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Shell adds third major discovery to Norphlet play in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 15 July 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Shell has made its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well. After more than 10 years of exploration…

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Occidental Petroleum names California Resources Corp leadership team

Posted on 11 July 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Occidental Petroleum Corp has announced the leadership team for its subsidiary, California Resources Corp (CRC), and named Todd A. Stevens as President and CEO and William…

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Drilling Ahead: Want good news? Don’t read this column!

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

“It’s not my job to give you good news,” declared spunky Susan Mackenzie, head of the Energy Division of the UK Health & Safety Executive. When Ms Mackenzie began…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

KCA Deutag’s land division has been awarded a contract worth more than $90 million by Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, for the supply of two arctic cluster…

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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Maersk Drilling has placed an order with GE Oil & Gas for the industry’s first 20,000-psi rated deepwater BOP and riser systems. The order, which is subject to a final investment…

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Downhole shakeup

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Rumblings, from surface to TD, are omnipresent throughout a drilling operation. From long-reach horizontal wells onshore the US to the deepest offshore wells around the world, shock and vibration takes…

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IADC launches KSA Competencies Program online database

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC officially kicked off its Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Competencies Program at IADC World Drilling 2014 in Vienna in June. The goal of the project is to ensure…

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Real-time drilling service halts twist-offs in Wolfcamp wells

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

An operator in the Permian Basin requested Baker Hughes to provide a real-time drilling performance service due to numerous drill string twist-offs occurring on both…

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Rolling PDC cutter enhances drill bit life in Granite Wash runs

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Recent advances in diamond bonding techniques and manufacturing processes have enabled the industry to produce highly abrasion-resistant polycrystalline diamond cutters…

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