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Study analyzes response of deepwater riser with suspended BOP

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Worldwide petroleum demand induces the search for new offshore oil and gas reserves in deeper and deeper waters. In this scenario, offshore drilling is carried out in water…

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Back on the upswing

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

Steadily high oil prices – WTI oil continues to hover around $100/bbl – along with expanding opportunities around the world have drilling contractors, operators and analysts…

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Rewards on the offshore horizon

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Navigating the offshore market these days is an uneasy voyage of great expectations balanced by economic reality. As a strong pipeline of deepwater projects and buoyant…

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Offshore drilling & technology briefs

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

A 25-well batch-casing program in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has exceeded targets around safety and efficiency over a six-month development campaign that logged zero…

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HSE&T Corner: Alliance governance can help manage risk in contractor/service company interface

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, May/June

On any drilling rig, the relationships among operators, drilling contractors and various service companies can be complex, leading to obstacles in the…

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Fred Dupriest: Teaching a physics-based approach to the next drilling generation

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June, Videos

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So the saying goes, but it’s just not how Fred Dupriest works. For him, doing something better is not enough if it’s still being done in the same way…

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Onshore drilling & technology briefs

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

Automated rig aims to reduce human exposure; California well stimulation regulations put operations at standstill…

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Continuous inclination, azimuth measurement optimizes RSS control

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Onshore Advances

When they were introduced in the mid-1990s, rotary steerable systems (RSS) represented a step-change in directional drilling. Over the years, continued advances have expanded the operating…

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ERD advances push limits on Chayvo wells

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The second drilling campaign at the Chayvo field, located offshore Sakhalin Island, targeted a new reservoir zone using extended-reach wells from onshore. A total of four oil producers…

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Case study: Culture of performance drives Iraqi drilling campaign

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

The giant Majnoon oilfield in Iraq was discovered in 1975 by Braspetro (Petrobras). It is located in southern Iraq, 60 km (37 miles) from Basra. Multiple reservoirs contain an estimated…

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