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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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Wirelines

IADC Chairman Meets Governor on E&P Access 2008 IADC chairman John Lindsay of Helmerich & Payne joined producer representatives in a Denver meeting with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to express concerns about proposals of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to limit E&P activity in the state. Draft regulations would suspend drilling operations for three months each year, allegedly in the interest of wildlife protection. Not only would that discourage contractors from working in the state, Mr Lindsay argued, but the drilling suspension could be as long as five months, considering the time needed for rig mobilization and de-mobilization. EU Ministers Announce New Working Time Proposal After years of political impasse, EU ministers came to a political agreement ...

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Letter to the President

Dear Lee, I just wanted to send you a brief note about your Drilling Onshore Conference. I really enjoyed being there and seeing all the progress you have been making in the past seven or eight years that I have been gone. It was very impressive to see the attendance and the exhibits and the enthusiasm everyone has, your staff included. What really got me energized to write was the list of conferences that you have lined up. Wow! All over the world! I can’t imagine how you keep up. Whatever it is, keep doing it, because all the contractors will benefit if they attend. Nice going, maybe I will back again one of these days and we can visit ...

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Win-win cooperation between regulators, IADC leads to more efficient moving of MODUs

By Magne Ognedal, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway Safety regulators in North Sea countries have pursued a fruitful collaboration for several decades through the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum (NSOAF). Its members hold an annual working meeting where activities are summed up and new tasks are initiated and discussed. Most of the forum’s work is carried on through dedicated working groups. These are appointed to tackle particular challenges where the forum sees potential for enhanced efficiency if members coordinate their efforts and benefit from mutual experience and knowledge. Many of the conditions addressed by the forum have related to mobile drilling units, which often move across continental shelf boundaries. Every such move unleashes a number of administrative, inspection and supervisory activities ...

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A.J. Guiteau, Diamond Offshore: Believe in the value of training, provide quality learning

By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor A.J. Guiteau doesn’t know why, but he’s always liked education. He liked going to school and learning, so much that he earned an adult education degree from the College of Santa Fe in 1969 and then went back to high school as a teacher. But being a high school teacher didn’t turn out quite “satisfying” enough, so he took a break, returned to his hometown of New Orleans, La., and worked in the construction business. It wasn’t long before he realized that “residential construction wasn’t it.” In 1976, he heard about “a fledgling company” called Odeco, which “had a good reputation in New Orleans as a company that was growing,” he recalled. It was ...

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A New ‘Golden Age’ for R&D

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher Back in the day, as a wet-between-the-ears engineer clutching a freshly minted diploma, I joined the illustrious deep-think research arm of a major oil company, my entrée into the oil patch. Fascinating work, but, compared to my brilliant fellows, I was something of a dim bulb. I concluded I did not need to be reminded of my inadequacies on the job. Being a married man, I had a wife for that. Those days in the early 1980s was, broadly speaking, the beginning of the end for operator-funded research, and the end of the beginning for service companies to shoulder the work. After the Great Crash of 1986, oil companies largely pulled the plug on ...

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News Cuttings

KCA DEUTAG director Claus Chur named Contractor of the Year IADC has named Claus Chur, KCA DEUTAG director technical services, as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year,” Mr Chur said in accepting the award. “I am particularly proud of this award, being only the second European to have received it. And I want to take this opportunity to praise IADC president Dr Lee Hunt for developing IADC into a truly international organization.” The Contractor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award in the drilling industry, and the recipient is selected by IADC’s leadership for career contributions to the association and the drilling ...

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Wirelines

Indonesia tax scheme raises concern IADC has written the Indonesian director general of tax to urge the consistent application of Indonesia’s “deemed profits” regime for offshore drilling contractors. Over many years, IADC has worked with the Indonesian government to establish a reliable taxation system for its members operating in Indonesia. As recently as 2005, an IADC delegation went to Jakarta to update that regime, which was successfully completed. A recent audit of an IADC member company raises concerns that regulatory authorities may not be observing settled agreements with IADC on the tax regime. IADC senior vice president – government affairs Brian Petty has written to support contractors’ position, emphasizing the importance of the long-standing agreement between IADC and the Tax ...

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