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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

The 8 ¾-in. VM613P six-bladed bit used a more active blade design to set a 24-hr footage record, a 120.02 ft/hr average ROP, in a Barnett Shale well…

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Guest Editorial: MPD benefits are evident, but industry needs tools, learning to use it effectively

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is a topic of much debate across E&P companies, drilling contractors, service companies and even regulatory bodies. The debate has centered on…

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Drilling Ahead: ‘Brick wall’ looms for offshore jobs

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Departments, September/October

As the moratorium on deepwater drilling creeps toward its purported 30 Nov end date, efforts to jump start drilling in shallow water remain…

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Responsive, ‘self-healing’ cement technology promises to improve long-term zonal isolation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, September/October

A high percentage of the total number of wells worldwide leak or show sustained casing pressure (SCP). Loss of zonal isolation, especially when leaks…

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Contractor, vendor team up to improve training, fall protection, strength of derrick-riding basket

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October, Videos

Collaboration is a beautiful thing, especially when it extends beyond the parties involved to create a standard of practice for a safer workplace…

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Triple-deck shale shaker, mobile processing trucks push solids control capacity, efficiency

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Safety. Environmental footprint. Cost efficiency. In the oil and gas industry’s ever-expanding lexicon, no terms have become as top of mind as these critical watchwords that factor into every decision on every well…

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Optimizing drilling parameters and drill bit design boosts ROP by 37% in Algerian field

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Drilling challenges in the Hassi Messaoud (HMD) oilfield of Algeria have proven to be equal to the magnitude of its production. Historically, wells drilled…

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Despite weak spots, contractors see decent prospects in West Africa offshore Angola, Ghana

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Despite a general oversupply of offshore rigs globally that is affecting utilization and dayrates in numerous markets, the West Africa region appears to be holding its own with consistent levels of E&P activity…

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JIP study on BOP reliability 2004-2006: subsea control systems were most prone to failure

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

In 2008, several industry groups created a task force to define the work scope for a joint industry project to study BOP reliability experienced for wells…

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Fuel consumption, overload capacity among critical criteria in selection of generator sets

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Modern horizontal drilling techniques used in oil and gas exploration require rugged, reliable and fuel-efficient on-site generator sets to supply electric power for the drawworks, drilling…

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