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Competency-driven projects to mark 2014 IADC chairmanship

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

If he hadn’t gone into the drilling industry, Jay Minmier thinks he could’ve made a good career as a coach. “I like working with people. I like mentoring people, and I like coaching people…”

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Plenary session to discuss importance of internal resources to develop unconventional gas production

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, January/February

Drilling hazards – such as wellbore instability, lost-circulation zones, overpressurized formations – can threaten the economics and…

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Cobalt makes first discovery in syn-rift deepwater Angola

Posted on 24 January 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Cobalt International Energy, along with the National Concessionaire Sonangol and the Block 21 partners, has made the first discovery in the syn-rift interval in the Bicuar…

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Maersk Oil acquires two exploration blocks in Kurdistan

Posted on 23 January 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

The Kurdistan Regional Government has approved Maersk Oil’s acquisition of a 40% non-operating interest in the Piramagrun and Qala Dze production sharing contracts (PSC) from…

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Marta Lafuente, Vallourec: Industry acceptance of innovation is priceless

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, January/February

Working in the oil and gas industry was not in Marta Lafuente’s plans when she began her engineering career in France, focusing primarily on steel manufacturing. However…

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Integrated service steers smooth wellbore to TD in Brazil’s pre-salt

Posted on 21 January 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Far from being a mere buzzword, efficiency is a critical driver in all E&P operations. In deepwater drilling, efficiency has become a more elusive goal as wells are drilled…

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Enventure installs nearly 6,000 ft of expandable liner in the Middle East

Posted on 20 January 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Enventure has announced a world record for the longest 5 ½-in. SET solid expandable cased-hole liner. The 5,730-ft liner was installed in a power water injector…

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Drilling Ahead: New initiatives and new look for IADC

Posted on 20 January 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

When the American Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (AAODC) refreshed its brand in 1972, morphing into IADC, it replaced “American” with “International” and…

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Petrobras’ proven pre-salt reserves up 43% in 2013

Posted on 20 January 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras’ proven pre-salt reserves, which extend from the south of the state of Espírito Santo to the state of Santa Catarina, are up 43% in 2013 compared to 2012. In 2013…

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Drydocks World: Largest CJ80 jackup to be built for North Sea

Posted on 14 January 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Drydocks World (DDW) and Drill One Capital have signed an agreement to build the Dubai Expo 2020 NS mega jackup designed by Gusto MSC. The rig will be built to operate in…

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