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Drilling Ahead: Shale revolution shifts to oily & international phase

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

The shale revolution has shifted into a new phase to encompass oil plays and expand its frontiers beyond North America. In today’s US rig count, the increase in oil-focused rigs mirrors nearly perfectly the decline in gas rigs…

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European shale gas: a long road ahead

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Shale gas has revolutionized the North American natural gas landscape over the past few years. Across the pond, with the European Commission projecting that…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Deep Sea Metro took delivery of the Deepsea Metro I sixth-generation drillship from Hyundai Heavy Industries on 22 June. Odfjell Drilling has secured a contract with BG Group…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Woodside has signed on with AGR Drilling Services to use its Riserless Mud Recovery system (RMR) for top-hole drilling on an exploration campaign…

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Operator takes proactive approach to human-factors evaluation of equipment

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Safety within the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil and gas industry has become the focus of attention around the world after the Macondo incident in April 2010. However, preceding this incident, safety had already been a priority throughout the industry…

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Perspectives: Brady Long, Ensco – Dynamic drilling industry best experienced from the inside

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August, Uncategorized

Listening to Brady Long’s story of how he found himself working first at Pride International and now at Ensco, you realize that he’s telling you he feels more at home working among drillers than among lawyers. Considering his law degree background, it seems slightly ironic…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Departments, July/August

Paradigm Oilfield Services has secured a $400,000 contract to supply equipment, including stabilizers and its dual-stage hole-opener called “The Beast,” for a drilling operation in…

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Merged multilaterals system cuts time, risk

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, July/August

Inherent risks in component alignment and open-hole exposure time during conventional multilateral casing junction operations spurred the need for an innovative…

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Guest editorial: Who broke this? The fine art of finger-pointing when a rig fails

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August, Videos

Driven by the natural desire to identify what went wrong, blame is the predisposition of our dysfunctional industry. Instead of being grounded in a model of continuous improvement, we structure our organizations around the protection of proven business models and motivate ourselves by successfully adjudicating blame…

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JIP rethinks BOP leak detection for deepwater

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, July/August

To advance the technology of BOP leak detection through a software development initiative, operators, service providers and drilling contractors established…

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