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Alpha Star semi delivered to Brazil’s Queiroz Galvão

Posted on 29 March 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Keppel FELS has delivered the Alpha Star, the second of two DSS 38 semisubmersible rigs, to Brazil’s Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG)…

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Longer, deviated wells push drill pipe limits

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Drill pipe technical performance is rarely the starting point for well planning – engineers expect that drill pipe will handle the challenges, loads and environments that it…

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Stick-slip workshop highlights mitigation technologies, needs

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article presents the results from a workshop on stick-slip mitigation held in Houston on 15 July 2010…

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Remote workflows put digital resources to work to reduce NPT

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

One of the biggest economic challenges for an operator when drilling a well is to reduce nonproductive time (NPT)…

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Sand control case histories: Shape memory polymers, resins, shunt tubes

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

Sand, a familiar adversary for drilling and completion engineers, continues to present a major obstacle to well production. It erodes hardware, blocks tubulars, creates downhole cavities and must be removed and disposed of…

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We’ve only just begun…

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

As we approach the first anniversary of the Macondo tragedy, the drilling industry remains far from back to normal. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued the first deepwater…

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2-in-1 bit: Dual cutting structure boosts ROP

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Drilling at a high penetration rate while maintaining durability to complete abrasive sand sections in the Riverside field of Pinedale, Wyo., has been a challenge…

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Managing kick/loss cycles in East Java

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Dealing with extreme kick/loss cycles is a given in the vuggy, fractured limestone of East Java’s Kujung formation. The difficult drilling is further complicated by reservoir gas with…

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Industry must engineer for simplicity, standardization

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

For those of us who work in the drilling business, we know that the industry’s image among the general public is a misrepresentation, that it doesn’t reflect the emphasis we put on safety or efforts…

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Strategy, engagement, execution: 10 secrets to raise your company’s safety quotient

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Departments, Drilling It Safely, March/April

What do great safety organizations do that others don’t? Drawing on our experience with hundreds of organizations around the world, we have identified 10 characteristics shared by great safety organizations. These…

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