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UBD unlocks pay in North Sea wells

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article reviews an offshore underbalanced drilling project in the Danish sector of the North Sea undertaken during summer 2010. Two oil wells were drilled from a jackup, with produced oil and gas transferred to the accompanying…

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Brazil: On the straightaway in an energy marathon

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Any casual observer in Brazil could say that, with helicopters transporting modular rigs on land in the Amazon and the huge ultra-deepwater rigs dotting the seascape, it looks as though the country has met with an…

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Low-force shear adds value to today’s BOPs

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, March/April

With the increased use of stronger and tougher tubulars in today’s well construction, the ability to shear in the blowout preventer (BOP) without turning to larger operators is an…

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Shell pushes for more testing of rotating control devices

Posted on 04 March 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

“I think there’s going to be a lot of testing and a new wave of development of rotating control heads,” David Elliott of Shell said during a presentation at the…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 31 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

GE is investing US$500 million to expand its operations in Brazil and to accelerate technology partnerships with Brazilian companies…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 31 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

KCA DEUTAG has signed several rig contracts in recent months, including six rigs for BP on the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

KCA DEUTAG has established a strategic alliance with Robert Gordon University to provide drilling and rig training from the university’s…

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Perspectives: Cary Moomjian, Ensco: Industry needs new generation of leaders, association ‘stalwarts’

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

For Cary Moomjian, this industry is all about the people. Early in his career, he left private law practice in southern California to join Santa Fe Drilling Company because…

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HSE Corner: How to gain the upper hand in finger, hand safety: 10 tips from the industry

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Hand and finger injuries lead the industry’s recordable incidence rates every year. Data from IADC’s 2009 Incident Statistics Program (ISP) indicate that 34% of recordable incidents…

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Drilling Ahead: Strong oil prices, enabling technology drive expansion

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Departments, January/February

Despite continuing uncertainty in the US Gulf of Mexico, the industry is smiling. Oil prices are rising, a driller’s delight…

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