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BP launches robotic core-flooding system

Posted on 10 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The complete automation and workflow optimization in BP’s new Core Flood Robot enables hundreds of core flood tests to be performed each year, rather than dozens…

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Fertile grounds

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

The onshore market has been a beacon for the global drilling industry, reflecting growth and improved efficiencies in the past year. This momentum is expected to guide the industry in the coming year…

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Drilling potential abounds in Mexico, but so does uncertainty

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The tides are turning in Mexico after the government ended PEMEX’s 76-year monopoly over the country’s oil and gas market. On 20 December 2013, Mexico’s energy reform bill became a law…

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Business as usual, but with caution

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Geopolitical concerns, notably worrisome aggression from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across northern Iraq, is signaling a cautionary mood in the Middle East. However, it is business as usual for the oil…

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NOV top drive control software mitigates torsional vibration in Eagle Ford

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

In a recent 13-well program in the Eagle Ford, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) deployed its top drive control software, SoftSpeed II, to mitigate torsional vibration…

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Shell: SIMOPS reduces hydraulic fracturing time by 40% onshore Canada

Posted on 03 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

In Shell’s Groundbirch asset in Canada in 2012, the operator implemented simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) and concurrent operations (CONOPS) to reduce…

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Drillmec automated rig, drilling package designed to ensure safety, increase efficiency

Posted on 01 October 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

Drillmec has designed an automated drilling rig – AHEAD, Advanced Hydraulic Electrical Automated Driller – that reduces the rig footprint by approximately 50%…

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Statoil, Shell and Sonatrach to test shale acreage in Algeria

Posted on 30 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Statoil and Shell were awarded the Timissit Permit License in the Illizi-Ghadames Basin onshore Algeria. The license is in southeastern Algeria and covers an area of 2,730 sq km…

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Patterson-UTI Energy to acquire Texas-based pressure pumping assets

Posted on 22 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

A subsidiary of Patterson-UTI Energy has entered into an agreement to acquire the Texas-based pressure pumping assets of a privately held company…

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ExxonMobil to add 17,800 net acres in Permian Basin

Posted on 19 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

ExxonMobil has entered an agreement with LINN Energy to add 17,800 net acres in the Permian Basin to its US oil and natural gas portfolio managed by subsidiary XTO Energy. In the exchange, LINN Energy will…

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