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Maersk Drilling orders two ultra-deepwater drillships

Posted on 06 July 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Maersk Drilling has ordered the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for delivery in…

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Asia Offshore Drilling orders new KFELS B Class jackup

Posted on 06 July 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Asia Offshore Drilling (AOD) has exercised the first of two options to build a KFELS B Class jackup rig worth US$184 million with Keppel FELS…

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Contractors awarded jackup work, FEED project for modular rig

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

KCA DEUTAG has been selected by Woodside Energy to carry out a major front end engineering design (FEED) contract relating to a 3,000-hp modular…

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Wild Well Control to offer subsea capping system for up to 15,000-ft water depths

Posted on 10 May 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News, The Efficient Rig

Wild Well Control will introduce a global subsea well containment system this fall, according to an…

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Shear All Ram features curved asymmetrical blades

Posted on 10 May 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News, The Efficient Rig

The Shear All Ram (SAR) was introduced last week at OTC, a BOP ram design whose field tests show it has the ability to shear “any size pipe and casing with…

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Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The last time I had the privilege of writing an article for Drilling Contractor was in March 2009, when the offshore drilling industry was reeling from the effects of the more than 70% drop…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Departments, May/June

COSL Drilling Europe has signed a 12-month contract for the accommodation unit COSLRigmar with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia…

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Wellbore hydraulics R&D supports evolution in Brazil’s deepwater, presalt

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Approximately 80% of Brazilian oil production comes from offshore fields. Campos Basin is the major producing area while Espirito…

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Analysis: Global land rig demand may reach 7,300 by 2015

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

According to Douglas-Westwood analysis, total onshore drilling demand may reach a requirement for more than 7,300…

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Open-hole packers may help isolate faults in multistage fracturing tight formations

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

Drilling and completion operations in faulted reservoirs present a unique set of challenges. With the advent of multistage…

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