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Shell adds third major discovery to Norphlet play in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 15 July 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Shell has made its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well. After more than 10 years of exploration…

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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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Expandable liner gets deepwater well to TD past 3 sand zones

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Deep and ultra-deepwater exploration activities continue to set records as new wells are drilled in deeper waters and in more complex reservoirs. At the same time, the…

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Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Q&A’s with UK, Norwegian regulators

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As head of the UK Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division, what goals do you have for the coming years? Susan Mackenzie: The health and safety priorities for the…

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Front-loaded approach to well control stresses planning, prevention

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice still resonates today, even in 10,000-ft laterals and subsea wells a mile or more beneath…

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Offshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: OMV details Barents Sea success; CSB report cites pipe buckling as cause of BOP failure in Macondo

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Understanding the risk factors and what are the “unknowns” when drilling in uncharted areas is key to a safe and successful operation. Far north in the Barents Sea…

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Claxton completes rigless removal of a stuck BHA during slot recovery

Posted on 09 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Claxton Engineering Services, an Acteon company, has completed the first rigless removal of a stuck bottomhole assembly (BHA). The work was completed during a slot recovery…

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Diamond Offshore appoints Woll as Senior VP, Chief Commercial Officer

Posted on 08 July 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Diamond Offshore has appointed Ronald Woll as Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately. Based in Houston, Mr Woll will have oversight of the company’s…

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Stone Energy to sell non-core GOM properties to Talos Energy Offshore

Posted on 04 July 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Stone Energy Corp announced a definitive agreement to sell its non-core Gulf of Mexico (GOM) conventional shelf properties to Talos Energy Offshore for $200 million in cash and…

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