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Outsmarting Mother Nature

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The oil and gas industry has conquered many a force of nature in its history, but management of wellbore pressures remains among the trickiest challenges still being confronted on a daily basis in drilling operations around the world. From increasingly depleted land and offshore fields to the growing number…

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IADC developing KSAs for oil/gas positions

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

Drilling Contractor editorial coordinator Katherine Scott speaks with Mark Denkowski,vice president of accreditation and certification for IADC, on the KSA project. IADC has initiated the development of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for all oil and gas positions, with assistance from Petrofac in the implementation of the current KSA review and development of new positional […]

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What the shales have taught us

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

When the industry cracked the code on shales, it unlocked a wealth of unconventional resources, introduced new methods of drilling and completions, and made “fracturing” a household word. Technology sparked the shale boom that began a decade ago in the dry gas reservoirs of the Barnett play…

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Perspectives: Gregers Kudsk, Maersk Drilling – Industry’s joint efforts lead to advances in technology

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, March/April, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

At the forefront of advances in offshore drilling technologies, Gregers Kudsk, vice president and senior technical advisor for Maersk Drilling, pursues ideas from the beginning, even when the majority of people have yet to come on board. In the early stages of his career, he found himself working on technologies that would lead to improved rig efficiency and automation at a time when resources and knowledge were limited…

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ExxonMobil proposes hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure in Europe

Posted on 13 March 2012 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, News, Onshore Advances

Exxon Mobil Corp is calling for the adoption of a systematic hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure program in Europe…

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Repsol discovers one of Campos’ thickest hydrocarbons columns to date

Posted on 12 March 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Repsol Sinopec Brasil recently made a new oil discovery in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil…

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Statoil’s Øystein Arvid Håland to lead 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference

Posted on 09 March 2012 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Øystein Arvid Håland, senior vice president of drilling and well activity at Statoil, will chair the 2013 SPE/IADC…

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Behind the buzz: How to apply manufacturing methods to well construction

Posted on 09 March 2012 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News

A shift in focus from services to deliverables and products would help the industry to apply manufacturing…

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Automation: What the drilling industry can learn from aviation

Posted on 09 March 2012 in Innovating While Drilling, News

As drilling automation is becoming more common, it is placing greater demands on training of rig…

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Panel: Proactive engagement with public would cultivate trust

Posted on 09 March 2012 in Drilling It Safely, News

The more the public knows, the more comfortable they will be with what the industry does. Knowing the efforts and…

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