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Rather than wait for contractual mandates, drilling contractors must seek innovation proactively

Efficiency gains will be speedier, more cost effective if drilling companies lead collaborative efforts with operators to develop performance-enhancing solutions By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Leif Nelson is Chief Operational Officer and Senior VP for Seadrill. What do you see for the offshore drilling market in 2019? We still see the industry being very constrained and very conservative. The good news is we are starting to see some tendering activity, mostly for work starting in late 2019 through 2021 or 2022. We also see some operators trying to take long-term advantage of today’s pricing, which is another good indicator. However, I think the industry will continue to be very challenged for the next two to three years. There’s still too much ...

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Altus Intervention invests in smart simulation technology

Altus Intervention UK is investing in a new state-of-the-art training simulator to boost the safety and competency of its personnel in the field. The new MultiSIM portable well intervention simulator developed by advanced simulator manufacturer, Drilling Systems, will be installed at Altus Intervention’s UK facilities in Portlethen...

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Deep Casing Tools launches unique technology to market

Following a rigorous research and development program, Aberdeen-headquartered casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools, has launched a completely new, unique tool to the well construction market. The mechanically lockable Drill Pipe Swivel has been developed, tested and brought to market by the firm’s in-house engineering team. Using their extensive industry knowledge and experience, the team have created a unique and innovative tool which addresses the challenges inherent in landing completions and liners at target depth. The patent pending tool has been robustly tested across a range of settings and circumstances. In addition to life and workshop testing, the Drill Pipe Swivel has also been tested in tension, under compression, and under a severe dogleg, and for extended periods of time. Throughout this process, the ...

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2018 IADC efforts in advocacy, training, safety all providing direct, positive impact

By Steven Brady, 2018 IADC Chairman It has been my honor to serve as your IADC Chairman in 2018. As Chairman, I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet a diverse slice of our membership. As we close out this year, I am thankful for those experiences. They showed me that, as an industry, we share the same goals of safety and efficiency. I began the year with a promise that our association would continue to focus on things that our industry has identified as key to our continued success – safety, environmental stewardship, technical resources and advocacy. It was an ambitious and lofty goal, as each of these areas is vast and technically difficult to achieve. Yet, through ...

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Shell bolsters well control training with incorporation of human factors principles

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Shell is forging ahead with its Leading Advanced Well Control and Front-line Barrier Manager programs, which both incorporate human factors/crew resource management, as the operator seeks to reach its goal of working without any incidents. Such training courses have come a long way since the late 1990s, when they used to focus on topics such as deepwater or high-pressure, high-temperature operations; always purely technical in nature. Now, the courses are still technical, according to Mark van de Velden, Wells Learning Advisor, Shell Global Solutions. But they encompass much more simulation exercises where participants can be observed and coached on their human factors skills. These courses have been developed based on the International Association of Oil and ...

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Risk aversion shouldn’t be used as excuse not to innovate

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The drilling industry stands at the doorstep to a vast digital transformation. Yet, in many ways, it remains hesitant to fully cross the threshold. On the other side is Industry 4.0, characterized by things like smart machines, artificial intelligence, data-enabled efficiency and decentralized decision making. To take that great leap, it’s become apparent that leadership commitment to change will be key. So it was exciting when the head of an onshore drilling contractor stood up at a recent IADC conference and delivered a definitive call to action: Let go of old mindsets; don’t be a “smart follower” but an “early adopter.” Not only that, but he also laid out a path forward to Drilling 4.0 ...

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Even amidst recovery, impact of oil price crash reverberates as investors press companies to increase returns by cutting costs

Personnel shortages also being felt at multiple skill levels, with many employees wary of returning to a cyclical industry By Rick Von Flatern, Contributer For nearly two years, the drilling industry has been in a painfully slow recovery mode, and prospects for 2019 appear to be more of the same. In the latter half of 2014, average global oil prices went from a dizzying $100/bbl to just more than $50 by year’s end. By the start of 2017, oil prices had hit a low of about $20/bbl. In the ensuing two years, oil prices have trended up toward $70, where it remains today. In the years leading up to the oil price crash, drilling contractors had invested billions of dollars ...

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BSEE issues safety alert resulting from recent risk-based inspection

The US BSEE has issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels. Fired vessels are hydrocarbon-processing vessels on offshore oil and gas facilities with self-contained, natural or forced draft burners.

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Oil Spill Response Limited enhances air freight capability for capping stacks

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) completed an air transport test flight of a fully assembled subsea capping stack for the first time. The demonstrated expertise has the potential to significantly reduce capping stack mobilization times, and represents the realization of a key objective for OSRL and all those involved in its Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS). “At OSRL, part of our mission is to constantly identify new ways to better support our members and adapt to their changing requirements through new technology, equipment and processes,” Matt Clements, OSRL’s Director of SWIS, said. “From our leading role working with the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP), to the recent development of our Offset Installation System for subsea wells, to today and the realization of another major achievement, we are continuing to lead and demonstrate the value we ...

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