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Suzanne Browne, ENSCO: There’s no substitute for the drilling contracting business

In a way, Suzanne Browne, a senior account manager with ENSCO Offshore, grew up around the oil industry. She was raised in Tulsa, Okla., when it was still a big oilfield town. And her mother worked for Gulf Oil (now Chevron) for more than 30 years in the downstream segment. Her mother’s successful career left a good impression of the industry on Ms Browne, but going into college at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1980s, she recalled having no specific intentions of becoming a second-generation oilfield worker. In fact, she said she ended up picking economics as her major because it provided a variety of different career options. “It seemed like it would open up a lot of ...

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Money no object’ if faster, better wells the result

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher “Money is no object” – for technology to deliver wells efficiently, say operators hungry for practical, groundbreaking tools for well construction. “If it’s something that will deliver wells and deliver them fast, (funding and development) will happen,” declared an operator to whom, clearly, new and effective technology is near and dear to the heart. Field trials for new tools have been a struggle to achieve, service firms say. But with today’s pressure to produce, word is that some operators will lend wells for testing new equipment. “If you want to try something in a few wells, come on,” said Morris Keene, director-drilling engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas Central Drilling Group (Oxy), and Chairman ...

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News Cuttings

North Sea Chapter donates to UK charities The Oil Chaplaincy Trust and the Anthony Nolan Trust have been selected as charities that will receive funds collected at the North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards. A total of £4,660 was raised through personal and company donations and with the chapter’s pledge to match all funds raised. NSC chairman Steve Rae of Seawell led a cheque presentation at UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy offices. Ex-officio NSC vice chairman Roger Hodgson of KCA DEUTAG and John Davies of Odfjell Drilling were also present. The Rev Andrew Jolly of the Oil Chaplaincy Trust expressed his thanks to the IADC and all those who contributed at the awards dinner for their continuing support. IFECM ...

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Wirelines

EPA may draft national cbm regulations The US Environmental Protection Agency indicated it’s on the path to formulating national regulations for coalbed methane (CBM) operations under the Clean Water Act. IPAA and five other major national trade associations, including IADC, joined by 38 state producer trade groups, have vigorously protested this initiative as unwarranted, and reiterated opposition in an 8 August comment to the docket. Industry cited the fact that EPA has not demonstrated that there is an environmental problem warranting national regulations. Moreover, the long-established National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) provides a reliable and tested framework, structured to delegate the permitting process to state regulatory agencies. IADC group, Indonesian tax reps meet An IADC delegation, led by Lane ...

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IADC operations push forward with focus on improving drilling efficiency worldwide

It’s been another exciting and challenging year as IADC strives to fulfill the needs of an intensely demanding and always-evolving industry. In government affairs, for example, we continue to provide critical input on the EU’s Working Time Directive and critical court appeals that will impact day-to-day drilling operations. Our accreditation & certification department is further expanding its portfolio of services as the wider industry works to ensure the competency of our workers. Regulatory issues – such as the emerging biofouling challenge in Australia – have been closely monitored so that members won’t be caught short by unfair or unreasonable rules. We’re also pushing ahead with vital initiatives such as Career Connection, the Environmental Policy Advisory Panel and the newly set-up ...

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American reality TV show doesn’t come close to portraying the reality of industry’s rigs

By Joe Leimkuhler, Shell E&P If you have not seen the TV series “Black Gold” (broadcast on the TruTV channel on American television), you may have heard about it. Based on online reviews and trailers, the show appears to have attracted quite a following:  Variety: “It’s undeniably entertaining.” Dallas Morning News: “… You’ve got a show that’s at once an amalgam of every good-ol’-boy cliché and utterly authentic.” To the average person unfamiliar with a well-run drilling operation, the show is captivating and interesting. However, it is also wrong on so many levels. In the view of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), this show is a disgrace to our industry. “Black Gold” does not represent the efficient, safe ...

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IADC ASP Report: Industry achieved record-low LTI rate in 2007

The drilling industry set another record with the lowest ever lost-time incidence (LTI) rate of 0.53 in 2007, a 5% improvement over 0.56 in 2006. The number of fatalities decreased as well, from 29 in 2006 to 23 in 2007. These are worthy achievements in an industry where rig demand continues to increase, as do pressure on personnel. Still, 23 lives lost is 23 too many, and every incident remains a cause for concern and a reason for improvement. Data in this report were provided voluntarily by drilling contractors for the IADC ASP Program, which has tracked safety and accident information for the drilling industry since 1962. During 2007, 111 contractors representing approximately 78% of the worldwide oil and gas ...

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Derek Morrow, Atwood Oceanics: From Scotsman to Aussie, he’s never looked back

Derek Morrow isn’t someone who likes to move backwards. At 20, he left his native Scotland and his mechanical engineering studies for the island of Jersey off the French coast. After seven years there – during which he became a junior partner in a small but successful construction and equipment hire company – he and his wife, Ros, decided it was time to move on. Rather than going back to Scotland, the adventurous couple set their sights more than 10,000 miles away and headed Down Under in 1974. Once they arrived, they fell in love with the “friendly people and wide, open spaces” and never looked back. “We’re well and truly Aussies now,” said Mr Morrow, a manager of Atwood ...

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News Cuttings

IADC holds Returning Military Campaign Job Fair at Fort Hood IADC Career Connection (ICC) held its second Returning Military Campaign (RMC) Job Fair at Fort Hood, Texas, on 14 May. It was held in conjunction with the Army Career Alumni Program Semi-Annual Job Fair, which attracted 170 companies from across the US. Ten IADC member companies participated: Bandera Drilling, Chesapeake, ENSCO, Grey Wolf Drilling, Helmerich & Payne, Nabors International, Parker Drilling, Patterson UTI, Pride International and Transocean. Recruiters met with more than 2,000 military – including artillery soldiers, infantrymen, medics, mechanics, electricians, aviators and even retiring officers – and their families. Ann Brazzel, vice president of Bandera Drilling, commented, “The young men and women at Fort Hood were a delight ...

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