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Customizable well stimulation vessel targets Gulf of Mexico shelf

Posted on 27 November 2013 in Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Additional capacity on a new stimulation vessel dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) will allow multiple treatments for well stimulation, fracturing and…

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Gas production begins from UK Jasmine field

Posted on 21 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

The Jasmine field in the UK North Sea has started gas production. Jasmine was discovered in 2006 by ConocoPhillips as operator (36.5%), together with its co-venturers Eni…

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Seadrill’s West Auriga drillship begins development drilling for BP in GOM

Posted on 19 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Seadrill’s new ultra-deepwater drillship, the West Auriga, recently began development drilling work at BP’s Thunder Horse field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). …

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Up to 7 Barents Sea wells among Statoil’s 2014 exploration plan

Posted on 12 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has announced plans to drill 20 to 25 exploration wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in 2014; approximately two-thirds will be Statoil-operated. …

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Transocean orders 5 more KFELS jackups

Posted on 11 November 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Transocean has awarded Keppel FELS a repeat order of five KFELS Super B Class jackups for US$1.1 billion. The rigs are scheduled to be delivered between Q1 2016 and Q3 2017…

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Study tackles industry’s shearing capabilities

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

As offshore drilling challenges increase, BOP shearing technology needs to keep pace. Recent trends include improved drill pipe metallurgical…

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MPD opens door to new well control options in deepwater

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is recognized as a key enabling technology for drilling challenging wells. The ability to monitor and control volume…

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Micronized barite fluid helps Brazilian well walk narrow drilling window

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling highly inclined wellbores poses two key challenges for operators: avoiding nonproductive time (NPT) from drilling fluid and well control issues…

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Staying afloat

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Falling demand and rising supply suggest a potential near-term perfect storm for E&P, but long-term fundamentals remain sound, analysts report. The US continues to see phenomenal growth in raw crude and natural gas liquids production – up by 1.5 million bbls/day year over year…

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Plaisance: Escalating rig sizes may challenge growth of deepwater drilling

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Sixty years ago, Mr Charlie became industry’s first submersible drilling rig. It had 46 beds and was able to operate in up to 40 ft of water. That was…

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