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Money no object’ if faster, better wells the result

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher “Money is no object” – for technology to deliver wells efficiently, say operators hungry for practical, groundbreaking tools for well construction. “If it’s something that will deliver wells and deliver them fast, (funding and development) will happen,” declared an operator to whom, clearly, new and effective technology is near […]

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News Cuttings

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

North Sea Chapter donates to UK charities The Oil Chaplaincy Trust and the Anthony Nolan Trust have been selected as charities that will receive funds collected at the North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards. A total of £4,660 was raised through personal and company donations and with the chapter’s pledge to match all funds […]

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Wirelines

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

EPA may draft national cbm regulations The US Environmental Protection Agency indicated it’s on the path to formulating national regulations for coalbed methane (CBM) operations under the Clean Water Act. IPAA and five other major national trade associations, including IADC, joined by 38 state producer trade groups, have vigorously protested this initiative as unwarranted, and […]

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IADC operations push forward with focus on improving drilling efficiency worldwide

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

It’s been another exciting and challenging year as IADC strives to fulfill the needs of an intensely demanding and always-evolving industry. In government affairs, for example, we continue to provide critical input on the EU’s Working Time Directive and critical court appeals that will impact day-to-day drilling operations. Our accreditation & certification department is further […]

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American reality TV show doesn’t come close to portraying the reality of industry’s rigs

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

By Joe Leimkuhler, Shell E&P If you have not seen the TV series “Black Gold” (broadcast on the TruTV channel on American television), you may have heard about it. Based on online reviews and trailers, the show appears to have attracted quite a following:  Variety: “It’s undeniably entertaining.” Dallas Morning News: “… You’ve got a […]

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Deepwater cement design optimized for record-length expandable liner in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Completing the Well, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By Don Schultz, Greg Pollard, Nexen Petroleum; George Fuller, Joey Langlinais, Michael Serio, Jasen Bradley, Halliburton During a sidetrack operation out of 9 7/8-in. casing on a deepwater well in Green Canyon Block 243, Gulf of Mexico, unexpected hole conditions were encountered that required the use of an additional casing string. The decision was made […]

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Managing retrieval of triple-zone intelligent completions in offshore extended-reach well

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Completing the Well, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By L. Izquierdo, T.U. Ceccarelli, Schlumberger; G.P. Hertfelder, K. Koerner, Plains E&P; S. Pace, Chevron An independent operator offshore California has successfully achieved triple-zone intelligent well completions in an extended-reach drilling (ERD) campaign in its Rocky Point field. To date, two workover interventions have been performed in five deployments in the field, of which three […]

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MPD planning: How much is enough?

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

By Paul Spriggs, Philip J Frink, Blade Energy Partners This article addresses the key drivers and risks associated with the use of applied backpressure managed pressure drilling. One of the two key issues that must be understood early on is whether the well can be drilled statically overbalanced or if it needs to be drilled […]

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Deepwater trend pushes risk management to forefront

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By Katie Mazerov, contributing editor As oil prices surge and easy-to-tap reservoirs dwindle, the oil and gas industry finds itself venturing into complicated formations and much deeper waters, using technology that just ten years ago was unfathomable. Now, with the stakes higher than they’ve ever been, an already risky business has become even riskier, with […]

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Defining drillstring specifications to maximize safety, performance in sour service environments

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

By Anne Sevignon and William Gamisans, VAM Drilling The evolution of drilling programs has driven the industry to develop more suitable solutions adapted to extreme and aggressive environments such as sour service. High-strength drill pipe is necessary to achieve deeper drilling objectives, even if the sulfide stress cracking susceptibility is an acknowledged concern starting with […]

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