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Shoulder/thread verifier system uses thermal imaging to detect potential connection problems

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

A new shoulder/thread verifier system (STVS) uses thermal imaging technology to enable verification of the shoulder, thread and seal engagement…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Huisman rig completes 1st well in 6 weeks; drills surface hole using drilling with casing Huisman’s newly developed containerised drilling rig, the LOC 400, operated by the Northern Dutch Drilling Company (NDDC) for Northern Petroleum Netherlands (NPN), successfully completed its first well in Werkendam, The Netherlands. The unit drilled the well to a TD of […]

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Performance drilling – definition, benchmarking, performance qualifiers, efficiency and value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Drilling programs continue to be pushed into harder and more abrasive formations while directional drilling activities have become more complex.

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New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

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Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is often used to drill formations that have a narrow window between formation pore pressure and fracture pressure.

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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

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Monobore wellbore design: Bangladesh exploration program highlights pros, cons

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

“Monobore” describes A well where the diameter of the production conduit is uniform from the reservoir to surface. The simplest form of monobore is a string…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Weatherford International and ENI have entered an agreement to develop a subsea drilling-with-casing system. It will enable a 20-in. casing string…

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Accurate wellbore trajectory delivers 70% more reservoir contact with Gullfaks sidetrack well

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The Gullfaks field is located in the central part of the East Shetland Basin in the Northern North Sea and was discovered in 1979. The StatoilHydro-operated field…

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