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Switching to bi-fuel: factors to be considered

Posted on 21 May 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

The drilling industry is increasingly turning to compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel solution on drilling sites. Significant savings are possible compared with diesel, but several factors…

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Concho Resources: Horizontal drilling will continue to drive Permian Basin growth

Posted on 20 May 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Under a growth plan called “2×3”, Concho Resources is expecting to ramp up its drilling activities in the Permian Basin in order to double its production by 2016. Further, most…

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GE’s real-time Directive system increases reliability with stable sensor package

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, OTC, Videos, Videos OTC

GE Oil & Gas recently launched its Directive system, which was showcased on the exhibit floor at the 2014 OTC. It features a sensor package that is at least four times more stable…

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Schlumberger’s Seismic Guided Drilling predicts pore pressure ahead of bit

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, OTC, The Offshore Frontier, Videos, Videos OTC

Using both surface seismic and logging-while-drilling data, Schlumberger’s Seismic Guided Drilling (SGD) provides a 3D look-ahead velocity model and reduces…

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Baker Hughes launches constant-rheology NSURE oil-based drilling fluid

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier, Videos, Videos OTC

Baker Hughes recently launched the NSURE oil-based drilling fluid that can be used in high-risk environments such as Norway, the UK, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa…

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MTU Bi-Fuel Kit integrates controls to use natural gas for pressure-pumping operations

Posted on 13 May 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News, OTC, The Efficient Rig, Videos, Videos OTC

Ben Berwick, Director of Oil & Gas Applications at MTU, spoke with DC editorial assistant Lauren Wolfson at OTC last week about the company’s new Bi-Fuel Kit…

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Baker Hughes Cytadel packer provides extra pressure barrier

Posted on 12 May 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, News, OTC, Videos, Videos OTC

Mark Knebel, Product Line Manager for Baker Hughes’ Wellbore Integrity and Specialty Services, introduces the Cytadel packer in this exclusive video…

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Riser pumping technology may help retrofitted rigs drill challenging deepwater wells

Posted on 12 May 2014 in News, OTC, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Utilizing the forces of nature, an electrically powered mid-level riser pumping technology can give existing sixth-generation rigs the capability to drill difficult…

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Well Control Institute to seek industry comments; Exec Board agrees on new initiative at inaugural meeting

Posted on 12 May 2014 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

The Well Control Institute (WCI) set its strategic initiatives at its inaugural Executive Board meeting on 7 May. Executive-level representatives from a broad range of industry-leading companies…

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Shell: Appraisal sets stage for overall development cycle for emerging deepwater projects

Posted on 12 May 2014 in News, OTC, The Offshore Frontier

Post-discovery, the appraisal phase is key in setting a solid foundation for the selection, design, execution and production phases of the development. “The appraisal…

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