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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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Alarm management: 7 practices to help drillers prioritize warnings, prevent ambiguous displays

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

Many drillers encounter thousands or tens of thousands of alarms per day – far more than recommended. When alarms are displayed at this frequency…

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Modular machine control may be next step to achieving integrated drilling control system

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

I once had a machine manufacturer tell me that his customers purchased his machines when their budget allowed it. This resulted in several standalone…

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Hydraulic vs electrical rig designs: pros and cons on floater heave compensation systems

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

Oil exploration today has moved into more extreme environments, forcing technological advancement in drilling equipment. Increased stringencies regarding environmental…

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Wireless control systems help prevent hardwired service loop failures for moving equipment

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

Wireless control systems offer great potential for modern drilling rigs, but increased reliability and lower costs can only be achieved if changes to industry culture occur…

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Remote operations centers earning keep through drilling optimization, 24/7 support, ‘remanning’

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

As with most implementations of new technology, the technology itself is rarely the biggest hurdle. It’s the people – we humans with our fears, our hard-to-break habits…

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