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Simulators create immersive role-playing environments for team-based lifting training

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Drilling It Safely, July/August

Over the past 10 years, most fatal work accidents on offshore oil and gas structures have involved the use of lifting equipment. The central causal factors are human error. In particular…

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Lift plans must tackle key questions of risk, responsibility, crew understanding, equipment

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Drilling It Safely, July/August

A lifting operation should be a well thought-out process – careful planning and assessment are required to ensure it is conducted safely and effectively. Several key…

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Environmental benefits may outweigh higher initial costs for readily biodegradable lubricants

Posted on 14 July 2010 in Drilling It Safely, July/August

Diamond Offshore Drilling has worked with Ohio-based Terresolve Technologies to replace the petroleum lubricants used on Diamond’s rigs with readily biodegradable fluids where…

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Advances in high-performance drilling fluids enhance wellbore strength, help curb loss

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Operators and service companies are developing new advances in high-performance drilling fluids and techniques in order to enhance wellbore strength and mitigate…

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Open-hole applications testing multi-zone completions, expandable tools to new limits

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Completing the Well, July/August, Videos

Completions have never been simple. But for today’s wells, the industry has had to push the envelope to develop game-changing technologies to operate in increasingly complex…

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Ultra-large diameter bit designed for GOM salt sections through cutting-structure solutions

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Salt formations present unique drilling challenges relative to other formation types of comparable compressive strength and abrasivity. Due to its properties, many…

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Using right selection criteria key to successful slim-well designs with solid expandables

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Economic factors drive every aspect of the oil and gas industry. Operators are emphatic about maximizing the production potential of past, present and future wells. The adage of…

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Directional casing while drilling applied to improve high-angle top-hole drilling from producing platform

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Directional casing while Drilling (DCWD) using a rotary steerable system (RSS) or a steerable positive displacement motor (PDM) is a recent enabling technological application…

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S-well profile, batch drilling, LWD systems push performance on Tullow’s fast-tracked Jubilee

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Tullow oil has interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana where two successful exploration wells, Mahogany-1 and Hyedua-1, discovered the…

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Successful monobore expandable liner extension deployment saves difficult well onshore Egypt

Posted on 13 July 2010 in Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In May 2010, Baker Hughes and Cepsa achieved an expandable liner extension run for a difficult well onshore Egypt, marking the first successful run of the Baker…

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