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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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A proven HSE management icon, JSAs take simple approach to keep tasks from becoming routine

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

Regardless of how many times a job is performed, it should never be considered “routine.” When a job becomes “routine,” the potential for negative consequences…

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IADC Incident Statistics Program shows industry set record-low LTI rate in ’08, but fatalities go up

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

Good news: The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 in 2008. Not-so-good news: The number of fatalities…

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NOV expands Technical College with Houston facility

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, September/October

As of Q2 2008, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was reporting a $10.8 billion backlog in capital equipment orders for its rig technology segment. Considering that more than 170 offshore drilling rigs are under construction worldwide, that backlog may not seem like such a surprising number. Still, it undoubtedly demonstrates the level of demand manufacturers and […]

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