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Drilling Ahead: Once again, downturn has proven to be a good thing for technology

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Ever since the industry got rolled over by the monster how-low-will-it-go recession approximately 18 months ago, industry technology leaders have made various comments about how downturns can actually be a good thing for technological innovations. …

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D&C News

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, January/February

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Top drives key to better jackup performance

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Matt Ralls is president and CEO of Rowan Companies. He is also the 2010 IADC vice chairman. What do you see as some of the most critical technology challenges facing the drilling and completion industry today? Rowan is a jackup and…

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Industry should embark on new safety evolution to encourage common values in the workplace

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Before we can begin to discuss value-driven safety, we need to understand the history of the safety function as a discipline in the oil and gas industry and how it has…

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HSE Corner: 6 steps to a comprehensive fall protection program

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Falls while working at height are all too common; the greater tragedy is that each fall is preventable. Approximately 2.3 million work-related deaths worldwide occur annually, with the construction industry accounting for about 60,000 of them. Around the world, fall protection is moving up companies’’ safety agenda. …

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ExxonMobil/XTO deal augurs strong promise for natural gas

Posted on 14 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

ExxonMobil Corp and XTO Energy Inc announced on 14 December, 2009, an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The acquisition agreement, which…

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Reliable expandable connections: Exclusive video

Posted on 08 December 2009 in Completing the Well, Innovating While Drilling, News

Expandables represent one of the most talked-about and hailed technologies in the drilling and completion arsenal, ever since their introduction by Shell…

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Chukchi Sea drilling plan gets conditional OK

Posted on 08 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

The US Minerals Management Service (MMS) has conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico’s plan to drill three exploratory, information-gathering wells…

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IADC names new Europe VP

Posted on 08 December 2009 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Jens Hoffmark will join IADC effective 1 January as its new regional vice president – Europe. He will be responsible for overseeing IADC operations and activities across Europe, including…

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ENSCO 8502 on target for on-time, on-budget delivery

Posted on 08 December 2009 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Keppel FELS Ltd is on track to deliver ENSCO 8502, the third of seven ENSCO 8500 Series semisubmersible drilling rigs it will build for Ensco…

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