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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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Perspectives: Goran Andersson, Chevron: Experiential training is the way forward

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Videos

As a new generation enters the industry work force, Chevron’s Goran Andersson strongly believes…

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Stable market pushes Asia Pacific rig demand

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

Asia Pacific is a dynamic yet relatively stable drilling market, having successfully weathered the impact of negative global economic pressures since the 2008 credit crunch…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Departments, May/June

Brian Maness, Diamond Offshore Drilling, and Goran Andersson, Chevron, were honored on 7 March…

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Drilling optimization culture built on real-time data, communication

Posted on 19 April 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

In recent years, deepwater drilling operations have become more challenging, with new exploratory frontiers and the rise of rig rates demanding first-class drilling…

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