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Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

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HSE&T Corner: Quantitative method can guide competency programs, determine value of assessment

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

When something goes wrong, the culprit is oftentimes the human factor – not having the right person with the right skills in the right place at the right time. “If you look…

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Editorial: Tools to improve performance are there, but it’s up to the industry to use them

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

The industry believes it’s on top of its game, but that is far from what the public feels. This was stated by Kevin Lacy while speaking on a panel session at the recent…

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Offshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: OMV details Barents Sea success; CSB report cites pipe buckling as cause of BOP failure in Macondo

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Understanding the risk factors and what are the “unknowns” when drilling in uncharted areas is key to a safe and successful operation. Far north in the Barents Sea…

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Wirelines

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

Jared Blong, CEO and President of Midland, Texas-based Octane Energy and past Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter, recently addressed the US House Committee on Small…

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Tubular integrity begins with assurance of robust connections

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, July/August, The Efficient Rig

The integrity of the tubular string is only as good as the connection between each joint. Connection makeup acceptance and accuracy are critical to casing string integrity, which provides a secure mechanical…

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API publishes standard for community engagement

Posted on 10 July 2014 in News, Onshore Advances

API has published an industry standard for community engagement in areas of the country where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy…

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Claxton completes rigless removal of a stuck BHA during slot recovery

Posted on 09 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Claxton Engineering Services, an Acteon company, has completed the first rigless removal of a stuck bottomhole assembly (BHA). The work was completed during a slot recovery…

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Diamond Offshore appoints Woll as Senior VP, Chief Commercial Officer

Posted on 08 July 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Diamond Offshore has appointed Ronald Woll as Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately. Based in Houston, Mr Woll will have oversight of the company’s…

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Maintaining pressure key to casing integrity

Posted on 08 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, News

For drilling contractors, asset integrity is most strongly linked to the reliability and performance of drilling rigs and the equipment onboard those rigs. However, many…

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