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Drilling Ahead: Shell/CNPC JV shows that change isn’t coming; it’s here

Posted on 07 September 2011 in 2011, Departments, September/October

Shell and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to develop a highly automated well manufacturing system …

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NOV to deliver $1.5 billion in drillship equipment packages to Brazil

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Brazil’s Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) recently signed seven contracts worth…

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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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