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Flying high

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Despite its perception as a mature market, Europe continues to yield valuable finds for those prepared to invest in new technologies and have a knack for capitalizing on smaller-prize discoveries…

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Data delivery

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling wells in today’s complex oilfields bears little resemblance to the drilling operations of just a few decades ago. Fast-evolving technology has turned drilling into a sophisticated and scientific undertaking driven by the need for real-time data…

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Tests show potential of alternative method for offshore cuttings drying

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Over the past 20 years, studies have been conducted to assess the effects of drilled cuttings contaminated by non-aqueous fluids (NAFs) on the environment…

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BP deepwater well strikes gas in East Nile Delta

Posted on 09 September 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

It was the first well in the North Damietta Offshore concession granted in February 2010 and operated by BP…

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Oil discovered in new area of Barents Sea

Posted on 06 September 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

OMV and partners Petoro, Idemitsu, Tullow and Statoil have made the first oil discovery in the Barents Sea’s Hoop-Maud Basin area. Operator OMV is about to…

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Big risks, bigger rewards?

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling is a challenging task anywhere you go today, but drilling in the Arctic is exponentially more demanding and costly. To get a sense of what operations are like in an arctic environment, Parker Drilling’s Bryan Collins, VP – Arctic operations, explained a typical day…

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Ensco takes delivery of ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackup

Posted on 03 September 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackups. The rig is contracted to work for Nexen in…

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Next-generation semi replaces derrick with multipurpose tower

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

With the implementation of the multipurpose tower (MPT) on Noble Drilling’s Noble Bully I and II in March and April 2012…

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Finer control: 2nd-gen wired pipe to improve ruggedness, diagnostics

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Wired drill pipe (WDP) technology has been described as a game-changer for the oil and gas industry due to its capacity to deliver high-resolution data…

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Exclusive video: Automated influx detection with MPD in deepwater applications

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Challenges such as riser and surface equipment limitation needs to be considered to define recommended practices for deepwater well…

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