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Wired drill pipe enables automation, optimization of drilling process

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Maersk Drilling and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently collaborated on a project in the Norwegian North Sea in which wired drill pipe technology was installed and deployed on a jackup to improve the drilling process. The details of this project were discussed in a presentation at the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 28 June in Amsterdam. The presentation was jointly delivered by Sarah Balangalibun, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Maersk Drilling, and Sanna Zainoune, Senior Dynamic Drilling Solutions Engineer with NOV. In this video with DC, Ms Balangalibun and Ms Zainoune talk about the challenges on this Norwegian field that led to the implementation of wired drill pipe technology, specific applications that were deployed the rig, as well as results achieved. Watch the video to learn more...

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Thigpen: Improving performance, efficiency will be key for offshore to compete with shales

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The offshore industry has reduced deepwater development costs by up to 50% over the past couple of years, much of it sustainable, but is that enough for deepwater to compete with shales for investors’ capital? In the near term, probably not, acknowledged Jeremy Thigpen, Transocean President and CEO, in a keynote presentation at IADC World Drilling 2017. But in the long term, there remains a critical need for deepwater resources...

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Companies should leverage data to make people, not machines, smarter

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When talking about big data, the focus is often on using it to improve machine or software capabilities. However, the goal of big data should actually be to enable better human decision-making, Amit Mehta, Chief Excellence Officer for data analytics company Moblize, said at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee Technology Forum, held on 14 June in Houston. In this video with DC, Mr Mehta explains how engineers can use big data to improve their performance and separate fact from fiction...

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Sola Falodun recognized with IADC Exemplary Service Award

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Sola Falodun, General Manager, Drilling and Completion Systems for Nigeria-based OES Energy Services, was presented with an IADC Exemplary Service Award at IADC World Drilling 2017 on 28 June in Amsterdam. Mr Falodun was recognized for his service as Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, as well other contributions to the organization, including serving on the Program Committee for IADC Drilling Africa...

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Small signs hint at possible recovery in still-sluggish North Sea

The ENSCO 120 jackup is scheduled to begin a three-year drilling program in the North Sea in July. It was the first rig equipped with Ensco’s Canti-Leverage Advantage system, which enhances the rig’s hoisting capacity at the farthest reaches of the cantilever when the rig is fully skidded out, leading to fewer rig moves on multiwell programs.

Although the North Sea drilling market is still quite a ways from what one might call healthy, small signs of recovery are starting to sprout. Several operators, for example, have publicly touted significant reductions in their breakeven costs for offshore projects – from Maersk Oil’s $40-45 range for pre-FID projects to Statoil’s $27 for pre-FID Norwegian Shelf projects...

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No room for failure in RSS performance as cost pressures persist

NOV developed the VectorEDGE RSS for drilling lateral sections in wells on well-understood fields. By eliminating near-bit sensors and built-in MWD equipment, the cost of the RSS has been cut in half. Design of the system began in 2012, and field tests in West Texas and the Northeast US have been ongoing since 2016.

Today’s rotary steerable systems (RSS) are being developed with one primary goal: delivering high-quality wellbores at low cost. Some service companies are reducing costs by developing more durable tools that can drill for longer in harsh environments, while others are focused on reducing the cost of the tool itself by eliminating non-essential functions...

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North Sea wells prove efficiency, function of multistage ball-actuated, sleeve-based stimulation system

Packers and sliding sleeves on the inner liner allow for staged fractured operations inside the perforated outer liner.

Wells in the North Sea that require multistage fracturing have typically used cemented plug-and-perf completions. Although this method is widely used due to historical precedent, its stimulation effects can sometimes underdeliver. The process is also time consuming, with typical turnaround times per stage varying from three to seven days for North Sea projects...

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Statoil adopts integrated, trilateral partnership in search of ‘perfect wells’ on Johan Sverdrup field

Speaking at the 2017 OTC on 3 May in Houston, Jákup Øregaard, Drilling Manager at Statoil, detailed an integrated, trilateral partnership among the operator, drilling contractor and main service provider, including a shared incentive system, that supported a 70% recovery goal for the Johan Sverdrup field.

Operated by Statoil, Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), holding an estimated 1.9 billion to 3 billion BOE. In March 2016, Statoil began pre-drilling eight producer wells on the field, with the goal of delivering “perfect wells,” or wells delivered in the minimum possible time, that would contribute to a 70% recovery goal for the field...

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