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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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Drilling optimization enhances development of harsh-environment East Shetland fields

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

New operator in the North Sea EnQuest PLC, which acquired Petrofac Energy Developments Ltd, faced a daunting first drilling project in the northern-most reaches of the…

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NPD: Norway looks to natural gas, increased exploration, EOR techniques to boost production

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Norwegian oil production may have been on the downslide since the early 2000s, but the country is confident it can make up for that decline by boosting production of…

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North Sea discoveries: UK’s Tybalt, Catcher, Norway’s Draupne, Beta among hot prizes

Posted on 12 July 2010 in Global and Regional Markets, July/August

These are tough times for the North Sea. Even though oil prices are reasonably buoyant, the situation for natural gas is less positive. Coupled with multiple impacts from the…

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