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Developing a mature safety culture: Everyone must step up to be a safety leader champion

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

By Ron Clem, Executive Training International Safety leadership has been the “buzz” phrase and a major focus for most companies over the last few years. Organizations strive to improve HSE performance by adopting new strategies, training initiatives and slogans to reach “Goal Zero” where “no one gets hurt.” Historically, the worldwide oil and gas community, […]

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IADC ASP Report: Industry achieved record-low LTI rate in 2007

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

The drilling industry set another record with the lowest ever lost-time incidence (LTI) rate of 0.53 in 2007, a 5% improvement over 0.56 in 2006. The number of fatalities decreased as well, from 29 in 2006 to 23 in 2007. These are worthy achievements in an industry where rig demand continues to increase, as do […]

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What does it take to be environmentally responsible in this industry?

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

By Ian Hudson, Transocean We have come a long way in the drilling industry over the last few years in both technology and HSE performance. As pressure mounts to find more petroleum and to open up new areas for exploration drilling worldwide, our industry is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth, with many newbuild offshore […]

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Service company geomechanics group: Knowledge integration is our objective

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

In today’s high-cost drilling environment, the lack of integration of valuable pore pressure or other reservoir information can cost a company millions of dollars, said Colin Sayers, scientific advisor for Schlumberger’s geomechanics group. He cited an example of one oil company where the geophysics department never told the drilling department about a small fault above […]

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Working the pore pressure puzzle: Different Languages, same goal

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Pore pressure knowledge is critical when designing a well. It’s unlikely that anyone in this industry would argue with that. Pore pressure drives the casing design, which drives the well plan, including hole sizes and mud weight. An inaccurate pore pressure model could even lead to a well control event, causing financial losses or, worse, […]

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Case study: new concentric expandable reamer tool used in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

By Steven Radford, Will Thompson, Hughes Christensen; Mark Jenkins, INTEQ In the deepwater Green Canyon section of the Gulf of Mexico, an operator lost 10,000 bbl of synthetic oil-base drilling mud in one well before finally abandoning the project. In cooperation with two Baker Hughes companies – Hughes Christensen and INTEQ – the operator began […]

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TOTAL aims for ‘routine’ deepwater drilling in West Africa

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor The name TOTAL is synonymous with West Africa, and for sure the region ranks as the French group’s number one theater of activity. Moreover, the company has an excellent exploration track record and reputation as a technology frontier buster when it comes to developing discoveries. While many of the headlines […]

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Africa’s Atlantic Frontier: an E&P review

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor Africa is always in the headlines. The stories are rarely positive, and that’s a terrible shame given the extraordinary richness and diversity of this vast continent. But this review is a positive story, and our first stopping point is Mauritania. From Mauritania in the north through “Golden Crescent” states like […]

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Life extension for mobile offshore unites: How old is too old?

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

By Gerhard Ersdal, Arne Kvitrud, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway; Wayne Jones, Malcolm Birkinshaw, UK Health and Safety Executive Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series of articles that will focus on the critical issue of asset integrity. The International Regulators Forum kicked off the series in the May/June 2008 issue, presenting findings […]

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Modular MDDM top drive designed to cut time for change outs, slash failures

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, September/October, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

In 2005, Transocean went in search of a “next-generation top drive” that could significantly improve operational performance to meet customer demands. Specifications required for this new-generation design were tough, including a 99.9% uptime on an annual basis. Out of several ideas proposed by different equipment manufacturers, Aker Solutions’ MDDM (modular direct drilling machine) was selected. […]

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