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Upgrades extend drilling capabilities of Beryl platform rigs

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

The Beryl field, located about 200 miles northeast of Aberdeen, is located in a water depth of 390 ft. Its discovery in 1972 led to the installation of the Beryl Alpha platform…

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Northward ho!

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Less than a decade ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a mere dot on a map in a state associated with long, cold winters and the movie “Fargo.” Today, the town sits at the epicenter of the biggest oil boom to hit the Lower 48 in recent history. Thanks to significant oil production in the Williston Basin’s…

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How to learn from our past: Debunking 6 myths of process safety

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, September/October

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the level we were when we created them,” said Albert Einstein. And yet, we continue to do the same things over and over again…

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UK HSE guide targets drill floor machinery, tubular handling safety

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, September/October

The implementation of remotely controlled equipment on the drill floor is often portrayed as one phase in an inexorable drive to the ultimate goal of automated…

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Drill pipe riser system qualified for African deepwater project

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

The Cameron/TOTAL Usan project team took one of the first high-pressure drill pipe riser for intervention systems (DPRIS) to the African deepwater market in 2009…

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Multistage stimulation pushes Chinese well over production target

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October

New production goals issued by the Chinese government of more than 6 million tons of oil equivalent per year in one field created a challenge to more quickly…

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A shake-up in solids control: Industry looks beyond tradition

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, Videos

Remove all doubt from the drilling process. That mantra is one of the key drivers behind Jason Norman’s mission to streamline and – ultimately – automate solids control, waste management and drilling fluids processing…

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Well intervention tools: Pushing back time for aging wells

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Technology advances address water influx, wellbore buildup, seek innovative methods to cut pipe, set cement plugs. As fields mature around the world, innovations in well intervention services have become increasingly important…

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Waste handling under study for Chinese unconventional wells

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Waste management plays an important role in delivering an environmentally sound well. If a project requires the operator to drill hundreds of deep development wells…

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Efficient management system the foundation of strong HSE culture

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, September/October

There is a lot of discussion these days about HSE culture, but what does HSE culture really mean? Informally, it can be described as “the way we do…

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