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Real-time drilling service halts twist-offs in Wolfcamp wells

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

An operator in the Permian Basin requested Baker Hughes to provide a real-time drilling performance service due to numerous drill string twist-offs occurring on both…

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Rolling PDC cutter enhances drill bit life in Granite Wash runs

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Recent advances in diamond bonding techniques and manufacturing processes have enabled the industry to produce highly abrasion-resistant polycrystalline diamond cutters…

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Liner hanger systems bump up pressure ratings, load capacities

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, July/August

Following the industry’s path to deeper operations and longer laterals, liner hanger systems are amping up in terms of higher load capacities and higher-pressure ratings. However…

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A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Aberdeen on 16 May. Northern Offshore and Noble Drilling…

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Martin Culen: In future, MPD equipment on rigs will be as common as seat belts in cars

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

When Martin Culen joined a Canada-based oilfield services company in 1996, he wasn’t entirely sure that this was the industry for him. He had wanted to put his mechanical…

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People, companies and products

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Alden James “Doc” Laborde, an offshore drilling pioneer who transformed the drilling industry with innovations that made it possible to drill farther and in deeper waters…

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Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

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HSE&T Corner: Quantitative method can guide competency programs, determine value of assessment

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

When something goes wrong, the culprit is oftentimes the human factor – not having the right person with the right skills in the right place at the right time. “If you look…

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Editorial: Tools to improve performance are there, but it’s up to the industry to use them

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The industry believes it’s on top of its game, but that is far from what the public feels. This was stated by Kevin Lacy while speaking on a panel session at the recent…

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