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Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

At its Perdido Development, Shell recently completed the installation of the drilling and production platform atop a 555-ft cylindrical spar floating in about 8,000 ft of water…

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D&C News

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

StatoilHydro has acquired a 40% stake in 50 blocks from BHP Billiton in the frontier DeSoto Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico. “DeSoto Canyon is a mostly unexplored region…

Drilling Ahead: When the recovery? Curmudgeon Pessimist or Unrepentant Optimist?

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, May/June

This is a tough old industry, with more than its share of ups and downs – particularly the downs, which historically have wielded an iron upper hand. One of the recurring wonders…

Drilling Ahead: IADC Advanced Rig Tech group ‘imagines’ end to downtime

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Ah, yes, you may call me a dreamer. But – with apologies to John Lennon – the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee is doing everything it can in its small way to approach this reality…

D&C News

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Tullow Oil announced that the Tweneboa-1 exploration well, in the Deepwater Tano licence offshore Ghana, has discovered a significant highly pressured, light hydrocarbon accumulation…

D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Helix Energy Solutions Group recently completed installation of drilling equipment on its MODU Q4000 multi-service vessel, equipped with a DP-3 system…

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Apache chairman and CEO G Steven Farris has formed an office of the chief executive with three executives reporting to him: Roger B Plank, CFO since 1997…

Perspectives: David Reid, National Oilwell Varco

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

In what David Reid calls the “inventing/creating world” in his head, there are definitive ideas about how things should be and strong opinions about right and wrong…

Oman training center supports safety, operational goals

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The Nabors International Oman Training Center (OTC) in Muscat, which began operating 12 years ago, originally trained rig mechanics and electricians…

Drilling Ahead

Posted on 17 January 2009 in 2009, Departments, January/February

This is the downturn everyone expected. They just didn’t expect it so soon. Anyone with a sense of history of the oil and gas business is wise to the reality that a ceaseless upward cycle just is not in the cards. The cards always come tumbling down…

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