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Underbalanced drilling helps PDO find gas in tight reservoir after 11 unsuccessful wells

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Deep-gas exploration wells in the Fahud Salt Basin in North Oman were traditionally drilled with high mud weights. Due to this conventional drilling…

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IADC continues to do what’s right for the rig through government affairs, global operations

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

In July 2010, IADC sent a letter to the Indonesian Department of Income Tax (DGT) urging the government to keep the country’s deemed profit rate…

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D&C News

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, November/December

The drill tower for the Noble Bully II drillship left the Huisman quay in Schiedam, The Netherlands, in late September for the Keppel…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter held its 2010 golf event on 24-25 March at the Emirates Golf Course in Dubai…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, November/December

Baker Hughes has installed the world’s first ultra-temperature electrical submersible pumping (ESP) systems in steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD)…

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Beware of false training accreditation claims

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The time-honored phrase “Caveat Emptor” (Buyer Beware) holds as true for the drilling industry as in all other walks of life…

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An introduction to relief well planning, dynamic kill design: recognizing the common limitations

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The recent Macondo well control event in the Gulf of Mexico has created considerable interest in relief wells and dynamic kill designs in terms of contingency planning…

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Safety enhanced in NOV’s ST-120 iron roughneck

Posted on 15 October 2010 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News, Videos

Drilling Contractor attended a demonstration of National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) ST-120 iron roughneck at one of its Houston manufacturing facilities…

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‘Multi machine control’ enhances automation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Drillfloor equipment controls and associated equipment on the latest generation of floating drilling vessels have evolved into a “system” of computer-controlled machines that are currently operated by multiple operators…

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Project-based approach, cooperation push Stena drillship performance to ‘best in class’

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

The challenges of bringing an enhanced deepwater drilling vessel design to market and into operations successfully in a high-activity market are immense…

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