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IADC and allies applaud US House’s effort to improve OCS leasing plan through HR 6082

Posted on 25 July 2012 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, The Offshore Frontier

HR 6082 proposes significant improvements to the Obama Administration’s final Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas…

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OCS safe lifting group: New incident-reporting format to aid analysis

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

The overall number of incidents and injuries on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in 2011 associated with lifting has remained fairly flat compared with 2010 data…

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Dual-gradient system evaluation highlights key high-risk issues

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

This article provides an overview of the studied DGD system and equipment, as well as a hazard identification and risk assessment methodology…

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BP case study: MPD application supports HPHT exploration

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Following successful implementation of managed pressure drilling (MPD) in high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) wells drilled from jackups in the Eastern…

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Offshore Europe: E&P revival drives rig demand

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Despite the financial hardships rippling through the European economy, operators and drilling contractors continue to thrive in a reinvigorated offshore European drilling market that is supported by continued high oil prices and buoyed by new discoveries on old fields…

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Ensco orders 7th Samsung DP3 drillship for 2014 delivery

Posted on 26 June 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Ensco has exercised one of two options for an additional advanced-capability, DP3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design…

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Central GOM lease sale attracts $1.7 billion-plus in high bids

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

A Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale held today attracted more than $1.7 billion in high bids for tracts on the US Outer Continental Shelf …

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In search of trust: Industry must build on ‘responsible drilling’ approach

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Advocating the approach of “responsible drilling” at the IADC World Drilling 2012 Conference in Barcelona on…

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Chevron boosts unconventional activity, pushes into China’s deep waters

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

With 18 million acres added to Chevron’s portfolio since 2009, the company has experienced a shift to…

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New rig designs emerge as industry expands offshore fleet

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

The offshore rig fleet continues to expand at a brisk pace, with most drilling contractors taking a safe approach toward newbuild designs, said Tom Kellock…

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