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Automated system provides well control for extreme drilling environments, enhances MPD

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Efficient Rig

The essence of well control is information. Ideally, downhole information facilitates a knowledgeable, expert response to prevent a costly or even…

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When is the right time for training? The answer is always ‘now,’ and the well blowout stats prove it

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

When 2,000 rigs were out in the field in 2008, drilling contractors barely had time to scratch, let alone think about sending their employees off…

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‘Biofouling’ is tip of green iceberg

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

“Biofouline” is the latest environmental hobgoblin impacting global industries and the world, but it is just the tip of the green iceberg. Biofouling is the…

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Relief well case study: Modified drillers method used as intervention alternative to bullheading

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

This article summarizes the innovative use of a relief well as a cost-effective and safe alternative for a non-blowout well control intervention.

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Well control faces new complexities with deep, HPHT, horizontal, deepwater, multiwell drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

There have been many advances in the drilling industry in the last 20 years. What was once the exotic has now become routine. Some examples are:

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Snubbing power tong could be cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

In oil and gas recovery operations, tubular members are usually run or pulled using a workover rig or a snubbing unit. Workover rigs are basically small…

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Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

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Pride underscores training, safety commitment with new facility in France featuring rig, test well

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Pride International’s commitment to training runs deep, a company culture in a land where learning runs back through the centuries. In the land…

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Telemedicine technologies enhance offshore healthcare, reduce illness-related departures

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Today, HSE decision-makers are looking to create a healthier and more productive workforce while reducing overall medical costs. This challenge escalates as…

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New lifeboat design replaces hook system with drop-in-ball technology to improve safety

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It’s logical – a lifeboat is supposed to save lives, not cause deaths or injuries. Then why were people in the maritime and offshore industry continually getting…

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