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5th edition ballot of API Standard 53 issued; comments due by 21 February

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The 5th edition ballot of API Standard 53, "Blowout Prevention Equipment Systems for Drilling Wells," has been issued and can be found here. This proposed edition features new language applicable to onshore BOP equipment. Comments can be submitted via API's website using ballot ID 4329. Anyone can comment on a letter ballot, and all ballot responses are due on or before 21 February 2018...

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Secretary Zinke announces plan for unleashing America’s offshore oil and gas potential

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US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024, which proposes to make over 90% of the total OCS acreage and more than 98% of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to consider for future exploration and development. By comparison, the current program puts 94% of the OCS off limits. In addition, the program proposes the largest number of lease sales in US history...

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IADC to open Supply Chain Committee to wider industry participation

The IADC Supply Chain Committee has expanded membership participation to include non-drilling contractors to widen the exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing in upcoming meetings. Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee, hopes to see increased committee engagement in 2018 from service providers, equipment manufacturers and onshore drilling contractors, he said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas on 9 November.

The IADC Supply Chain Committee, established in 2013 as a drillers-only group, is now inviting non-drilling contractors to participate in upcoming meetings and bring new ideas for projects, said Ensco’s Jorge Lebrija, who serves as Chairman of the committee. The purpose of the Supply Chain Committee is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge sharing and interaction amongst drilling contractors, suppliers and other IADC groups, with the aim of implementing best practices for the betterment of the drilling industry. “It’s about the implementation of best practices and standardization,” Mr Lebrija said at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November. “We’re not here to reinvent the wheel.”..

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Thomas Burke named 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year

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Dr Thomas Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has been named 2017 IADC Contractor of Year in recognition of his leadership and service to the industry. He accepted the award at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Austin, Texas. “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC,” Dr Burke said in accepting the award. “What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.” Dr Burke thanked the other members of the IADC Executive Committee, as well as IADC staff, noting that “it all seems to work like magic, but there’s ...

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IADC Exemplary Service Awards honor Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee

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Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee were honored with IADC Exemplary Service Awards (ESAs) at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 9 November in Austin, Texas. The ESAs recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, in the course of their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology....

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ART Committee considers data quality challenges, electronic DDR

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The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is moving forward with new projects on several fronts, including an initiative to digitize daily drilling reports (DDRs). In this video with DC, Robin Macmillan, Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, talks about potential future work plans being discussed within the ART group, as well as findings from an audience poll taken at the 2017 IADC ART Conference, held 24-25 October in Amsterdam.

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Blockchain technology may contribute to evolution of drilling data sharing

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The current model of data sharing in the drilling industry is broken, Andrew Bruce, CEO of DataGumbo, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Amsterdam on 25 October. In this video with DC, Mr Bruce discusses how data sharing might evolve in the coming years, as well as alternative models for data sharing that are being enabled by emerging technologies like Blockchain. Also, read Mr Bruce’s article about data ownership and sharing from the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of DC.

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