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From the 2009 chairman IADC taking the lead towards ambitious environmental performance, awareness

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

We are now well into 2009. So far, this year has been a bumpy ride. Slump in demand due to decreasing prices and anxiety for the future characterise the current market situation…

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Industry’s global nature means culture, language, regional laws are relevant in QHSE reporting

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Have you reviewed your accident investigation policy recently? Probably not. Or maybe you know it by heart. Perhaps you wrote it or contributed amendments to it…

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Low-emissions generator uses catalyst system to reduce NOx, meet regulatory standards

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Standards are a part of our complicated world – ASTM, ANSI, ISO, BS, DIN, SAE, SPE, API, EPA, CARB are just a few acronyms in the alphabet soup of standards…

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Can UBD flaring reduce global CO2 emissions?

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

One of the perceived blockers for underbalanced drilling (UBD) operations is the necessity for flaring gas in most operations. As the world becomes more aware of the impact…

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People and the environment: Operator implements system to manage fluids selection

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Products and substances providing a common health, environmental and technical functional excellence are only achieved today after challenge. The challenge includes…

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Drilling industry must amp up environmental culture to match exceptional safety culture

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

When I look at where our industry is today, I take great pride in acknowledging the many challenges we have overcome and the milestones we have achieved. Working together…

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Innovations filling in technology gaps in deepwater Gulf of Mexico completions

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Features, May/June

With its wealth of resources, the Gulf of Mexico holds great promise for oil and gas operators as they push the envelope to tap deeply buried hydrocarbons. But those deep…

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Training program empowers employees to be safety heroes

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, March/April

In a little over four years, Hercules Offshore has grown from a privately held company with five jackup drilling rigs and 22 liftboats to a publicly held international corporation with a fleet of 73 drilling rigs and 64 liftboats, plus a workboat fleet…

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Environmentally Friendly Drilling program targets low-impact drilling technologies

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Industry has made great strides in protecting the environment while increasing oil and natural gas production in the US. Producers, however, still face daunting challenges to effectively produce more natural gas in environmentally sensitive areas…

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As major offshore player, drilling industry must show leadership in corporate ocean responsibility

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Ocean sustainability issues are increasingly affecting the future of the offshore oil and gas industry and overall ocean health. Leadership from the offshore drilling industry in “corporate ocean responsibility” is essential to navigating this critical juncture and ensuring the long-term health of the industry…

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