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Plenary: Enhanced operational integrity to help industry deliver wells in ‘critical world’

Driven by increasing worldwide demand, the challenges industry faces are becoming more pronounced. “We need to bring on about 27 million barrels per day of new production over the next seven years in order to meet 1% to 2% demand growth per year,” Ole Slorer, managing director, global oilfield services for Morgan Stanley Research, stated at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference. Mr Slorer moderated the plenary session, “Delivering Wells in a Critical World,” in Amsterdam on 6 March. Two of the biggest growing segments that will help the industry meet the world’s energy demand are ultra-deepwater and...

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Precision Drilling’s Kevin Neveu to lead 2014 Drilling Conference

Kevin Neveu, president and CEO of Precision Drilling, has been named chairman of the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, to be held 4-6 March in Fort Worth, Texas. The event provides the opportunity for producers, contractors and service company professionals to meet, discuss, evaluate and share ideas to advance worldwide drilling operations, promote solutions to common problems and improve overall efficiency and profitability. "It's a privilege to serve as...

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Exclusive video: Sustained collaboration to enhance delivery of today’s and tomorrow’s wells

Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with David Brunnert, vice president of Drilling Tools and Intervention Services for Weatherford, at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 6 March. Mr Brunnert explained the importance of early collaboration and how the approach can be applied in both business segments of Weatherford that he oversees. From well construction to intervention, Mr Brunnert believes that there are many opportunities for...

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Jellison: Challenging shale wells require creative pipe, drill string solutions

When typical wells in the Bakken Shale are 17,000-ft MD, 11,000-ft TVD with a 6,000-ft horizontal reach, demands on drill pipe become significantly higher, Michael Jellison, NOV Grant Prideco, said at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition on 5 March in Amsterdam. “It pushes the drilling equipment and rig crews beyond the requirements of typical onshore well construction projects.” Further, these wells can have high bottomhole formation temperatures that, in some cases, approach...

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Exclusive video: Riser monitoring software helps ensure riser, wellhead integrity

Jeff Diestler, business development manager – Gulf of Mexico for Pulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, speaks with Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam on 5 March. Mr Diestler discussed the company’s DrillASSURE drilling riser monitoring system. Developed in conjunction with 2H Offshore, the system’s three primary modules – DrillJOINT, DrillWINDOW and DrillADVISE – are designed to help operators and contractors...

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Drilling automation: New design tool helps to chart roadmap for the future

Drilling automation is improving operational safety, efficiency and economics and providing access to fields and reservoirs once thought inaccessible, but having a clear roadmap to track progress and define long-term goals will help to accelerate industry’s journey along that path, a technology application expert said in a presentation at the 2013 SPE/ IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 6 March. “There are some perceptions that the drilling industry hasn’t moved as quickly as other industries have toward automation,” Ginger Hildebrand, software governance manger for Schlumberger, said...

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Deepwater BOP cleaner removes debris using magnets, vortex suction effect

Archer, a global provider of drilling and well services, launched its Tornar Deep Water BOP Cleaner this week at the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam. The tool, designed for 18 ¾-in. subsea BOPs, removes wellbore debris from the BOP and marine riser cavities in challenging depths using a vortex suction effect. Tornar flow ports are combined with proprietary magnets to extract debris while maintaining full well control and protecting the BOP. “Using traditional jet tools cannot clean the cavities...

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Exclusive video: Drilling automation workshop features leading mining innovators

Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with John de Wardt, president of De Wardt and Company, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March, jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The symposium preceded the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam. Mr de Wardt was a primary organizer of the workshop. He also served as moderator of the sessions, which featured Andrew Stokes and Eric Nettleton from Rio Tinto, an integrated mining company. Mr Stokes and Mr Nettleton talked about the company’s Mine of the Future program, a project that is pushing Rio Tinto’s mining operations to new levels of automation and remote ...

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