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On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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UT Austin-based drilling automation consortium builds data visualization templates, develops data-driven top drive monitoring techniques


Although automated drilling has been a popular discussion topic among drilling engineers for much of the past decade, practical solutions have been slow to emerge. Since its launch in May 2015, the University of Texas-based Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium has worked to speed the pace of automated drilling innovations by delivering pragmatic and immediately applicable solutions to some of the drilling industry’s most pressing issues...

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New drill stem rotary shoulder connection incorporates innovative single start shark thread shape


For the past century, the oil and gas industry has been pushing the limits of the existing drilling envelope to reach deeper, more remote hydrocarbon reservoirs. The evolution of drilling programs has driven drill string manufacturers to engineer new drill pipe solutions to safely develop the most challenging horizontal and extended-reach drilling (ERD) well profiles.

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IADC partners with Texas A&M to launch 1st student chapter

The IADC student chapter at Texas A&M received its certificate of organization on 31 January. Front row from left are Wendolyne Castillo, A&M Chapter Treasurer; Zack Aldelamy, A&M Chapter Secretary; Corey Wittig, A&M Chapter Chairman; and Zachary Matous, A&M Chapter Vice Chairman. Back row from left are Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling and IADC Houston Chapter Chairman; Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI Energy and 2017 IADC Chairman; Ron Lee, Noble Drilling and IADC adviser to the A&M chapter; Dr Jerome Schubert, professor and A&M Chapter faculty sponsor; and Jason McFarland, IADC President.

IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter on 31 January. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon.

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Extended life, quicker make-up and gas tightness among key innovation areas as operators seek larger tubulars, lower costs of ownership


In a market where operators and drilling contractors alike are analyzing every nickel and dime in their operations, drill pipe manufacturers must ensure tubular technologies are providing the required performance at an accessible cost. “What we’re doing right now is helping companies to reduce their cost of ownership,” said Guillaume Plessis, Director of Global Marketing for Grant Prideco, a National Oilwell Varco (NOV) company. “We will still see optimization of the product, but we also want to make it a very affordable possibility.”

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