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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, March/April

Apache chairman and CEO G Steven Farris has formed an office of the chief executive with three executives reporting to him: Roger B Plank, CFO since 1997…

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Perspectives: David Reid, National Oilwell Varco

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

In what David Reid calls the “inventing/creating world” in his head, there are definitive ideas about how things should be and strong opinions about right and wrong…

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Oman training center supports safety, operational goals

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

The Nabors International Oman Training Center (OTC) in Muscat, which began operating 12 years ago, originally trained rig mechanics and electricians…

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Innovations in MWD/LWD and drill pipe technologies address key operator concerns and needs, put previously impossible wells into reach

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Operators ask for a lot in their logging-while-drilling (LWD) and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools. And why shouldn’t they, considering the sizable chunks these services can chew off of a budget?

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Case study: Hostile-environment LWD allows efficient oil recovery in HPHT field

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In the deep, high-pressure, high-temperature wells in the Villafortuna/Trecate field in northern Italy, LWD was planned to enable continuous correlation for casing and coring points…

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New litho neutron density tool features shorter length, wireless capability

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Aside from the GeoTap IDS, two new tools have been added to the InSite suite of technologies from Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling Services…

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Acoustic telemetry, with multiple nodes in drillstring, used to achieve distributed MWD

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Unattended acoustic telemetry in real-time drilling environments can now include multiple nodes in the drillstring. We utilize a primary tool near the drill bit that transmits telemetry and sensor/directional information with one or more acoustic transponding devices at other sites along the drillstring, these incorporating both the primary signal and additional information from their own local sensors…

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Along-string pressure, temperature measurements hold revolutionary promise for downhole management

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

It’s widely known that the majority of stuck pipe incidents occur while pulling out of hole. If we can detect where an incident might occur – for example, in a 20,000-ft well – that could mean a radical reduction in nonproductive time (NPT) related to wellbore stability or drillstring integrity…

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High-strength, thin-wall, all-steel drill pipe may provide solution for ultra-extended-reach wells

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

In planning for ultra-extended-reach (uER) wells, projected torque & drag (T&D) loads exceed the capabilities of existing high-strength drill pipe. As operators continue to evaluate uER well options, they have been forced to consider using non-steel drill pipe materials (such as aluminum, titanium, composite or other) for reduced surface loads…

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Lightweight, ultra-high-strength drill pipe may meet demands of ERD, critical deep drilling

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Current and future extended-reach drilling (ERD) and other critical projects exceed the capabilities of conventional steel S-135 drillstring assemblies…

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