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US operators targeting liquids-rich Utica shale play

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

While the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays continue to be the focus of US onshore drilling, the industry is also making moves into a new play that could…

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Well intervention simulator tops off Shell’s new advanced well control course

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News

Shell is raising its well control standards and hopes to be an example for the industry to follow. Last week, the…

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En route to ‘goal zero,’ Sharpe believes well intervention simulator will help Shell reach higher level of competence

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News

The industry strives to better its safety performance and to eliminate HSE incidents. Statistics are promising and…

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Proposed JIP aims to define next generation of MWD directional tools in well-placement applications

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Directional MWD tools have seen few major improvements in the last 35 years, but a proposed Drilling Engineering…

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PwC: International investment in US shale plays surge, drive M&A activity

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Investments in US shale plays by companies worldwide are shaping the merger and acquisition (M&A) environment…

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Unconventional liquids-rich plays feature unique characteristics, challenges

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

As the pricing differential between oil and natural gas has widened, operators are increasingly applying the…

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STMZ frac-pack completion system proves value in ultra-deepwater GOM

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

A three-zone single-trip multi-zone frac-pack completion system was deployed successfully in the Lower Tertiary…

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Raspino, Rynd named IADC Contractor of the Year

Posted on 15 November 2011 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, Videos

IADC presented two IADC Contractor of the Year awards this year to John Rynd of Hercules Offshore and Louis Raspino, who led Pride International prior to its…

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Industry unites under SEMS Taskforce to implement new program

Posted on 08 November 2011 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Videos

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E&P boom triggers growing pains in Brazil

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Poised to become the largest single offshore market in the world, Brazil is undergoing a major boom cycle, with multinational operator Petrobras leading the way…

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