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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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Stick-slip workshop highlights mitigation technologies, needs

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

This article presents the results from a workshop on stick-slip mitigation held in Houston on 15 July 2010…

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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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Longer, deviated wells push drill pipe limits

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

Drill pipe technical performance is rarely the starting point for well planning – engineers expect that drill pipe will handle the challenges, loads and environments that it…

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2-in-1 bit: Dual cutting structure boosts ROP

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

Drilling at a high penetration rate while maintaining durability to complete abrasive sand sections in the Riverside field of Pinedale, Wyo., has been a challenge…

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Managing kick/loss cycles in East Java

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

Dealing with extreme kick/loss cycles is a given in the vuggy, fractured limestone of East Java’s Kujung formation. The difficult drilling is further complicated by reservoir gas with…

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Minimizing uncertainty: Geosteering advances keep wellbores in sweet spot

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Videos

Deviated, ultra-deep and unconventional have become bywords of the complex and complicated nature of oil and gas drilling today. Underlying this new vernacular is another challenge…

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UBD unlocks pay in North Sea wells

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article reviews an offshore underbalanced drilling project in the Danish sector of the North Sea undertaken during summer 2010. Two oil wells were drilled from a jackup, with produced oil and gas transferred to the accompanying…

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