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Atwood’s VICKSBURG contract extended

Posted on 24 November 2009 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Atwood Oceanics announced that the VICKSBURG has been awarded a three-month contract extension by NuCoastal (Thailand) to continue…

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Drillers Outlook Panel: Challenges abound, but so do opportunities

Posted on 11 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

It’s been said that drilling contractors are an optimistic bunch, and that certainly proved true with the three industry leaders who sat on the Drillers Outlook…

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ODS-Petrodata forecast: No balanced market in sight for jackups

Posted on 11 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

From the perspective of Tom Kellock, head of consulting and research for ODS-Petrodata, the outlook for the worldwide jackup market is far from rosy…

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Northwest Europe: Chance of recovery may depend on small operators’ access to funding

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

It’s money that makes the bit go around. When I was asked to prepare this outlook piece covering Northwest Europe a few weeks ago, the picture at first sight…

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Global jackup market is still soft to terrible. Is there anywhere to go but up?

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

While it’s true that appearances can be deceiving, it’s worth noting that as of early October, drilling activity appeared to be on the rise. Actual increases in drilling activity still ranged from minimal to barely noticeable…

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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

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IADC operations push forward with focus on improving drilling efficiency worldwide

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

It’s been another exciting and challenging year as IADC strives to fulfill the needs of an intensely demanding and always-evolving industry. In government affairs, for example, we continue to provide critical input on the EU’s Working Time Directive and critical court appeals that will impact day-to-day drilling operations. Our accreditation & certification department is further […]

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Deepwater cement design optimized for record-length expandable liner in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Completing the Well, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By Don Schultz, Greg Pollard, Nexen Petroleum; George Fuller, Joey Langlinais, Michael Serio, Jasen Bradley, Halliburton During a sidetrack operation out of 9 7/8-in. casing on a deepwater well in Green Canyon Block 243, Gulf of Mexico, unexpected hole conditions were encountered that required the use of an additional casing string. The decision was made […]

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Managing retrieval of triple-zone intelligent completions in offshore extended-reach well

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Completing the Well, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By L. Izquierdo, T.U. Ceccarelli, Schlumberger; G.P. Hertfelder, K. Koerner, Plains E&P; S. Pace, Chevron An independent operator offshore California has successfully achieved triple-zone intelligent well completions in an extended-reach drilling (ERD) campaign in its Rocky Point field. To date, two workover interventions have been performed in five deployments in the field, of which three […]

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