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Deepwater demands require upgrade in surface, downhole technologies alongside industry collaboration

Posted on 25 April 2012 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Deepwater drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is pushing limits with depths around 34,000 ft…

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Dashboard concept aims to facilitate diagnostics, decision-making on BOPs

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Efficient Rig

As every motorist knows, a vehicle’s dashboard is an important interface that alerts the driver of real-time changes regarding certain car engine “health” metrics and alerts…

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Are we laggards in technology adoption?

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher We pride ourselves on innovation, but are actually laggards at technology adoption. “The oil and gas industry tends to have a technology adoption cycle of roughly 30 years from concept to 50% market penetration,” remarked Dustin Torkay, Seadrill, IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee vice chairman-Future Technology, adding that […]

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Well depth extended in geothermal project using controlled pressure drilling

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Wells in the Kirchweidach geothermal project in Bavaria, Germany, and other offset wells in the area have faced problems such as severe mud losses and…

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The great migration to wet plays

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

The paradigm has shifted. US land rigs that just two years ago were at work in prolific shale gas plays are on the move, delivering an oil and liquids boom that has yet to be fully quantified…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Latshaw Drilling Co recently added Rig 18 to its fleet. The rig is a 1,700-hp diesel-electric/SCR rig with a 500-ton AC top drive unit and is skiddable for multiwell pad drilling…

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Navigating safe waters

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Booming markets in West Africa, Brazil and areas of Asia Pacific are putting a bullish spin on the overall offshore outlook, with rising utilization and dayrates in all sectors, including shallow- and mid-water, deepwater and ultra-deepwater…

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Global deepwater exploration sustains strong rig activity

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Two years have passed since the twin Montara and Macondo blowouts. While Macondo obviously disrupted US Gulf of Mexico drilling in all water depths, deepwater exploration and rig activity remained robust elsewhere…

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Onshore MPD system enables lower mud weights for challenging wells

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, May/June, Onshore Advances

In the development of onshore gas fields, Shell has encountered margins in which the difference between dynamic equivalent circulating density (ECD) and static…

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Reentry campaign gives first-round subsea fields second chance to produce

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, May/June

A large number of subsea production wells have been drilled, but to date, there has been limited industry experience of redrilling subsea wells even though redrills have…

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