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Expandable liner hanger goes big in deep Gulf

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

When drilling offshore wells, wellbore casing strings larger than 13 5/8-in. typically are required to be “hung off” in the casing hanger at the wellhead…

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Optimization: Taking a holistic approach

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Like motherhood and apple pie, drilling optimization is one of those things that everybody loves and no one can get enough of. Across the board, operators, drilling…

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RCD for DP drillship takes MPD deeper

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Efficient Rig

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) recently took a big step into deepwater environments with the installation and utilization of the industry’s first rotating control device (RCD) made up…

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Statoil: Automatic MPD a coming reality

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a technology that enables fast and accurate control of the pressure in the well during drilling and completion operations. This is achieved…

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Steel-body PDC bit targets shale drilling

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Many Marcellus operators drill the vertical sections of their horizontal wells using an air rig. Contractors are experienced in this technique, which has proven cost-effective in the northeastern US. When the kickoff point is reached…

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Drilling mud solutions: Cracking the shale code

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

A trend afoot in the world of drilling fluids is further evidence of the importance of shale plays in North America today. Every shale play is not created equal; so it stands to reason that the ideal drilling mud solution needs to match the unique requirements of each play…

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No longer niche: Expandables finally going mainstream

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since they came onto the scene nearly 15 years ago as the game changers that were going to revolutionize drilling and completions, expandables are finally coming of age…

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Drilling automation: Is resistance futile?

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Efficient Rig, Videos

“Automation”: Say the word the right way with the right group of people in drilling circles, and it can almost come off as an obscenity. Drilling is an art, they say, with too many unpredictabilities. How can it be entrusted in the hands of a bunch of machines, computers and algorithms?

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Open-hole packers may help isolate faults in multistage fracturing tight formations

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

Drilling and completion operations in faulted reservoirs present a unique set of challenges. With the advent of multistage…

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Remote workflows put digital resources to work to reduce NPT

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

One of the biggest economic challenges for an operator when drilling a well is to reduce nonproductive time (NPT)…

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