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Relief well case study: Modified drillers method used as intervention alternative to bullheading

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

This article summarizes the innovative use of a relief well as a cost-effective and safe alternative for a non-blowout well control intervention.

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Well control faces new complexities with deep, HPHT, horizontal, deepwater, multiwell drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

There have been many advances in the drilling industry in the last 20 years. What was once the exotic has now become routine. Some examples are:

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Snubbing power tong could be cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

In oil and gas recovery operations, tubular members are usually run or pulled using a workover rig or a snubbing unit. Workover rigs are basically small…

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Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

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New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

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Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is often used to drill formations that have a narrow window between formation pore pressure and fracture pressure.

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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

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Monobore wellbore design: Bangladesh exploration program highlights pros, cons

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

“Monobore” describes A well where the diameter of the production conduit is uniform from the reservoir to surface. The simplest form of monobore is a string…

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Pushing for innovations in a risk-averse industry

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, September/October

For many petroleum engineers who end up building their careers on the drilling side of the business, one common theme often appears: Production is boring.

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