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Pacific Scirocco undergoes modifications for engine reliability

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Scirocco has mobilized to a quayside in South Africa to undergo upgrades and modifications to ensure reliability prior to…

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Shell, CNPC look to automated well manufacturing for step-change

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

The time is ripe for a step-change in the high-density segment of the drilling business, and two giants in the energy industry – Shell and China National…

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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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