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All shales are not equal: Emerging resource prompting customized completion solutions

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, November/December, Onshore Advances

There is new abundance in the land of plenty. This time the bounty is not in amber waves of grain, but in the vast and resource-rich plays of US land shales…

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With still no declines in production, 2010 natural gas outlook remains in limbo

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

While the drilling industry was plowing ahead at full steam in 2008, everybody was frantic for growth. More people had to be hired and trained. More manufacturing facilities had to be…

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Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August, Onshore Advances

As interest in the Marcellus gas play intensifies, two Pennsylvania lawyers well-versed in the state’s environmental and land use planning laws have a simple…

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Beyond bumping the plug: Wyoming project improves cementing by measuring real value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, July/August, Onshore Advances

Although cementing costs typically represent less than 10% of total planned wells costs for US onshore operations, failure to get good zonal isolation…

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IADC operations push forward with focus on improving drilling efficiency worldwide

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

It’s been another exciting and challenging year as IADC strives to fulfill the needs of an intensely demanding and always-evolving industry. In government affairs, for example, we continue to provide critical input on the EU’s Working Time Directive and critical court appeals that will impact day-to-day drilling operations. Our accreditation & certification department is further […]

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Rack & pinion technology takes shape in oilfield as multifunctional rigs

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Efficient Rig

By Katie Mazerov, contributing editor Germany-based Max Streicher completed its first-generation vertical directional drilling rig through subsidiary Drill Tec in early 2005. This video shows the rig’s pipe handling system. Horizontal Well Drillers’s rack and pinion design was initially developed for the horizontal river crossing business and was modified for the oilfield two years ago. […]

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Top drives have transformed drilling: Now, new design targets ultra-deep, ERD

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Efficient Rig

By David Reid, Larry Wells and Jeremy Ogg, National Oilwell Varco In 1982, a radically new drilling system appeared in the oil patch, one that would ultimately allow tremendous advances in the oil and gas industry’s well construction capabilities. The advent of the original Top Drive System (TDS) foreshadowed the development of reservoirs that were […]

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Geothermal drilling market heats up

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

by Linda Hsieh, Assistant Managing Editor As oil prices reach unheard-of highs in the $140/bbl range, energy sources that have historically been considered too expensive to produce economically are getting new leases on life. Many such energy sources, like wind and solar, tend to reside far outside the realm of the oil and gas drilling […]

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Geothermal holds potential for new energy – and for new drilling

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor Like many renewable energy sources, geothermal carries substantial potential for powering the world in an environmentally friendly way. However, also like many renewable energy sources, geothermal remains unable to evolve into a fully viable alternative to oil or natural gas. The late 1970s and early ’80s saw rapid growth […]

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Operator finds cost-effective rotary steerable applications in Oman’s low-cost environment

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

By M Riyami, Petroleum Development Oman; J Edwards, E Vache, O Ojeiduma, S Johnston, Wael Darwish, Schlumberger Hydrocarbon basins in the Sultanate of Oman are located in the desert, where rig rates are low. Although this is not a typical environment for sophisticated drilling systems such as rotary steerable systems (RSS), use of this technology […]

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