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Multilateral completions on rise but still a niche

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, July/August

Have multilateral completions finally come of age? Proven to maximize reservoir production, horizontal multilateral completions have witnessed growth in numbers and in complexity. However, while these completions have become more prevalent over the past decade, hurdles remain to widespread…

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No longer niche: Expandables finally going mainstream

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since they came onto the scene nearly 15 years ago as the game changers that were going to revolutionize drilling and completions, expandables are finally coming of age…

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Drilling automation: Is resistance futile?

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Videos

“Automation”: Say the word the right way with the right group of people in drilling circles, and it can almost come off as an obscenity. Drilling is an art, they say, with too many unpredictabilities. How can it be entrusted in the hands of a bunch of machines, computers and algorithms?

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Nabors’ modular Rig 702 is Papua New Guinea-bound for ExxonMobil

Posted on 06 July 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Nabors International unveiled its new modular Rig 702, the first of two headed for Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a 900-day contract with options for…

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Maersk Drilling orders two ultra-deepwater drillships

Posted on 06 July 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Maersk Drilling has ordered the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for delivery in…

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Asia Offshore Drilling orders new KFELS B Class jackup

Posted on 06 July 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Asia Offshore Drilling (AOD) has exercised the first of two options to build a KFELS B Class jackup rig worth US$184 million with Keppel FELS…

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Contractors awarded jackup work, FEED project for modular rig

Posted on 07 June 2011 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

KCA DEUTAG has been selected by Woodside Energy to carry out a major front end engineering design (FEED) contract relating to a 3,000-hp modular…

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Wild Well Control to offer subsea capping system for up to 15,000-ft water depths

Posted on 10 May 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

Wild Well Control will introduce a global subsea well containment system this fall, according to an…

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Shear All Ram features curved asymmetrical blades

Posted on 10 May 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

The Shear All Ram (SAR) was introduced last week at OTC, a BOP ram design whose field tests show it has the ability to shear “any size pipe and casing with…

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Offshore, optimism for an uncertain future

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The last time I had the privilege of writing an article for Drilling Contractor was in March 2009, when the offshore drilling industry was reeling from the effects of the more than 70% drop…

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