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Halliburton facilities, business lines first in Angola to achieve API Q2 registration

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Halliburton announced that its Angolan facilities, Luanda – SONILS base, which incorporates the Cabinda – Malembo base and Soyo – Kwanda base facilities, and all of the company’s product service lines in those locations have received the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q2 Registration. The facilities are the first in Angola to receive this registration, an advanced industry quality standard for oil and natural gas service companies...

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IOGP publishes updated version of the guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys

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The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) has published an update to the Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys, reflecting feedback on the original document from regulators around the world, IOGP member companies, contractors, verification bodies and consultants...

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Noble Energy announces execution of gas sales agreements for export of gas to Egypt

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Noble Energy has announced that it has signed agreements to sell significant quantities of natural gas from the Leviathan and Tamar fields to Dolphinus Holdings to supply gas in Egypt. These agreements, one for natural gas from Leviathan and one for Tamar, each provide for total contract quantities of 1.15 trillion cu ft of natural gas. The natural gas is anticipated to supply industrial and petrochemical customers as well as future power generation in Egypt...

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New tool offers alternative to conventional hammer unions

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To eliminate workplace injuries resulting from conventional hammer unions, R&H Manufacturing has developed SaferUnion, a tool that tightens or loosens connections at a consistent torque without the use of a sledgehammer. SaferUnions consists of a nut, torque wrench and long bar, which inserts into one of the nut’s eight access points, located every 45°. The bar can then be pushed or pulled easily by a single person. In this video, Rae Burrows, Technical Designer/Engineer, and Will Broussard, Developer, discuss the drivers behind the development of the tool. They also highlight the advantages it offers compared with conventional hammer unions. More information about the tool, which was presented at the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Spark Tank in December, can be found ...

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Churchill Drilling Tools launches dartless version of self-filling float

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Churchill Drilling Tools has introduced a dartless version of its self-filling float. The original dart-activated version allows the string to self-fill while running in hole and can reduce trip time by 30% to 50% compared with regular floats, according to the company. The float remains dormant while it’s run in hole and is later activated with a dart. In late 2017, the company launched the SFF Trigger, a dartless version of the self-filling float. Like the original self-filling float, the SFF Trigger remains dormant while it’s run in hole. However, a new automatic activation system is triggered when the float reaches a preset depth and pressure. In this video from the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference in Abu Dhabi, Nicholas Kjaer, General Manager-Middle East for Churchill Drilling Tools, explains how the automatic activation system works, as well as the benefits of dartless activation...

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IADC ready to help offshore contractors ramp up activity in 2018

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The downturn has put increased pressure on the oil and gas industry to become more efficient, particularly because many analysts and executives are expecting low oil prices to linger for some time. This reality was reflected in the theme of the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference, ”Building on today’s efficiencies for tomorrow’s market,” held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In this video from the conference on 29 January, Jim Thorn, IADC Division Vice President-International Onshore, explains how the conference’s theme is applicable to offshore drilling contractors. He also discusses some of the challenges, particularly around staffing and training, confronting offshore contractors in 2018 as their activity is expected to ramp up. Mr Thorn explains how IADC’s efforts can help contractors tackle these challenges...

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Regulatory climate shifting, positioning US for energy dominance

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Under the Trump Administration, the oil and gas industry has transitioned from a defensive player constantly working against regulatory red tape to one poised for energy dominance, said Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance (WEA), a trade and lobbying group. Still, legal and regulatory hurdles remain, and the WEA is working to challenge rules that curtail oil and natural gas development, such as those related to methane emissions and public land use planning. In this video from the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 6 February, Ms Sgamma discusses the group’s regulatory rollback efforts, which include reducing approval time for a drilling permit from an average time of 257 days to 30-45 days. The group is also focusing on reducing federal regulations for drilling permits for wells with long laterals that run through small portions of federal lands. Watch the video for more information....

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Thorough investigations into small incidents can yield big safety gains

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Small incidents – or unplanned events that did not result in injury, illness or damage but had the potential to do so – should be investigated more thoroughly than they are now. It is a cost-effective way to provide a greater understanding of complex systems and global behaviors, Mike Munsil, Project Manager at PSRG, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Munsil explains how a 5-Why approach, which asks a series of successive “why” questions, can be used to investigate small incidents. He also explains why he advocates for the term “small incident” rather than “near miss,” which can convey the idea that an event is isolated and unimportant...

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