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New lifeboat design replaces hook system with drop-in-ball technology to improve safety

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It’s logical – a lifeboat is supposed to save lives, not cause deaths or injuries. Then why were people in the maritime and offshore industry continually getting…

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A proven HSE management icon, JSAs take simple approach to keep tasks from becoming routine

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Regardless of how many times a job is performed, it should never be considered “routine.” When a job becomes “routine,” the potential for negative consequences…

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ADCO develops high-profile HSE visits as efficient tool to demonstrate management commitment

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

As a result of the significant efforts being undertaken by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) drilling division and its contractors to…

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IADC Incident Statistics Program shows industry set record-low LTI rate in ’08, but fatalities go up

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Good news: The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 in 2008. Not-so-good news: The number of fatalities…

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IADC enhances accreditation, operations initiatives to support Middle East HSE, training, drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

For more than a decade, IADC has maintained a strong presence in the Middle East. Not satisfied with past successes, however, the association and its members…

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Hybrid heave drilling technology reduces emissions, operating costs for offshore drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Many electro-mechanical cyclical processes could potentially benefit from the use of an energy storage system able to absorb, store and relinquish large amounts of energy…

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Direct-drive top drive designed to eliminate failures, downtime related to gearbox, motor

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The top drive has become one of the biggest breakthroughs in drilling technology since it was first commercialised in the 1970s. Its advent brought vast time…

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Two-in-one rotary drilling/coiled-tubing rig enhances performance for Permian Basin wells

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Wells have been drilled in the Permian Basin since 1920 and continues today. For a drilling campaign in 2008, one producer sought to improve drilling rates…

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Suzanne Browne, ENSCO: There’s no substitute for the drilling contracting business

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

In a way, Suzanne Browne, a senior account manager with ENSCO Offshore, grew up around the oil industry. She was raised in Tulsa, Okla., when it was still a big oilfield town. And her mother worked for Gulf Oil (now Chevron) for more than 30 years in the downstream segment. Her mother’s successful career left […]

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Focused Microsites, September/October

John Rynd appointed CEO, president of Hercules Offshore Hercules Offshore has appointed John T Rynd as the company’s chief executive officer and president, succeeding Randall D Stilley, who has resigned as CEO, president and a director. Mr Rynd also has been appointed as a director. He has served as executive vice president and chief operating […]

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