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Tailored engineering, automation to drive optimized fracturing

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, January/February, Onshore Advances

Rush into manufacturing mode may be leading to less efficient frac designs, forfeiting valuable information, production in shales. If you look at the estimated…

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Advanced technology on simple wells puts focus on performance

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, January/February, Onshore Advances

Applying same drilling practices to both complex and basic wells builds skills, capability, can reduce overall costs if done right. In 2012, we drilled about 2,500…

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Closed-loop separation system tackles common air drilling HSE risks

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, January/February, Onshore Advances

Air drilling operations are feeling the impact of an increasingly complex global regulatory environment. From dust to open pits and tanks, traditional air drilling…

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Independence Drilling showcases dual-fuel rig with integrated walking system

Posted on 13 December 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

Independence Contract Drilling introduced its newest-design 1,500-hp ShaleDriller Rig 201 in Houston on 7 December…

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Ferus uses LNG to fuel well stimulation project in Eagle Ford

Posted on 30 November 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Ferus has successfully completed one of the first hydraulic fracturing operations utilizing LNG as engine fuel in North America…

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Seneca/Ensign rigs switch to LNG for power in Marcellus

Posted on 29 November 2012 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

Seneca Resources Corp and Ensign Drilling have installed two GE gas engines to power the first LNG-fueled drilling rigs…

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Automated rig built to enable operator’s ‘hands off’ philosophy

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

n the early 20th century, automation was not widely used in industrial work. This changed in 1947 when General Motors established an automation department…

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‘Rich-burn’ engines look to power land rigs with reduced emissions

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked record supplies of natural gas in North America, pushing prices to a 10-year low and cutting profits for gas…

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Northward ho!

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Less than a decade ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a mere dot on a map in a state associated with long, cold winters and the movie “Fargo.” Today, the town sits at the epicenter of the biggest oil boom to hit the Lower 48 in recent history. Thanks to significant oil production in the Williston Basin’s…

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Multistage stimulation pushes Chinese well over production target

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October

New production goals issued by the Chinese government of more than 6 million tons of oil equivalent per year in one field created a challenge to more quickly…

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