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Shear All Ram features curved asymmetrical blades

Posted on 10 May 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

The Shear All Ram (SAR) was introduced last week at OTC, a BOP ram design whose field tests show it has the ability to shear “any size pipe and casing with…

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Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The last time I had the privilege of writing an article for Drilling Contractor was in March 2009, when the offshore drilling industry was reeling from the effects of the more than 70% drop…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Departments, May/June

COSL Drilling Europe has signed a 12-month contract for the accommodation unit COSLRigmar with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia…

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Wellbore hydraulics R&D supports evolution in Brazil’s deepwater, presalt

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Approximately 80% of Brazilian oil production comes from offshore fields. Campos Basin is the major producing area while Espirito…

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Analysis: Global land rig demand may reach 7,300 by 2015

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

According to Douglas-Westwood analysis, total onshore drilling demand may reach a requirement for more than 7,300…

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Open-hole packers may help isolate faults in multistage fracturing tight formations

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

Drilling and completion operations in faulted reservoirs present a unique set of challenges. With the advent of multistage…

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HPHT completions: always a moving target

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, May/June

When it comes to pushing the envelope, the oil and gas industry has set a high bar for developing technologies that can transform seemingly unfathomable hurdles…

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JIP aims to minimize environmental risks, coastal impact through technology

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, May/June

The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems program, managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), aims…

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Dismantling our industry, rig by rig

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

Our industry has fought the Obama Administration in the judiciary, in congress and in the media. Yet, in defiance of federal court orders and repeated bipartisan requests…

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Plume modeling study quantifies risk of H2S release in exploration drilling

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Departments, May/June

With the increasing likelihood of exploration wells being located near population centers in the Middle East and elsewhere, an evaluation of the risk of an uncontrolled release of toxic gas reaching such a settlement needs to be quantified…

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