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Unconventional liquids-rich plays feature unique characteristics, challenges

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

As the pricing differential between oil and natural gas has widened, operators are increasingly applying the…

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STMZ frac-pack completion system proves value in ultra-deepwater GOM

Posted on 13 December 2011 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

A three-zone single-trip multi-zone frac-pack completion system was deployed successfully in the Lower Tertiary…

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Raspino, Rynd named IADC Contractor of the Year

Posted on 15 November 2011 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, Videos

IADC presented two IADC Contractor of the Year awards this year to John Rynd of Hercules Offshore and Louis Raspino, who led Pride International prior to its…

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Industry unites under SEMS Taskforce to implement new program

Posted on 08 November 2011 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Videos

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E&P boom triggers growing pains in Brazil

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Poised to become the largest single offshore market in the world, Brazil is undergoing a major boom cycle, with multinational operator Petrobras leading the way…

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Swellable packers qualified for Valhall

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, November/December

To redevelop the Valhall Field in the North Sea to enable continued production until 2050, BP Norge is increasing the reservoir pressure by waterflooding…

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Well control risks on HPHT wells may call for system upgrades

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Although much progress has been made in kick detection techniques in recent years, kicks still occur and vary in type, composition…

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‘Factory drilling’ boosts ROP with automation

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

Recent developments in drilling automation processes and software systems have been used to optimize performance in the Chicontepec field development…

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Outlook 2012: Despite recession fears, industry on track for promising-to-bullish year

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Amid macro-economic uncertainty and market volatility, analysts are putting the industry on a promising-to-bullish track for 2012 as oil prices remain solid, rig counts rise…

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LRRS treads fine line within drilling window

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The low riser return system (LRRS) is a method for managing wellbore pressures during offshore drilling operations. It works by adjusting the mud level in the marine riser…

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