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Wired pipe delineates safer drilling margins

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In the post-Macondo world, government agencies have promulgated significant new safety standards to ensure the safety of workers, environment and assets…

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Rig design shift would put MPD at the ready

Posted on 16 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The rocks being drilled today demand more than a better set of tools; they require a different approach to well construction. That change is occurring in the form of MPD…

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Wirelines

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) has asked the European Commission to look to legislation in the form of a directive that would allow member states to adjust to local circumstances and align with existing regulatory frameworks…

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Niobrara wells prove BHA for coiled tubing

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

A recent five-well drilling program in the Niobrara formation along the Colorado-Kansas border has demonstrated a new bottomhole assembly (BHA) for coiled-tubing drilling…

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Riser failure study IDs well control weak links

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

A rig is drilling in heavy seas and the station-keeping system fails. The rig starts to drift. The riser emergency disconnect sequence is initiated, but due to a malfunction…

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Real-time mapping keeps well in reservoir

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

An operator planned to drill a horizontal production well in a field offshore Brazil where surface seismic reflection data indicated the target sand reservoirs…

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People, infrastructure challenge Brazil growth

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

The offshore drilling industry has seen exponential activity growth in Brazil, and it’s all about deepwater and the pre-salt. In particularly high demand is rig equipment that can go deeper…

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CT finds niches in data retrieval, plug drill-out

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, March/April

As one of the oilfield’s most flexible and versatile workhorses, coiled tubing continues to push the technology envelope with new applications in more sophisticated operations…

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Self-removing EFDAs level stimulation access

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, March/April

The industry has made great strides to improve the well completion phase of today’s producing oil and gas wells. What used to be considered a unique operation has been…

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Drilling Ahead: ‘Interesting times’ well met by IADC leaders

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

It’s with mixed feelings that I write this column, fondly and sadly bidding farewell to my longtime boss and friend Dr Lee Hunt, while welcoming with cheery anticipation his successor Stephen Colville. Lee has served this industry as IADC president since 1990, and as an IADC staffer for six years prior. I’ve had the honor and pleasure to work with Lee for more than 21 years…

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