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Derek Morrow (left), IADC Regional Director for Australasia, presents Kirk Atkinson of Noble Drilling with the Offshore Winners Award plaque in Perth on 1 July

Written for experienced drillers, the Drillers Knowledge Book provides never-before-published solutions to common drilling problems and methods to continually improve efficiency during drilling. The book covers all aspects of drilling, including well design and construction, hydraulic optimization, rock mechanics, drilling fluid processing and more. It focuses on field-proven techniques and procedures necessary for a drilling rig to drill at its maximum potential, while eliminating trouble time and costs that delay drilling and increase risks.

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Offshore drilling industry must cooperate to ‘recalibrate’ market

BP’s Atoll-1, which became one of the deepest wells ever drilled offshore Egypt, was drilled from the Maersk Discoverer and was finished 62 days ahead of the AFE target. Built in 2009, the semi can work in water depths of up to 10,000 ft. The rig has a maximum drill depth of 40,000 ft.

Cutthroat competition for offshore rig contracts became an unfortunate reality for drilling contractors worldwide this year. Without a significant decrease in the global offshore rig supply, these woes will likely persist into 2016. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the active offshore rig count declined by almost 20% between August 2014 and August 2015, no doubt the result of big declines in crude oil prices and, subsequently, operator CAPEX.

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Pressures mount as industry goes deep into survival mode

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The upstream oil and gas industry has gone into survival mode, and analysts appear to agree that things are going to get worse before they get better. With low and volatile oil prices leading to more and more postponed drilling projects and lower and lower rig counts, operators, drilling contractors and service companies alike are cutting costs wherever possible. However, it’s the drilling contractors and service companies that have bore the brunt of these reductions, and analysts are urging the industry to increase collaboration to reduce costs in a balanced manner.

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The theme is extreme at 11 November DEC Tech Forum

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The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) will hold “Extreme Drilling,” the group’s Q4 Technology Forum, on 11 November in Houston. The DEC is led by Chairman Keith Lynch, ConocoPhillips. Presentations at the technology forum include: Remotely Operated Cementing Methods for Drilling with Liner Installations, Steve Rosenberg, Weatherford; Drilling Motors for 300C Geothermal Wells, Dave Epplin, Baker Hughes; Drilling & Completion Challenges from an Ongoing Central North Sea HPHT Field Development, Bill Burch, Mercury Well Control; Aluminum Alloy Enhanced Drill String Enables Small Rig to Reach KOP in the Marcellus, Saving Operator $500k, Jeff Lehner, Alcoa Energy Systems; Overview of "Driller's Knowledge Book," Juan Garcia, Worldwide Drilling Manager, ExxonMobil emeritus; and Sakhalin ERD Challenges, Mike Walker, ExxonMobil.

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ART Committee commits to new work programs; survey shows surprising results

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An audience survey at the 2015 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, held 13-14 October in Amsterdam, showed that some attitudes toward automation are shifting significantly — and others are not. The annual automated-response system survey at this year’s event showed that the perception of industry’s greatest need has flipped 180 degrees. In booming 2014, the audience ranked “skilled manpower” number one, with 57% of the vote. Only 19% of respondents selected “higher levels of drill floor automation” — and this in an audience heavily weighted with automation technologists.

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