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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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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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