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Transocean’s Discoverer Americas commences GOM operations

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Transocean announced this week that its newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Americas has commenced operations in the US Gulf of Mexico…

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Tupi area well tests show record productivity

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras and its partners have completed two drill stem tests (DSTs) on the Iracema well (4-RJS-647 or 4-BRSA-711-RJS) in the BM-S-11 appraisal area in the…

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BP confirms western extension of Kaskida field

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

BP announced that an appraisal well to test a western extension of the Kaskida field has confirmed oil in Lower Tertiary reservoirs five miles west of the Kaskida…

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Devon to divest all GOM, international assets, focus on onshore North America

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Devon Energy Corp recently unveiled its plan to strategically reposition itself as a high-growth North American…

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Atwood’s VICKSBURG contract extended

Posted on 24 November 2009 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Atwood Oceanics announced that the VICKSBURG has been awarded a three-month contract extension by NuCoastal (Thailand) to continue…

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Prevention technology can help drilling, service rigs to minimize environmental footprint at the source

Posted on 15 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The oil and gas industry of today requires a social license to operate. As positive public perception diminishes, the industry must adapt to a higher…

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Case studies: High-density elastic cements applied to solve HPHT challenges in South Texas

Posted on 15 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

Well cementing operations in South Texas tend to present a number of challenges to those responsible for constructing oil and gas wells. For instance, the temperatures…

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Wellbore re-entries and repairs: practical guidelines for cementing new casing inside existing casing

Posted on 13 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, November/December

Whether a well is being re-entered after having been abandoned for some time or it simply needs to be repaired to be functional, many operators choose to cement…

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Drilling Ahead: Cashing in on the enviro agenda, Greenbacks for green drilling?

Posted on 12 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

Even as environmental agendas delay well permitting and cause other headaches, new opportunities may loom for “green” drilling. Two areas in particular present…

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Perspectives: Not doing what’s always been done, but what’s better

Posted on 12 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

As a young man growing up in Ghana in the ’70s, Chevron’s Graham Mensa-Wilmot remembers PetroCanada putting up an offshore drilling rig near the coast where…

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