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Next-generation workers: hungry for experience, eager to learn and ready to prove themselves

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December, Videos

Contrary to what some industry veterans are worried about, young professionals today are not afraid of hard work…

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Where simple is never simple, operators aim for simplicity in deepwater, deep-well completions

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

Applying completion technology to a well for optimal production is never simple, even if the plan calls for only “basic” temperature…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, November/December

Baker Hughes has been awarded an eight-year contract extension from Repsol for the supply and maintenance of electrical submersible pumping…

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Shell drives down high-potential incidents with global dropped objects prevention campaign

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Safety is always our top priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and no incidents that harm people or put our neighbours or facilities at risk. When we analyzed the biggest risk areas in our wells operations…

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Digital training evolving into valuable asset for meeting challenges of skills, generation gap

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

The drilling industry faces the “Big Crew Change” as a generation of experienced workers retires while improved extraction techniques demand…

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Bahrain, Abu Dhabi gear up for planned expansions; Maersk looks to smart completions for Al Shaheen

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Higher oil prices are contributing to an environment of stability in the Middle East and, in some areas, operators are seeing an increase…

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Automation & dual gradient: The ‘cuttingest’ of cutting-edge tech

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

When it comes to cutting-edge technology, dual-gradient drilling (DGD) and well-construction automation are the sharpest knives in the drawer…

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James Day: Industry has globalized, consolidated, but cyclical ups, downs will always remain

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December, Videos

“Interest is to receive and not to pay” is an important piece of cautionary advice that James C Day, retired chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation…

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Perspectives: Brett Borland, ConocoPhillips Building a career on technology innovations

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

Being in the right place at the right time can make or break a career, depending on whether you can rise up to the challenge. For Brett Borland, who in 1980 was just…

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ICD completions, optimized cleanup practices maximize productivity for horizontal wells

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Completing the Well, November/December

When Saudi Aramco switched to oil-based mud (OBM) to drill new horizontal wells with inflow control device (ICD) completions, the operator encountered…

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