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Drilling Ahead: IADC Bookstore – new name, new vision

Posted on 17 April 2014 in 2014, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

The times they are a’changin’ at IADC, as regular readers of DC will have observed. The emerging Well Control Institute, reinvented competency benchmarks known as IADC KSAs…

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Shell makes deepwater gas discovery offshore Malaysia

Posted on 17 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Shell has made an exploration discovery offshore Malaysia in the Rosmari-1 well located 135 km offshore Malaysia in Block SK318. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,123…

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Maersk Drilling takes delivery of ultra-deepwater drillship

Posted on 16 April 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Drilling has taken the delivery of its second drillship, Maersk Valiant from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage toward the…

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Ensco orders new jackups from Lamprell

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Ensco has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141, for delivery in mid-2016 from Lamprell’s shipyard in the United Arab Emirates. The rigs will also…

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MPD/UBD successfully drills sidetrack after 6 failed conventional drilling attempts

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

In the Brookeland Field in East Texas, conventional drilling methods failed in six attempts to drill a “straightforward” horizontal wellbore. The original well had surface casing installed…

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Chevron’s DGD training program serves array of learners across generations

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Since 2008, more than 400 people – from operators, drilling contractors, service companies and regulators – have completed Chevron’s dual-gradient drilling (DGD) training…

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Pacific Drilling integrates ‘disruptive’ DGD technology into 7th-generation drillship

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

A disruptive technology is one that “gets its start away from the mainstream of a market and, then, as its functionality improves over time, invades the main market,” as defined by Harvard…

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Drydocks World to build 450-ft rated CJ 54 jackups

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Drydocks World has signed an agreement with Malta Oil & Gas for the construction of two jackups based on the Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design. The agreement was signed by His…

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IADC UBO/MPD Committee developing operating guidelines for different types of MPD

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

One of the most significant initiatives being undertaken by the IADC Underbalanced Operations and Managed Pressure Drilling (UBO/MPD) Committee is to develop operating…

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KCA Deutag awarded its first Canadian contract for Hebron Project

Posted on 14 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

KCA Deutag has entered into the offshore Canadian drilling sector following the award of its first contract in Canada with ExxonMobil Canada Properties. KCA Deutag was awarded…

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