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Oman KCA DEUTAG celebrates safety milestone

Posted on 11 November 2009 in Drilling It Safely, News, Onshore Advances

Oman KCA DEUTAG reached a major milestone in its 46-year history in October this year: For the first time, the company has completed one year without…

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From the chairman: It’s time to push forward on environmental performance; benchmarking will be 1st step

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

As 2009 chairman of IADC, the time is approaching when I begin to take stock of the year that has almost passed. While it is premature to write a close-out report…

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Web-, computer-based well control program provides cost-driven, self-paced training

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, November/December

As we address the uncertainties of future activities in the oil and gas industry, the constant remains with the need to drive down lifting costs for operators…

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Modified BIBO, LOT applied to trip out from deep HPHT well with simultaneous loss, ballooning

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

The leak off test (LOT) and barrel in – barrel out (BIBO) procedures were modified and applied successfully to trip a very deep high-pressure, high-temperature…

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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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