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MPD opens door to new well control options in deepwater

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is recognized as a key enabling technology for drilling challenging wells. The ability to monitor and control volume…

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Micronized barite fluid helps Brazilian well walk narrow drilling window

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling highly inclined wellbores poses two key challenges for operators: avoiding nonproductive time (NPT) from drilling fluid and well control issues…

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Staying afloat

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Falling demand and rising supply suggest a potential near-term perfect storm for E&P, but long-term fundamentals remain sound, analysts report. The US continues to see phenomenal growth in raw crude and natural gas liquids production – up by 1.5 million bbls/day year over year…

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Plaisance: Escalating rig sizes may challenge growth of deepwater drilling

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Sixty years ago, Mr Charlie became industry’s first submersible drilling rig. It had 46 beds and was able to operate in up to 40 ft of water. That was…

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Shell wins PSC for Libra pre-salt oil discovery offshore Brazil

Posted on 22 October 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

A consortium of companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, Petrobras, Total, CNPC and CNOOC, won a 35-year production sharing contract to develop the giant Libra pre-salt oil discovery…

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Noble Corp to spin off older rigs into new drilling company

Posted on 25 September 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Noble Corp’s board of directors has approved a plan to separate a business comprised of many of its standard-specification drilling units, resulting in the creation of two…

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Exclusive video: Innovation, automation require stakeholder cooperation

Posted on 25 September 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Cooperation among key industry players – drilling contractors, equipment manufacturers and operators – is necessary to realize…

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Exclusive video: Integrated auto-driller reduces weight-on-bit fluctuations

Posted on 24 September 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Heave compensation enables drilling in harsh environments by keeping the bit at a constant position in relation to the seabed…

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Statoil discovers gas in Iskrystall prospect in Barents Sea

Posted on 24 September 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil with its partners Eni Norge and Petoro made a gas discovery in the Iskrystall prospect in PL608 in the Barents Sea…

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Data delivery

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling wells in today’s complex oilfields bears little resemblance to the drilling operations of just a few decades ago. Fast-evolving technology has turned drilling into a sophisticated and scientific undertaking driven by the need for real-time data…

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