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Lift plans must tackle key questions of risk, responsibility, crew understanding, equipment

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Drilling It Safely, July/August

A lifting operation should be a well thought-out process – careful planning and assessment are required to ensure it is conducted safely and effectively. Several key…

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Environmental benefits may outweigh higher initial costs for readily biodegradable lubricants

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Drilling It Safely, July/August

Diamond Offshore Drilling has worked with Ohio-based Terresolve Technologies to replace the petroleum lubricants used on Diamond’s rigs with readily biodegradable fluids where…

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Advances in high-performance drilling fluids enhance wellbore strength, help curb loss

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Operators and service companies are developing new advances in high-performance drilling fluids and techniques in order to enhance wellbore strength and mitigate…

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Open-hole applications testing multi-zone completions, expandable tools to new limits

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Completing the Well, July/August, Videos

Completions have never been simple. But for today’s wells, the industry has had to push the envelope to develop game-changing technologies to operate in increasingly complex…

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Ultra-large diameter bit designed for GOM salt sections through cutting-structure solutions

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Salt formations present unique drilling challenges relative to other formation types of comparable compressive strength and abrasivity. Due to its properties, many…

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Using right selection criteria key to successful slim-well designs with solid expandables

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Economic factors drive every aspect of the oil and gas industry. Operators are emphatic about maximizing the production potential of past, present and future wells. The adage of…

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Directional casing while drilling applied to improve high-angle top-hole drilling from producing platform

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Directional casing while Drilling (DCWD) using a rotary steerable system (RSS) or a steerable positive displacement motor (PDM) is a recent enabling technological application…

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S-well profile, batch drilling, LWD systems push performance on Tullow’s fast-tracked Jubilee

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Tullow oil has interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana where two successful exploration wells, Mahogany-1 and Hyedua-1, discovered the…

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Successful monobore expandable liner extension deployment saves difficult well onshore Egypt

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In May 2010, Baker Hughes and Cepsa achieved an expandable liner extension run for a difficult well onshore Egypt, marking the first successful run of the Baker…

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New seismic-while-drilling systems may help operators navigate complex well paths

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since the early 2000s, the seismic-while-drilling (SWD) market has been held exclusively by one service provider. Now, the SWD landscape is about to change…

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