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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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Safe lifting initiatives focus on awareness, drops prevention

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

Rig operations both onshore and offshore call for detailed safety procedures for management of equipment, specifically in regards to crane lifts, mechanical handling…

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Euro-shales: Opposition mounts

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

A year ago, an article in the July/August 2011 issue of Drilling Contractor stated that the journey to achieving commercial shale gas production in Europe would be a slow one. Over the past 12 months or so, that journey has arguably gotten even slower…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 02 July 2012 in 2012, Departments, July/August

Approximately 400 IADC members and guests attended the IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) annual safety awards dinner in Aberdeen on 11 May, celebrating what has been one of the safest years on record for offshore drilling contractors…

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IADC welcomes OCS lease plan announcement, but calls for opening all US waters

Posted on 02 July 2012 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

IADC welcomes the announcement by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management director Tommy Beaudreau…

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NRG competition provides forum for connecting top students, industry leaders

Posted on 27 June 2012 in Drilling It Safely, News

Who will solve the energy challenges of today and tomorrow? To a great degree, that mission will fall to the next generation…

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Ensco orders 7th Samsung DP3 drillship for 2014 delivery

Posted on 26 June 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Ensco has exercised one of two options for an additional advanced-capability, DP3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design…

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Central GOM lease sale attracts $1.7 billion-plus in high bids

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

A Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale held today attracted more than $1.7 billion in high bids for tracts on the US Outer Continental Shelf …

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