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IADC, trade groups submit comments on BSEE’s proposed BOP and Well Control Rule

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IADC, along with six other oil and gas industry trade associations, submitted a joint letter today to the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) with comments on the agency’s Proposed BOP and Well Control rule. IADC supplemented this letter with a separate letter, which addresses the concerns of drilling contractors.

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High-cost subsea sector faces test of economics


Risk, cost and safety and environmental concerns impact every aspect of oil and gas recovery, but these challenges are especially daunting in the subsea sector. Here, as operators drive into increasingly deeper reservoirs and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) fields, a single failure can be catastrophic.

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On-command reamer allows for digital confirmation of multiple activations, blade status

The GaugePro Echo on-command digital reamer is downlink-activated and can be activated and reactivated as many times as necessary. This enables selective reaming of problem formations and sidetrack windows to facilitate open-hole sidetracks. The reamer also provides real-time confirmation of blade status and position.

Expandable reamers were developed to improve efficiencies and reduce risk when drilling through problematic formations in deepwater and other offshore wells. While mechanical and hybrid expandable underreamers have been used for some time in offshore applications, they have not provided the communication, operational reliability and flexibility that operators desire in high cost-per-foot drilling applications.

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Oil & Gas UK report: Offshore safety performance improved over past year


There have been further improvements in the management of major safety hazards offshore, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Health & Safety 2015 Report published today. Based on incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive for April 2014 to March 2015 and shared with the trade body; the total number of hydrocarbon releases - oil and gas leaks - has gone down and is at its lowest level ever.

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