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Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, a businessman and philanthropist whose business spanned multiple continents and industries, from Europe to North America, from the airline industry to oil and gas, died 16 April in Copenhagen at the age of 98…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

A Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale held in June attracted more than $1.7 billion in high bids for tracts on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A total of 56 offshore energy companies submitted 593 bids on 454 tracts covering more than 2.4 billion acres, the US Interior Department announced…

News Cuttings

Posted on 02 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

Approximately 400 IADC members and guests attended the IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) annual safety awards dinner in Aberdeen on 11 May, celebrating what has been one of the safest years on record for offshore drilling contractors…

Are we laggards in technology adoption?

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher We pride ourselves on innovation, but are actually laggards at technology adoption. “The oil and gas industry tends to have a technology adoption cycle of roughly 30 years from concept to 50% market penetration,” remarked Dustin Torkay, Seadrill, IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee vice chairman-Future Technology, adding that […]

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Latshaw Drilling Co recently added Rig 18 to its fleet. The rig is a 1,700-hp diesel-electric/SCR rig with a 500-ton AC top drive unit and is skiddable for multiwell pad drilling…

News Cuttings

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Brian Maness, Diamond Offshore Drilling, and Goran Andersson, Chevron, were honored on 7 March…

HSE&T Corner: Security programs must incorporate terrorism prevention, crisis management

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

History has shown we cannot prevent terrorist acts from occurring. However, we can minimize the destruction…

Drilling Ahead: ‘Interesting times’ well met by IADC leaders

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this column, fondly and sadly bidding farewell to my longtime boss and friend Dr Lee Hunt, while welcoming with cheery anticipation his successor Stephen Colville. Lee has served this industry as IADC president since 1990, and as an IADC staffer for six years prior. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to work with Lee for more than 21 years…

HSET Corner: Shifting gears from a culture of training to a culture of competence assurance

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

The introduction of new technologies, crews and regulations are affecting the way companies are approaching training and development. Competency assurance programs (CAPs) are gaining popularity and guiding a shift from a culture of training to a culture of competence. “It’s really about demonstration,” Martin Payne, technical director – Americas for Petrofac Training Services, said at the 2012 IADC Health, Safety, Environment and Training Conference & Exhibition on 7 February in Houston. “It’s not just about going and doing training. It’s really about ‘Don’t tell me, show me.’ ”

HSE&T corner: Eight steps to grow the right people

Posted on 16 January 2012 in 2012, Departments, January/February

To increase retention of new employees, Patterson-UTI Drilling set aside traditional training approaches and implemented a multifaceted program to grow their own…

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