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MPD opens door to new well control options in deepwater

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is recognized as a key enabling technology for drilling challenging wells. The ability to monitor and control volume…

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Safety, versatility drive servicing innovations

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December, Onshore Advances

With an estimated 168 billion bbls of oil in place, the prolific oil sands of Alberta and British Columbia have been a pivotal factor in Canada’s ranking as one of the world’s top oil-rich nations. Abundant with bitumen, with a typical well producing as much as 2,500 bbl/day of oil…

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HSE&T Corner: Avoiding complacency through chronic unease can help ensure process safety

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

Dr Ronald McLeod, global discipline lead for human factors at Shell, wants to help the drilling industry tap into “chronic unease.” Being chronically…

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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…

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European Commission: Public skepticism tops myriad challenges for shale gas prospects

Posted on 30 October 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

Turning shale gas production into reality in Europe depends largely on geology, the market and, most importantly…

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BP supercomputing center to aid safer exploration drilling, enable better well placement

Posted on 30 October 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News

BP has opened a new Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) that the company says houses the…

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14 November webinar to focus on accelerating ‘time to competence’

Posted on 30 October 2013 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

IADC will air a new webinar, “How to build a performance-ready engineer,” on 14 November. …

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OSRL containment system to be response-ready by end of 2014

Posted on 30 October 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

Industry cooperative Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) announced in September an effort to develop a subsea containment system to supplement its capping stack, dispersant and debris-clearing toolboxes. …

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Setting industry standards

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The IADC Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) project is nearing completion. With a database comprising core competencies for more than 70 rig-based positions, the IADC KSAs provide a tool for the industry to demonstrate their personnel’s qualifications…

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Integrating learning, operations

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Noble Corporation has launched a new facility in Sugar Land, Texas, that offers state-of-the-art simulator and classroom training, as well as space…

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