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From the chairman: It’s time to push forward on environmental performance; benchmarking will be 1st step

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

As 2009 chairman of IADC, the time is approaching when I begin to take stock of the year that has almost passed. While it is premature to write a close-out report…

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Web-, computer-based well control program provides cost-driven, self-paced training

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, November/December

As we address the uncertainties of future activities in the oil and gas industry, the constant remains with the need to drive down lifting costs for operators…

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Modified BIBO, LOT applied to trip out from deep HPHT well with simultaneous loss, ballooning

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

The leak off test (LOT) and barrel in – barrel out (BIBO) procedures were modified and applied successfully to trip a very deep high-pressure, high-temperature…

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Automated system provides well control for extreme drilling environments, enhances MPD

Posted on 10 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

The essence of well control is information. Ideally, downhole information facilitates a knowledgeable, expert response to prevent a costly or even…

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Shoulder/thread verifier system uses thermal imaging to detect potential connection problems

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, November/December

A new shoulder/thread verifier system (STVS) uses thermal imaging technology to enable verification of the shoulder, thread and seal engagement…

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Monobore completion system provides simple, low-cost option for short-life expectancy wells

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, November/December

Many wells completed today can be classified as short-life or harvest wells. Some of these would not be economically feasible using high-end completion…

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All shales are not equal: Emerging resource prompting customized completion solutions

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, November/December, Onshore Advances

There is new abundance in the land of plenty. This time the bounty is not in amber waves of grain, but in the vast and resource-rich plays of US land shales…

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With still no declines in production, 2010 natural gas outlook remains in limbo

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

While the drilling industry was plowing ahead at full steam in 2008, everybody was frantic for growth. More people had to be hired and trained. More manufacturing facilities had to be…

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Northwest Europe: Chance of recovery may depend on small operators’ access to funding

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

It’s money that makes the bit go around. When I was asked to prepare this outlook piece covering Northwest Europe a few weeks ago, the picture at first sight…

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Apache: Lower prices make gas projects hard to justify, technology is opportunity to ‘think positively’

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

As a company that prides itself on being “lean and mean” and being able to move fast when the economics of a project line up right, Apache Corp…

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