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Garvin: Systems, processes must be in place to keep workers safe as rigs go back to work

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It’s been approximately 20 months since the downturn began, and uncertainty persists over how much longer the market will remain depressed. Dayrates are down by approximately 40% on average, and many contractors are operating on negative margins. Some have even been pushed out of the market altogether, Mike Garvin, Senior Vice President, Operation Support at Patterson-UTI, said at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 31 August in Houston. “Back at the peak, there were 171 drilling contractors operating at least one rig in the United States. Today, we're at 87, so half of the drilling contractors have quit working over the last two years,” he said.

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‘Keep It in the Ground’ advocates fail to recognize energy reality, industry advances

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As we enter the latter half of the year, it is quite clear that 2016 has been an across-the-board difficult year for the global oil and gas industry. Rig counts are down, oil prices are down, and companies are still fighting to weather the downturn. It can feel like a never-ending wave of dismal news.

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Enhanced well control course integrates technical training with simulator exercises, human factors

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IADC is developing a new accreditation program for enhanced well control training that emphasizes human factors and enhanced simulation-based exercises. Between January and July of this year, Rowan Companies and Maersk Training piloted a course that could serve as a basis for this program.

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Willy Brandt receives IADC Exemplary Service Award

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At the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon on 15 June, IADC President and CEO Jason McFarland presented an Exemplary Service Award to Willy Brandt, who recently retired from Transocean as VP of Customer Accounts and Advisor to the COO. Mr Brandt has worked in the industry for more than four decades and has held various positions in both headquarters and field assignments in locales such as West Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US. During his career, Mr Brandt served as Chairman and member of the IADC North Sea Chapter from 1990 to 1997 and was a member of the IADC World Drilling Program Committee from 2007 to 2016. He was also a member of the High-Pressure, High-Temperature Workgroup North Sea in 1989 and a member of the IADC Rig Safety Group in 1980. “I would like to thank the IADC to have been given the opportunity to work with great people – great collaboration,” Mr Brandt said. “When I look back, I can only look at it with great pleasure.”

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DC visit, Texas Rule 13 among key government affairs issues impacting onshore drilling

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IADC and onshore drilling contractor members visited Washington, DC, in April to engage with members of Congress and OSHA on issues that are impacting the industry. “We used this opportunity to refresh and reset IADC’s presence on Capitol Hill,” said Liz Craddock, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. IADC has also continued to advocate for onshore drilling contractors at the state level...

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IADC UBO/MPD Committee update: Additional RPs, RCD testing standards under way

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Promoting the safe and efficient execution of underbalanced operations (UBO) and managed pressure drilling (MPD) continues to be the primary objective of the IADC UBO/MPD Committee. Committee Chairman Per Cato Berg, Leading MPD Advisor for Statoil, provided an update on the committee’s work over the past year...

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CNH, IADC discuss regulations for Mexico’s upstream industry

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Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) met with IADC on 9 March to obtain industry input on CNH’s regulatory priorities. Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina, the President Commissioner of CNH, said he hopes the cooperation between the two groups will help CNH to develop more robust regulations for Mexico’s upstream industry. In this video, filmed during CNH’s visit to Houston, Mr Zepeda outlines CNH’s goals for the coming year and its efforts to be a transparent and reliable organization that will earn the trust of the Mexican people. Read more about CNH’s plans and activities in the May/June issue of Drilling Contractor, due out the first week of May.

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IADC author Sweatman honored by AADE

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Ronald E. Sweatman, author of “Well Cementing Operations,” published in 2015 by IADC, was inducted into the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Hall of Fame on 12 April. Mr Sweatman was recognized “for his significant contributions to the advancement of cementing and other well services through patented technologies and numerous publications,” AADE stated. The induction occurred during the AADE 2016 National Fluids Technical Conference, held 12-13 April in Houston. “This is a great honor,” Mr Sweatman remarked. “I am very happy to know that my industry service and technical achievements have been appreciated by the AADE and others, like IADC, SPE and API.” “Well Cementing Operations” is the most comprehensive and in-depth treatment of cementing available. The book covers ...

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