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Abrasive formations, shale wells drive new bit designs for hard-rock, high-temperature drilling

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

With the growth of the North American shale plays, it’s not surprising that bit companies are aggressively working to meet the challenges of drilling in the these plays, with new designs or…

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Wirelines

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

Speaking at a diplomatic meeting in early March in Lagos, US ambassador to Nigeria Robin Sanders took up an industry cause and cautioned the Nigerian government against an “unrealistic timeline” in its local content bill…

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HPHT completions demand wider operating window for equipment, recognition of reservoir parameters

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, May/June

Despite the myriad challenges that the industry faces when dealing with difficult high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs, a couple of existing factors in HPHT…

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D&C News

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Departments, May/June

The Offshore Energy Center (OEC) is vigorously pursuing an initiative to bring the offshore industry to classrooms through its Mobile Offshore Learning Units (MOLU)…

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Indonesian 2-well UBD campaign cuts reservoir damage and more in marginal heavy-oil field

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

The oil from the Ngimbang Carbonate reservoir in Sepanjang Island, East Java, Indonesia, is composed mostly of heavy black oil with a pour point of…

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CNPC reorganizes into eight integrated service companies, seeking international market

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

Surviving in a fluctuating market remains China National Petroleum Company’s (CNPC) main reason for reorganizing in 2008. Emerging with eight new drilling and service…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

IADC celebrated its 70th anniversary on 18 March in Copenhagen. On behalf of 2010 chairman Louis Raspino, Pride International, and president Dr Lee Hunt, IADC invited representatives of the…

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Drilling Ahead: Balanced energy strategy beats demonizing natural gas

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

In the oil and gas business, most people adopt an evenly balanced approach to energy and the environment. The people I brush shoulders with don’t trumpet oil-and-gas solutions for every niggling energy problem…

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Departments, May/June

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), using Rig KDC-41, has drilled what it believes to be the shallowest horizontal well ever drilled in Kuwait and the Middle East and with the shallowest kick-off point worldwide…

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4 steps to assess, avoid musculoskeletal injury

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Safety is an ongoing concern for our industry. From fire-resistant suits to protective eyewear and headgear, rig crews have access to a plethora of external protective equipment safety…

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