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Drilling Ahead: When bad things happen to good teams

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Why do bad things happen to teams with stellar safety histories? Why is it that a rig can go along for years with outstanding HSE metrics, then one day, seemingly out of the…

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People, companies and products

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, March/April

Paul Mosvold has succeeded Marty DuBroc as President and COO of Scandrill. Mr DuBroc, who has retired, will remain as Executive Consultant for one year. The company also…

Cason Swindle, WCI: Impact of well control performance reverberates around the world

Posted on 11 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

By Lauren Wolfson, editorial assistant An ardent lover of the arts and a professional acapella singer, Cason Swindle left his dreams of running an opera company fully behind when he decided to join his father’s training company in Lafayette, La., in 2008. This was not an easy decision, but because he was third-generation oilfield, the move actually […]

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 03 March 2014 in 2014, Departments, March/April

PEMEX has awarded six-year drilling contracts to Seadrill’s West Oberon, West Intrepid, West Defender and West Courageous jackups. A fifth contract for the Prospector 3…

People, companies and products

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

Robert “Bobby” L. Parker Jr has retired from Parker Drilling after 18 years as president and CEO. Over his more than 40 years at the company, Mr Parker spearheaded the development of a strong safety culture…

Drilling & Completion News

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

Two new rigs from Latshaw Drilling began operations in December in the Permian Basin. The first is Rig #42 (pictured), a National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Ideal 1,500-hp AC rig with…

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…

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…

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