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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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NOV expands Technical College with Houston facility

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, September/October

As of Q2 2008, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was reporting a $10.8 billion backlog in capital equipment orders for its rig technology segment. Considering that more than 170 offshore drilling rigs are under construction worldwide, that backlog may not seem like such a surprising number. Still, it undoubtedly demonstrates the level of demand manufacturers and […]

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, September/October

First injection of water achieved in Shell’s Ursa/Princess Waterflood project in GOM Shell announced it has achieved another milestone in the Ursa/Princess Waterflood project. First injection of water occurred on 3 July 2008 and is planned to continue for the next 30 years. With a listed volume enhancement capacity of 30,000 bbl/day of oil equivalent, […]

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D&C News

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

Angola Block 31 developments get green light Sonangol E.P. has authorized BP and its co-venturers to develop a series of deepwater oil discoveries in offshore Angola’s Block 31. The program is based on a standardized development concept intended to reduce cycle time, optimize capital and maximize operating efficiency through standardized design, fabrication and commissioning. The […]

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Money no object’ if faster, better wells the result

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

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher “Money is no object” – for technology to deliver wells efficiently, say operators hungry for practical, groundbreaking tools for well construction. “If it’s something that will deliver wells and deliver them fast, (funding and development) will happen,” declared an operator to whom, clearly, new and effective technology is near […]

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News Cuttings

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

North Sea Chapter donates to UK charities The Oil Chaplaincy Trust and the Anthony Nolan Trust have been selected as charities that will receive funds collected at the North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards. A total of £4,660 was raised through personal and company donations and with the chapter’s pledge to match all funds […]

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Wirelines

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

EPA may draft national cbm regulations The US Environmental Protection Agency indicated it’s on the path to formulating national regulations for coalbed methane (CBM) operations under the Clean Water Act. IPAA and five other major national trade associations, including IADC, joined by 38 state producer trade groups, have vigorously protested this initiative as unwarranted, and […]

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