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Statoil: Automatic MPD a coming reality

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a technology that enables fast and accurate control of the pressure in the well during drilling and completion operations. This is achieved…

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Tax increase hits UK North Sea sector hard

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Warp back to the first few weeks of 2011 and it looked as if Northwest Europe was set for a vintage year, so long as oil prices remained robust and there were no “left-of-field balls” to…

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2010 ISP reports slight rise in LTIs, fatalities

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry lost some ground in 2010 when it came to its lost-time incidence (LTI), recordable incidence and fatality rates, according to the newest…

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Editorial: Center for Offshore Safety a key step for industry to embrace real change

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

In January this year, the National Commission on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill released its report along with several recommendations for changes to the oversight of offshore operations relating to both safety and protection of the environment…

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IADC environmental conference spurs first-time industry dialogue with Cuba

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC achieved a safety landmark in May when it gathered industry experts and specialists from around the world, including Cuba and the Bahamas, to begin a critical dialogue on personnel and system safety in oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean…

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Students get eye-opening experience at IADC Environmental Conference

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

When Stephanie Liddelow, a petroleum engineering student from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), took her seat in the conference room of the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 12 May, she did not know quite what to expect…

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Wirelines

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Safety Outreach Team held its first meeting at the Bismarck, N.D., State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence on 27 May to discuss the formulation of safety standards for the oil and gas industry…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) celebrated the safety successes of its members at the annual Safety Awards dinner held at the Mercure Ardoe House in Aberdeen on 13 May…

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Drilling Ahead: Shale revolution shifts to oily & international phase

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

The shale revolution has shifted into a new phase to encompass oil plays and expand its frontiers beyond North America. In today’s US rig count, the increase in oil-focused rigs mirrors nearly perfectly the decline in gas rigs…

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European shale gas: a long road ahead

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Shale gas has revolutionized the North American natural gas landscape over the past few years. Across the pond, with the European Commission projecting that…

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