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UK approves Premier Oil to develop Catcher area in North Sea

Posted on 12 June 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Premier Oil has received approval of its Catcher area field development plan from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. “The Catcher area development shows that…

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Hercules, Maersk Oil sign 5-year deal for newbuild jackup

Posted on 22 May 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Hercules Offshore has signed a five-year drilling contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK for a newbuild jackup to be owned and operated by Hercules Offshore. Total contract…

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Schlumberger’s Seismic Guided Drilling predicts pore pressure ahead of bit

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, OTC, The Offshore Frontier, Videos, Videos OTC

Using both surface seismic and logging-while-drilling data, Schlumberger’s Seismic Guided Drilling (SGD) provides a 3D look-ahead velocity model and reduces…

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Baker Hughes launches constant-rheology NSURE oil-based drilling fluid

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier, Videos, Videos OTC

Baker Hughes recently launched the NSURE oil-based drilling fluid that can be used in high-risk environments such as Norway, the UK, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa…

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Riser pumping technology may help retrofitted rigs drill challenging deepwater wells

Posted on 12 May 2014 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

Utilizing the forces of nature, an electrically powered mid-level riser pumping technology can give existing sixth-generation rigs the capability to drill difficult…

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Shell: Appraisal sets stage for overall development cycle for emerging deepwater projects

Posted on 12 May 2014 in News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

Post-discovery, the appraisal phase is key in setting a solid foundation for the selection, design, execution and production phases of the development. “The appraisal…

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Marine simulator assists training, supports commissioning process for Jack-St. Malo development

Posted on 12 May 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

A marine simulator that began primarily as a training tool ultimately evolved into a wide-scope system that was also able to help Chevron validate and trouble-shoot…

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DNV GL proposes JIP for hybrid power on offshore units; publishes report on subsea technology 

Posted on 08 May 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

DNV GL is proposing a joint-industry project (JIP) for a hybrid-power concept for offshore units using batteries in combination with traditional power generation…

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GE’s “20-ksi” BOP completely re-engineered to meet demands of HPHT reservoirs

Posted on 08 May 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

GE Oil & Gas has unveiled its 20,000-psi, “20-ksi,” BOP system for drilling depths up to 12,500 ft at the 2014 OTC in Houston. GE’s global technology teams completely re-engineered…

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Wärtsilä: 4 concerns of LNG as a marine fuel

Posted on 08 May 2014 in News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

Wärtsilä is providing the fuel systems – the propellers, the controls and the wheelhouse, in addition to the electrical systems – for six LNG-powered platform supply vessels…

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