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May/June 2017

Offshore Market & Technologies
Glimmer of optimism as offshore learns to do more with less
Simplified well designs, integration of services helping to push operators’ full-cycle returns higher despite low oil price, but more rig retirements are needed and new compensation models must be considered
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
Noble Drilling develops electrically operated BOP with reduced system complexity, increased reliability
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator
Modifications of Jones Act rulings would be costly for US, industry
API report: Proposal by CBP could lead to significant declines in oil and gas activities and production, translating to job losses and declining GDP
IBP: Brazil is ‘on the right track’ with changes to local content, tax regimes, environmental licensing
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Operator/contractor collaboration results in lightweight drilling package for long-term P&A campaign
by Jean-Christophe Le Guen, Sapura Energy
Project management approach to DWOP exercise provides a more holistic view of rig performance
by Precious Nwokoma and Xander Knobben, Huisman Equipment
ABS survey highlights safety concerns over wear on jacking gear of jackups over 30 years old
by Dave Forsyth, ABS
Regional Focus: Gulf of Mexico
Operators, contractors ready to make a splash in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico following successful deepwater auction, farm-out
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
Onshore Drilling
US onshore continues ramp-up, but dayrates remain near bottom
Market remains competitive as contractors seek to upgrade rig fleets, hire and train new personnel while maintaining safety performance
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
Drill bit adapts depth-of-cut control to mitigate stick-slip, enhance ROP
by Jayesh R. Jain, Gregory Ricks, L. W. Ledgerwood III and Anthony Phillips, Baker Hughes
Completions
Automation of surface equipment, dissolvable and shorter plugs push efficiency of fracturing operations
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Petrobras finds success in using adapted MPD techniques for deepwater completions operations
by Eduardo Schnitzler, André Alonso Fernandes, Carolina Bertholdo da Cunha, Fernando Salatiel de Oliveira, Guilherme Siqueira Vanni, Ricardo Freire Grandi, Roger Savoldi Roman and Rafael Almeida de Jesus, Petrobras
Automation
Selective standardization approach could help industry sidestep market barriers, achieve full automation
by Ekaterina Minyaeva, OTM Consulting
Computer vision system developed to optimize tripping operations
by Ylva S. Vintervold, Marianne Holmstrøm, Hugo L. Rosano and Stephen Forrester, National Oilwell Varco
IADC Connection
Guest Editorial: Meetings with legislators, regulators forge relationships for industry advocacy
by Mike Garvin, IADC Division VP North America Onshore
News Cuttings
Wirelines
Departments
Drilling Ahead: Study – ‘Keep It in the Ground’ will trash economy
by Mike Killalea, Editor/Publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: Risk assessment, defining event categories among key steps in Atwood Oceanic’s development of process safety framework
by Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Trent Martin, Transocean – Industry’s embrace of data-driven approach to drilling optimization means it’s a great time to be an offshore engineer
by Eva Vigh, Editorial Coordinator