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Norwegian minister: Climate change, greater access, Russia driving Arctic development

Posted on 12 January 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

The Arctic could hold the answer to energy security and independence as the world continues to need fossil fuels…

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Keppel AmFELS to build new semi from existing hull for Diamond Offshore

Posted on 11 January 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News, The Offshore Frontier

Diamond Offshore has contracted Keppel AmFELS to construct and upgrade a moored semisubmersible…

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Woodside pushes total section depth to 6,250 ft using RMR, casing while drilling

Posted on 10 January 2012 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Woodside Petroleum reached a total section depth of 6,250 ft on an exploration well in Western Australia with the help…

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STMZ frac-pack completion system proves value in ultra-deepwater GOM

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

A three-zone single-trip multi-zone frac-pack completion system was deployed successfully in the Lower Tertiary…

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Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The last time I had the privilege of writing an article for Drilling Contractor was in March 2009, when the offshore drilling industry was reeling from the effects of the more than 70% drop…

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Wellbore hydraulics R&D supports evolution in Brazil’s deepwater, presalt

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Approximately 80% of Brazilian oil production comes from offshore fields. Campos Basin is the major producing area while Espirito…

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Frontier drilling to require a shift in paradigm

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with John de Lange, BG Group. Looking at technology and the world demand for oil and gas, I see a couple of areas that haven’t been explored much and where there is potential. First, there is deepwater and ultra-deepwater. …

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Control systems integration an ongoing challenge

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Tim Juran, Seadrill Americas. Seadrill has delivered eight modern, highly sophisticated deepwater newbuilds in the last 15-18 months. What are the key challenges you’ve faced in doing that? …

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Smart drilling a must as wells push technical limit

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Ron Toufeeq, Pride International. Ron Toufeeq is senior vice president of operations, asset management and engineering for Pride International. What are some of the most critical issues facing the drilling and completion industry in…

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Tax systems can tip the scales on brownfields

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Nick Walker, Talisman Energy. There are a number of issues. We are, I hope, progressing out of recession. Oil prices have recovered somewhat, but gas prices still haven’t, and I think the latter will stay low in Europe…

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