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To be competitive, rigs must go the extra mile

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Critical D&C issues with Siegfried Meissner, president of Nabors International. DC: What are the critical issues the contract drilling industry is facing, and how is Nabors meeting those challenges? The hot spots that I see coming back in…

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Control systems integration an ongoing challenge

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Tim Juran, Seadrill Americas. Seadrill has delivered eight modern, highly sophisticated deepwater newbuilds in the last 15-18 months. What are the key challenges you’ve faced in doing that? …

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Automation’s learning curve must be overcome

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig

Critical D&C issues with Ed Kautz, Ensign Energy Services. Implementing automation technologies and equipment on land drilling rigs is still not universally accepted. Are you a believer in technology and automation? …

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Top drives key to better jackup performance

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Matt Ralls is president and CEO of Rowan Companies. He is also the 2010 IADC vice chairman. What do you see as some of the most critical technology challenges facing the drilling and completion industry today? Rowan is a jackup and…

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ExxonMobil/XTO deal augurs strong promise for natural gas

Posted on 14 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

ExxonMobil Corp and XTO Energy Inc announced on 14 December, 2009, an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The acquisition agreement, which…

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Chukchi Sea drilling plan gets conditional OK

Posted on 08 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

The US Minerals Management Service (MMS) has conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico’s plan to drill three exploratory, information-gathering wells…

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ConocoPhillips 2010 capital budget down from ’09 spending

Posted on 08 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News

ConocoPhillips has approved a 2010 capital program of $11.2 billion, including about $9.7 billion for E&P. This represents a 10% decrease from estimated…

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Innovative logging technique boosts productivity for Chevron Thailand

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Under rig floor logging (URFL) is a technique pioneered by Chevron Thailand that has improved drilling efficiency…

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Ensuring competency: Are we teaching solutions or just answers?

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

“This guy has to pass or he can’t go back to the rig” is a blunt remark occasionally made to Glenn Potter, well control instructor with Equilibria Services, when…

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WellCAP plays key role in fast-paced Thailand drilling operations

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

WellCAP’s built-in flexibility plays a key role in the safe execution of one of the fastest-paced drilling operations…

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