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Raising the bar for global safety, competency

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC has kicked off an ambitious project to develop worldwide competency guidelines for virtually all rig positions, with a priority on safety-critical positions with well control responsibilities. The guidelines, to be built upon IADC’s Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) templates, aim to provide tools…

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Low-ECD fluid facilitates deepwater, high-angle GOM well

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Modern wellbore design continues to become more complex. Many wells designed today, especially deepwater wells, contain significant challenges to effective wellbore…

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Dual-gradient system evaluation highlights key high-risk issues

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

This article provides an overview of the studied DGD system and equipment, as well as a hazard identification and risk assessment methodology…

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Advanced oil-based, synthetic muds enable deeper, hotter wells

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Beyond the hardware required for today’s complex wells and state-of-the-art drilling and completion systems, advanced fluid technologies are keeping pace…

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BP case study: MPD application supports HPHT exploration

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Following successful implementation of managed pressure drilling (MPD) in high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) wells drilled from jackups in the Eastern…

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HPHT research heats up

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

BP’s Project 20K among industry initiatives to push technologies beyond 20,000 psi, 400°F. What will production in subsea, ultra-deepwater fields look like in 10 years? That’s the multi-billion-dollar question as industry attempts to chart a course for those high stakes-arenas…

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10 tools to build more effective training

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, July/August

In the oil and gas trade, proper safety training can mean the difference between life and death. The goal of every teaching program should be to create training that attracts and retains people’s attention and…

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Collaborative strategy preempts drilling hazards on hard wells

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, July/August

As industry ventures into more challenging and remote locations to recover oil and gas reserves, a high-quality well architecture is paramount for achieving…

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Offshore Europe: E&P revival drives rig demand

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Despite the financial hardships rippling through the European economy, operators and drilling contractors continue to thrive in a reinvigorated offshore European drilling market that is supported by continued high oil prices and buoyed by new discoveries on old fields…

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Shales, technologies, cultural shift refuel Romanian industry

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, Onshore Advances

At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, the sight of new facilities at Industrial Park near the city of Ploiesti is a testament to Romania’s regenerating oil and gas industry…

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