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Noble gives go-ahead to build two more high-spec jackups

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Noble Corp has exercised options with Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard for the construction of two additional high-specification…

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Xtreme Coil to build 4 new rigs for drilling in Niobrara

Posted on 19 July 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Xtreme Coil Drilling Corp recently won long-term contracts to build and operate four new XDR 500 drilling rigs, with commencement of operations…

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Zagreb 1 semi to undergo complete overhaul

Posted on 19 July 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Crosco Integrated Drilling & Well Services’ semisubmersible Zagreb 1 recently entered the shipyard to undergo maintenance and service that includes…

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Expandable liner hanger goes big in deep Gulf

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

When drilling offshore wells, wellbore casing strings larger than 13 5/8-in. typically are required to be “hung off” in the casing hanger at the wellhead…

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Optimization: Taking a holistic approach

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Like motherhood and apple pie, drilling optimization is one of those things that everybody loves and no one can get enough of. Across the board, operators, drilling…

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RCD for DP drillship takes MPD deeper

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Efficient Rig

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) recently took a big step into deepwater environments with the installation and utilization of the industry’s first rotating control device (RCD) made up…

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Statoil: Automatic MPD a coming reality

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a technology that enables fast and accurate control of the pressure in the well during drilling and completion operations. This is achieved…

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Tax increase hits UK North Sea sector hard

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Warp back to the first few weeks of 2011 and it looked as if Northwest Europe was set for a vintage year, so long as oil prices remained robust and there were no “left-of-field balls” to…

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2010 ISP reports slight rise in LTIs, fatalities

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry lost some ground in 2010 when it came to its lost-time incidence (LTI), recordable incidence and fatality rates, according to the newest…

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Editorial: Center for Offshore Safety a key step for industry to embrace real change

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

In January this year, the National Commission on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill released its report along with several recommendations for changes to the oversight of offshore operations relating to both safety and protection of the environment…

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