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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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Hand-picked components enable Marathon, ConocoPhillips to build fit-for-purpose MPD system for GOM project

MPD champions must continue to promote the technology’s benefits, as well as find ways to make it more economic, Kelly McHugh, General Manager of Drilling and Completions at Chevron, said at the SPE/IADC MPD and UBO Conference in Galveston, Texas, on 12 April.

In 2013, Marathon Oil and ConocoPhillips decided to retrofit the Maersk Valiant drillship for managed pressure drilling (MPD). Installation of the MPD equipment began in 2014, while the drillship made its way to the US Gulf of Mexico from the shipyard in South Korea.

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Wired drill pipe achieves time, cost savings for Total in the Norwegian North Sea

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On the Martin Linge field in the Norwegian North Sea, Total had been experiencing multiple challenges, including severe losses, unstable formations and excessive downhole shock and vibrations. To address these challenges, the operator turned to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and its IntelliServ wired drill pipe, Saskia Schils, Head of Engineering - Exploration Drilling at Total E&P Angola, explained. In this video from 1 March, Ms Schils explains the results that were achieved. Reina Teelken, Senior Technical Advisor at NOV, also shares the company’s plans for taking the technology forward. More information about this project can also be found in IADC/SPE 178863, “The Use of Wired Drillpipe Technology in a Complex Drilling Environment Increased Drilling Efficiency and Reduced Well Times.”

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Integrated liner hanger system combines capabilities of conventional, expandable liner hangers

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Weatherford has developed the SwageHammer integrated liner hanger system to reduce leak potential and improve reliability in high-angle, high-pressure and high-temperature wells in deepwater. The company introduced the liner hanger system at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. In this video from the conference on 3 March, Sean Yakeley, Product Champion-Well Construction Products for Weatherford, explains how the SwageHammer combines the features of conventional and expandable liner-hangers to reduce uncertainty during liner installation.

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