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Automated control system integrates preventive and predictive maintenance functions

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

ntegrated Drilling Equipment (IDE) has introduced the second-generation, automated Centurion drilling control system on a new 1,500-hp AC Sparta rig…

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ASTM subcommittee to develop hydraulic fracturing standards

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

ASTM International has formed a subcommittee to develop standards for hydraulic fracturing. Subcommittee D18.26, which held its first meeting in January, includes 230 volunteer…

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DOI to encourage RD&D of oil shale, tar sands resources

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has finalized a plan to encourage research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on Bureau of Land Management…

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Remote directional drilling enhances shale well quality, efficiency

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

After a successful pilot application in the Haynesville Shale, Shell Upstream Americas is taking steps to conduct all of its directional drilling (DD), geosteering (GS) and measurement/logging while drilling (MWD/LWD) operations in the Americas and beyond from remote drilling centers…

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Shale drilling reaps efficiency gains from MPD pressure control

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) techniques that are used to drill some of the world’s most extreme conventional wells also have the capability to significantly improve drilling efficiency in unconventional shales…

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Honghua developing new-generation shale-drilling rig, plans testing of frac pump

Posted on 23 May 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News, Onshore Advances, OTC

Honghua Group and its US subsidiary Honghua America are developing a next-generation onshore rig…

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Case study: Planning enables remote-area drilling campaign

Posted on 22 May 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Offshore the Falkland Islands, approximately 650 km southeast of the South American continent, two small UK operators with limited in-house operational resources conducted a successful drilling campaign…

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Global Shale Report: An expanding playground

Posted on 22 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

Conventional wisdom has its place, but when it comes to land drilling, the thinking these days has a definite unconventional spin. “Unconventional” includes the vast shale plays that continue to be developed and discovered, not just in North America but also in basins worldwide…

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Marathon Oil: 3,000-plus wells possible in Eagle Ford acreage

Posted on 21 May 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Marathon Oil has determined that it may drill more than 3,000 wells in its Eagle…

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Noble Energy moves toward mixed fleet of LNG-dedicated, dual-fuel rigs

Posted on 21 May 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

After a pilot program initiated in early 2011 to compare the use of LNG versus diesel to power…

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