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Hess, Chevron commence production from Tubular Bells Field in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 17 November 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Hess Corp announced that production has commenced from the Tubular Bells Field, located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico…

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IADC Board elects Ed Jacob as 2015 Chairman

Posted on 14 November 2014 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Ed Jacob, Director, President and COO of Independence Contract Drilling, has been elected to serve as 2015 IADC Chairman. Additionally, Thomas Burke, President of Rowan Companies, was elected as…

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BP launches robotic core-flooding system

Posted on 10 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The complete automation and workflow optimization in BP’s new Core Flood Robot enables hundreds of core flood tests to be performed each year, rather than dozens…

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Statoil suspends 2 rigs due to overcapacity

Posted on 06 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has decided to suspend two new rigs due to overcapacity in the rig portfolio. Transocean Spitsbergen and Songa Trym will be suspended through 2014, a period which might be extended…

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Troubled waters

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

The ingredients for a troubled deepwater market – flattening rig demand, increasing costs and falling oil prices – have been brewing in the past year. A number of deepwater projects have been postponed, and the industry…

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The other precious resource

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

What happens when a world thirsty for hydrocarbons meets a world competing for water? In the unconventionals sector, that collision of commodities is playing out across a variety of environmental and usage issues…

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Fertile grounds

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

The onshore market has been a beacon for the global drilling industry, reflecting growth and improved efficiencies in the past year. This momentum is expected to guide the industry in the coming year…

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Mexico sets sights on foreign investment through energy reform

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Mexico has vast oil and gas reserves but not enough capital resources to drill for it. Consider this: In the US-controlled part of the Gulf of Mexico, more than 300,000 bbl…

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Editorial: It’s been an honor to lead IADC through a year of powerful accomplishments

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I wrap up my year as Chairman of IADC. As a member of the association for more than 23 years, and with previous experience on the Executive Committee…

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Business as usual, but with caution

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Geopolitical concerns, notably worrisome aggression from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across northern Iraq, is signaling a cautionary mood in the Middle East. However, it is business as usual for the oil…

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