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Ecuador completions use ICDs to control early water breakthrough, allow uniform drainage

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, January/February

Petroamazonas is making the most of its horizontal wells in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by completing these wells using inflow control devices (ICDs). Awareness of the…

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IADC Connection: Wirelines

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

IADC and five other oilfield trade groups have written to the Obama Administration’s Ocean Policy Task Force urging extreme caution in pursuing marine spatial planning (MSP) insofar as it may impact OCS oil and natural gas E&P. …

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Control systems integration an ongoing challenge

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Tim Juran, Seadrill Americas. Seadrill has delivered eight modern, highly sophisticated deepwater newbuilds in the last 15-18 months. What are the key challenges you’ve faced in doing that? …

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Smart drilling a must as wells push technical limit

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Ron Toufeeq, Pride International. Ron Toufeeq is senior vice president of operations, asset management and engineering for Pride International. What are some of the most critical issues facing the drilling and completion industry in…

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From the 2009 chairman: Industry must walk the talk on environment

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

2009 is behind us, and it is time to take stock of the past year and relay the baton of the IADC chairmanship to Louis Raspino, president and CEO of Pride International. Chairing IADC in 2009 has been a great privilege, and I pass on the assignment with mixed feelings. …

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Tax systems can tip the scales on brownfields

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Nick Walker, Talisman Energy. There are a number of issues. We are, I hope, progressing out of recession. Oil prices have recovered somewhat, but gas prices still haven’t, and I think the latter will stay low in Europe…

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HSE system uses visual icons to help employees identify potential hazards, correct behaviors

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Many companies use one system for hazard identification, one system for a job safety analysis/job hazard analysis (JSA/JHA) and still another system for behavioral…

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Automation’s learning curve must be overcome

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig

Critical D&C issues with Ed Kautz, Ensign Energy Services. Implementing automation technologies and equipment on land drilling rigs is still not universally accepted. Are you a believer in technology and automation? …

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‘It’s all about working together and communicating’

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, January/February

It should come as no surprise that Baker Hughes’ Rustom Mody is passionate about researching and developing high-tech solutions to the industry’s myriad completion and production problems. After all, he is the company’s vice president of technology for completions and production. …

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Drilling Ahead: Once again, downturn has proven to be a good thing for technology

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Ever since the industry got rolled over by the monster how-low-will-it-go recession approximately 18 months ago, industry technology leaders have made various comments about how downturns can actually be a good thing for technological innovations. …

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