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Bahrain, Abu Dhabi gear up for planned expansions; Maersk looks to smart completions for Al Shaheen

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Higher oil prices are contributing to an environment of stability in the Middle East and, in some areas, operators are seeing an increase…

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Automation & dual gradient: The ‘cuttingest’ of cutting-edge tech

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

When it comes to cutting-edge technology, dual-gradient drilling (DGD) and well-construction automation are the sharpest knives in the drawer…

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James Day: Industry has globalized, consolidated, but cyclical ups, downs will always remain

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December, Videos

“Interest is to receive and not to pay” is an important piece of cautionary advice that James C Day, retired chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation…

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Perspectives: Brett Borland, ConocoPhillips Building a career on technology innovations

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

Being in the right place at the right time can make or break a career, depending on whether you can rise up to the challenge. For Brett Borland, who in 1980 was just…

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ICD completions, optimized cleanup practices maximize productivity for horizontal wells

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

When Saudi Aramco switched to oil-based mud (OBM) to drill new horizontal wells with inflow control device (ICD) completions, the operator encountered…

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Section by section: Practical safety case development to make it a valuable document

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, November/December

In a number of offshore environments, a safety case is required, either by the flag or coastal state or by the operator. Rig owners will hire some suitably experienced…

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Industry offering many opportunities to younger professionals, but ensuring competency is a must

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December, Videos

It’s no secret that Brazil has seen a big boom in its oil industry in recent years, driven by a string of significant offshore discoveries. For the young professionals of Brazil…

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From the President: Principle above politics – Cuba, USA need a One Gulf strategy

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC has a proud tradition of dedication to safety over its 70-year history. This unyielding focus reflects our belief that safety is the right thing to do…

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IADC fights on front lines of industry battle for safe return to drilling, reasonable regulations

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC has taken extensive steps during 2010 to help the industry get back to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, driving forward a multitude of initiatives…

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Underbalanced drilling helps PDO find gas in tight reservoir after 11 unsuccessful wells

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Deep-gas exploration wells in the Fahud Salt Basin in North Oman were traditionally drilled with high mud weights. Due to this conventional drilling…

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