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Life extension for mobile offshore unites: How old is too old?

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

By Gerhard Ersdal, Arne Kvitrud, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway; Wayne Jones, Malcolm Birkinshaw, UK Health and Safety Executive Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series of articles that will focus on the critical issue of asset integrity. The International Regulators Forum kicked off the series in the May/June 2008 issue, presenting findings […]

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New Drillers Course provides required training in period of rapid promotions for drilling crews

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

Murchison Drilling Schools (MDS) recently introduced its new five-day Drillers Course, which aims to equip assistant drillers (AD) with the technical tools needed to become an effective driller, and to ensure that drillers have the technical knowledge necessary to be proficient in his current position and to excel as a toolpusher in the future. The […]

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Gulf of Thailand drilling/completion both high tech and high volume, with HSE as core value

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

By Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher Drilling in the Gulf of Thailand (GOT) is not only high-volume work, but presents considerable technical drilling-and-completion challenges. Chevron, the major operator in the GOT, drills some 40% of its global footage there – that’s right, 40%. In 2007, that constituted 3.7 million ft and 310 wells, and the […]

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Permanent magnet motors lead way to better power efficiency, safety on cranes, winches

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Efficient Rig

By Hege Kverneland, National Oilwell Varco Recognized around the world as a leader in technology-driven drilling solutions, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has kept its focus on commercializing permanent magnet motor technology and developing innovative applications for its use. The Lifting and Handling Group’s latest technological development is the new all-electric King Post Crane using permanent […]

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Lifting Safety: Inexperienced employees, deepwater/subsea projects push lifting challenges to new

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

“The challenges have shifted,” said Mike Brasic, who retired from BP in May 2008 as lifting adviser and as HSE manager for BP Sakhalin. First, there’s the people problem. “The level of experience among employees has gone down as the level of activity has gone up. That’s presenting challenges with competency that the industry must […]

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CNPC tours Diamond Offshore training facility

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

Representatives from China National Petroleum Offshore Engineering (CNPOE), a subgroup of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), received a tour and demonstrations of state-of-the-art training equipment and simulators at Diamond Offshore’s Houston training facility in late March. A.J. Guiteau, corporate manager of training and development for Diamond, first led a discussion of the company’s training initiatives, […]

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Odfjell Drilling pursues responsible, green rigs with integrated operations, onshore support

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It cannot be denied that drilling contractors are involved in an extractive industry where it is not possible to put back what has been taken out…

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HSE Corner: Aker facility features 3D simulator for realistic training

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

It’s easy to find manufacturers willing to sell you their equipment, but it’s oftentimes harder to find manufacturers willing to invest in a high-tech training facility that will provide…

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Industry’s global nature means culture, language, regional laws are relevant in QHSE reporting

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Have you reviewed your accident investigation policy recently? Probably not. Or maybe you know it by heart. Perhaps you wrote it or contributed amendments to it…

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Low-emissions generator uses catalyst system to reduce NOx, meet regulatory standards

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Standards are a part of our complicated world – ASTM, ANSI, ISO, BS, DIN, SAE, SPE, API, EPA, CARB are just a few acronyms in the alphabet soup of standards…

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