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‘Factory drilling’ boosts ROP with automation

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

Recent developments in drilling automation processes and software systems have been used to optimize performance in the Chicontepec field development…

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Outlook 2012: Despite recession fears, industry on track for promising-to-bullish year

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Amid macro-economic uncertainty and market volatility, analysts are putting the industry on a promising-to-bullish track for 2012 as oil prices remain solid, rig counts rise…

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LRRS treads fine line within drilling window

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The low riser return system (LRRS) is a method for managing wellbore pressures during offshore drilling operations. It works by adjusting the mud level in the marine riser…

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Mediterranean drilling looks to promising recovery on the horizon

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Mediterranean is a microcosm of how geopolitical and economic events can impact oil and gas recovery…

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ICS helps structure blowout response plan

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, November/December

To establish an effective blowout response, drilling hazards must be assessed. This article describes how Petrobras is approaching blowout response…

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SEMS rule marks new beginning in environmental, safety practices

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December, Videos

Facing an impending deadline, companies from all corners of the industry capitalized on an unprecedented opportunity to help themselves reach a shared goal…

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Hydraulic-set packers may boost production

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, November/December

A number justifications can be made for decisions on tool selection for open-hole multistage fracturing. More specifically, what type of packer provides reliable isolation…

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Annual General Meeting Special: IADC 2011– operations summary

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC is coordinating a lobbying strategy in response to US House legislation introduced in September 2011 at the behest of the Jones Act Coalition…

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Annual General Meeting Special: Post-Macondo efforts extensive, ongoing

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

Over the past year, IADC continued to work with regulatory and industry groups from the US and around the world, to get the global drilling industry back on track…

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HSE Corner: Communication, participation among simple steps to boost JSA effectiveness

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Departments, November/December

Redundancy can lead to complacency, and often, it takes a careless mistake and avoidable event to remind people to treat an everyday task with the utmost care…

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