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IADC Incident Statistics Program shows industry set record-low LTI rate in ’08, but fatalities go up

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Good news: The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 in 2008. Not-so-good news: The number of fatalities…

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IADC enhances accreditation, operations initiatives to support Middle East HSE, training, drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

For more than a decade, IADC has maintained a strong presence in the Middle East. Not satisfied with past successes, however, the association and its members…

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Hybrid heave drilling technology reduces emissions, operating costs for offshore drilling

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Many electro-mechanical cyclical processes could potentially benefit from the use of an energy storage system able to absorb, store and relinquish large amounts of energy…

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Direct-drive top drive designed to eliminate failures, downtime related to gearbox, motor

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

The top drive has become one of the biggest breakthroughs in drilling technology since it was first commercialised in the 1970s. Its advent brought vast time…

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Two-in-one rotary drilling/coiled-tubing rig enhances performance for Permian Basin wells

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

Wells have been drilled in the Permian Basin since 1920 and continues today. For a drilling campaign in 2008, one producer sought to improve drilling rates…

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Suzanne Browne, ENSCO: There’s no substitute for the drilling contracting business

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, September/October

In a way, Suzanne Browne, a senior account manager with ENSCO Offshore, grew up around the oil industry. She was raised in Tulsa, Okla., when it was still a big oilfield town. And her mother worked for Gulf Oil (now Chevron) for more than 30 years in the downstream segment. Her mother’s successful career left […]

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Microsites, September/October

John Rynd appointed CEO, president of Hercules Offshore Hercules Offshore has appointed John T Rynd as the company’s chief executive officer and president, succeeding Randall D Stilley, who has resigned as CEO, president and a director. Mr Rynd also has been appointed as a director. He has served as executive vice president and chief operating […]

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NOV expands Technical College with Houston facility

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, September/October

As of Q2 2008, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) was reporting a $10.8 billion backlog in capital equipment orders for its rig technology segment. Considering that more than 170 offshore drilling rigs are under construction worldwide, that backlog may not seem like such a surprising number. Still, it undoubtedly demonstrates the level of demand manufacturers and […]

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, September/October

First injection of water achieved in Shell’s Ursa/Princess Waterflood project in GOM Shell announced it has achieved another milestone in the Ursa/Princess Waterflood project. First injection of water occurred on 3 July 2008 and is planned to continue for the next 30 years. With a listed volume enhancement capacity of 30,000 bbl/day of oil equivalent, […]

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D&C News

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Microsites, September/October

Angola Block 31 developments get green light Sonangol E.P. has authorized BP and its co-venturers to develop a series of deepwater oil discoveries in offshore Angola’s Block 31. The program is based on a standardized development concept intended to reduce cycle time, optimize capital and maximize operating efficiency through standardized design, fabrication and commissioning. The […]

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