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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, January/February

Accurate frac placements cut time on Oklahoma well. The Baker Hughes FracPoint multipoint (MP) system with DirectConnect ports has reduced total frac time on a 4,500-ft…

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Marta Lafuente, Vallourec: Industry acceptance of innovation is priceless

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, January/February

Working in the oil and gas industry was not in Marta Lafuente’s plans when she began her engineering career in France, focusing primarily on steel manufacturing. However…

Drilling Ahead: New initiatives and new look for IADC

Posted on 20 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

When the American Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (AAODC) refreshed its brand in 1972, morphing into IADC, it replaced “American” with “International” and…

Louis Romo, BP: Finding common ground to advance deepwater well control practices

Posted on 05 November 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

For Louis Romo, segment technical authority – well control for BP, a career in the oil and gas industry was the result of a series of fortunate but…

Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

In the Middle East, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) was experiencing heavy mud losses while drilling a well in an onshore carbonate reservoir…

People, Companies and Products

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

Larry Dickerson, president and CEO of Diamond Offshore Drilling, will retire after more than 30 years of service, the company announced…

Drilling Ahead: IADC, API tackle people, safety – See DC’s webcasts

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

People and safety top the industry’s priority list. Not exactly a news flash, true. As I wrote in the September/October 2013 DC, well control is back with a…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 28 October 2013 in 2013, Departments, November/December

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackups. The rig is contracted to work…

Drilling Ahead: Taking competency, well control to new levels

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

It’s baaa-aack! Well control, that is. IADC began organizing well control conferences in 1990, and DC has for decades dedicated…

Mark Denkowski: Passion for training reflected in expansion of IADC accreditation programs

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, September/October

After trekking two miles along a raised, wooden pathway in Papua New Guinea in 1978, Mark Denkowski found himself by the roots of

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