise downhole fluids expectations as they push boundaries with HPHT, ERD wells
Mesophase technology leads to new fluids for cased hole remediation optimized displacement
Completions
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Innovative systems enhance ability to achieve selective isolated production in horizontal wells exclusive
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Drilling Engineering Association
DEA opens new opportunities to take part in cutting-edge technology research
IADC Connection
Guest Editorial: Magne Ogenedal, PSA Norway
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