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Brazil: On the straightaway in an energy marathon

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Any casual observer in Brazil could say that, with helicopters transporting modular rigs on land in the Amazon and the huge ultra-deepwater rigs dotting the seascape, it looks as though the country has met with an…

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UBD unlocks pay in North Sea wells

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article reviews an offshore underbalanced drilling project in the Danish sector of the North Sea undertaken during summer 2010. Two oil wells were drilled from a jackup, with produced oil and gas transferred to the accompanying…

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Low-force shear adds value to today’s BOPs

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, March/April, The Efficient Rig

With the increased use of stronger and tougher tubulars in today’s well construction, the ability to shear in the blowout preventer (BOP) without turning to larger operators is an…

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Shell pushes for more testing of rotating control devices

Posted on 04 March 2011 in Drilling It Safely, News, The Efficient Rig

“I think there’s going to be a lot of testing and a new wave of development of rotating control heads,” David Elliott of Shell said during a presentation at the…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 31 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

GE is investing US$500 million to expand its operations in Brazil and to accelerate technology partnerships with Brazilian companies…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 31 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

KCA DEUTAG has signed several rig contracts in recent months, including six rigs for BP on the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

KCA DEUTAG has established a strategic alliance with Robert Gordon University to provide drilling and rig training from the university’s…

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Perspectives: Cary Moomjian, Ensco: Industry needs new generation of leaders, association ‘stalwarts’

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

For Cary Moomjian, this industry is all about the people. Early in his career, he left private law practice in southern California to join Santa Fe Drilling Company because…

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HSE Corner: How to gain the upper hand in finger, hand safety: 10 tips from the industry

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Hand and finger injuries lead the industry’s recordable incidence rates every year. Data from IADC’s 2009 Incident Statistics Program (ISP) indicate that 34% of recordable incidents…

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Drilling Ahead: Strong oil prices, enabling technology drive expansion

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

Despite continuing uncertainty in the US Gulf of Mexico, the industry is smiling. Oil prices are rising, a driller’s delight…

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