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Case study: Culture of performance drives Iraqi drilling campaign

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The giant Majnoon oilfield in Iraq was discovered in 1975 by Braspetro (Petrobras). It is located in southern Iraq, 60 km (37 miles) from Basra. Multiple reservoirs contain an estimated…

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ERD advances push limits on Chayvo wells

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The second drilling campaign at the Chayvo field, located offshore Sakhalin Island, targeted a new reservoir zone using extended-reach wells from onshore. A total of four oil producers…

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Completions system adds secondary barrier to block annular flow

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

A good cement job is the primary barrier for effective zonal isolation and is the standard industry method to protect the wellbore from unwanted and dangerous influxes of…

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Multistage stimulation: One size doesn’t fit all

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, CurrentFeatures, Features, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

All the world’s a stage, except when it comes to unconventionals. This is a world of many stages, upwards of 50 in some regions, where fast-developing technologies, innovative…

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MPD/UBD successfully drills sidetrack after 6 failed conventional drilling attempts

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

In the Brookeland Field in East Texas, conventional drilling methods failed in six attempts to drill a “straightforward” horizontal wellbore. The original well had surface casing installed…

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Pacific Drilling integrates ‘disruptive’ DGD technology into 7th-generation drillship

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

A disruptive technology is one that “gets its start away from the mainstream of a market and, then, as its functionality improves over time, invades the main market,” as defined by Harvard…

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Integrated sand control modeling aids GOM multizone frac-pack

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

In sandstone reservoirs, sand control is especially vital. Unexpected sand production can lead to erosion, loss of well integrity and other safety concerns. This is particularly…

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Keeping sand at bay

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

When it comes to sand control, a misstep comes at a high price. The industry is increasingly realizing the significance of investing time and resources from the very beginning…

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Paradigm launches miniature coiled-tubing system

Posted on 05 March 2014 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, The Offshore Frontier

Paradigm Flow Services has launched Flexi-Coil Extended Reach for riser and flowline blockage remediation and internal inspection. Conventional methods to remediate riser…

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Subsea innovations: Building reliability into complex, high-risk world

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

In the high-risk subsea world, innovation has historically been driven by safety, reliability, economics and efficiency. Now operators have added a new watchword to their…

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