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Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Aberdeen on 16 May. Northern Offshore and Noble Drilling…

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Martin Culen: In future, MPD equipment on rigs will be as common as seat belts in cars

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

When Martin Culen joined a Canada-based oilfield services company in 1996, he wasn’t entirely sure that this was the industry for him. He had wanted to put his mechanical…

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People, companies and products

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Alden James “Doc” Laborde, an offshore drilling pioneer who transformed the drilling industry with innovations that made it possible to drill farther and in deeper waters…

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Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

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Tubular integrity begins with assurance of robust connections

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling Rigs & Automation, July/August

The integrity of the tubular string is only as good as the connection between each joint. Connection makeup acceptance and accuracy are critical to casing string integrity, which provides a secure mechanical…

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API publishes standard for community engagement

Posted on 10 July 2014 in News, Onshore Advances

API has published an industry standard for community engagement in areas of the country where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy…

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Claxton completes rigless removal of a stuck BHA during slot recovery

Posted on 09 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Claxton Engineering Services, an Acteon company, has completed the first rigless removal of a stuck bottomhole assembly (BHA). The work was completed during a slot recovery…

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Diamond Offshore appoints Woll as Senior VP, Chief Commercial Officer

Posted on 08 July 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Diamond Offshore has appointed Ronald Woll as Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately. Based in Houston, Mr Woll will have oversight of the company’s…

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Maintaining pressure key to casing integrity

Posted on 08 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, News

For drilling contractors, asset integrity is most strongly linked to the reliability and performance of drilling rigs and the equipment onboard those rigs. However, many…

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Hardbanding alloys, application methods evolve to meet demands of intensive pad drilling campaigns

Posted on 08 July 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News

Back when hydrocarbon recovery meant drilling a vertical, straight, open-hole well, hardbanding was simply a matter of applying tungsten carbides to protect and extend the…

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