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Drilling Ahead: Shell/CNPC JV shows that change isn’t coming; it’s here

Posted on 07 September 2011 in 2011, Departments, September/October

Shell and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) signed a joint venture (JV) agreement to develop a highly automated well manufacturing system …

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NOV to deliver $1.5 billion in drillship equipment packages to Brazil

Posted on 16 August 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Brazil’s Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) recently signed seven contracts worth…

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Pacific Scirocco undergoes modifications for engine reliability

Posted on 16 August 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Scirocco has mobilized to a quayside in South Africa to undergo upgrades and modifications to ensure reliability prior to…

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Shell, CNPC look to automated well manufacturing for step-change

Posted on 02 August 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

The time is ripe for a step-change in the high-density segment of the drilling business, and two giants in the energy industry – Shell and China National…

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Noble gives go-ahead to build two more high-spec jackups

Posted on 02 August 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Noble Corp has exercised options with Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard for the construction of two additional high-specification…

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Xtreme Coil to build 4 new rigs for drilling in Niobrara

Posted on 19 July 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Xtreme Coil Drilling Corp recently won long-term contracts to build and operate four new XDR 500 drilling rigs, with commencement of operations…

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Zagreb 1 semi to undergo complete overhaul

Posted on 19 July 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Crosco Integrated Drilling & Well Services’ semisubmersible Zagreb 1 recently entered the shipyard to undergo maintenance and service that includes…

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Expandable liner hanger goes big in deep Gulf

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

When drilling offshore wells, wellbore casing strings larger than 13 5/8-in. typically are required to be “hung off” in the casing hanger at the wellhead…

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Optimization: Taking a holistic approach

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Like motherhood and apple pie, drilling optimization is one of those things that everybody loves and no one can get enough of. Across the board, operators, drilling…

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RCD for DP drillship takes MPD deeper

Posted on 14 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) recently took a big step into deepwater environments with the installation and utilization of the industry’s first rotating control device (RCD) made up…

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