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May/June 2011

Offshore Activities & Technology
A year after Macondo: the New World of drilling
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Tide is turning on offshore drilling: Drilling contractors prepare for anticipated rise in activity, dayrates with newbuild orders
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future
by Tom Kellock, ODS-Petrodata
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Wellbore hydraulics R&D supports evolution in Brazil’s deepwater, pre-salt
by A.L. Martins, A.F.L. Aragão, P.E. Aranha, M.G Folsta and A.T.A. Waldmann, Petrobras
Onshore Drilling
Shale drilling, a well-oiled machine: Rig technologies key enablers in factory approach to drilling
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing Editor
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Analysis: Global land rig demand may reach 7,300 by 2015
by Georgie Macfarlan, Andrew Reid, Rod Westwood and Matt Loffman, Douglas-Westwood
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Open-hole packers may help isolate faults in multistage fracturing tight formations
by Dan Themig, Packers Plus Energy Services
Technology advances push greener side of fracing/Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks
by Diane Langley, Editorial Coordinator
Regional Focus: Middle East
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Despite political strife, rise expected in Middle East drilling
by Diane Langley, editorial coordinator
Unique use of HSE mentality gets results at Kuwait Oil Company
by Mohannad Al-Mehailani, Khaled Al-Hindi, Ashis Gohain, Saleh Muqeem, Safi Akhtar, Abdulwahab Al-Rakdan, Kuwait Oil Company
Completions
HPHT completions: always a moving target
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Managing Environmental Risks
JIP aims to minimize environmental risks, coastal impact through technology
by Jerry Greenberg, Contributing Editor
IADC Connection
Editorial: Dismantling our industry, rig by rig
by Samuel Giberga, Hornbeck Offshore Services
Wirelines
News Cuttings
Departments
Drilling Ahead: Kids find joy in oil and gas
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
HSE Corner: Plume modeling study quantifies risk of H2S release in exploration drilling
by Michael Bates, Risktec Solutions
People, Companies and Products
EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
Perspectives: Kristin Falk, Ocean Riser Systems – Tackling the ‘undrillable’ through MPD