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Modular MDDM top drive designed to cut time for change outs, slash failures

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

In 2005, Transocean went in search of a “next-generation top drive” that could significantly improve operational performance to meet customer demands. Specifications required for this new-generation design were tough, including a 99.9% uptime on an annual basis. Out of several ideas proposed by different equipment manufacturers, Aker Solutions’ MDDM (modular direct drilling machine) was selected. […]

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Some manufacturers going forward with PM motors for drilling industry; others hesistant

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling Rigs & Automation, September/October

By Jerry Greenberg, contributing editor Electric motors have been an integral part of the drilling industry for decades. They provide the means to drill a well – powering the drawworks, pumping fluids down the wellbore and separating cuttings upon their return. When the industry began building jackups, electric motors enabled the lowering of legs to […]

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Rack & pinion technology takes shape in oilfield as multifunctional rigs

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Onshore Advances, September/October

By Katie Mazerov, contributing editor Germany-based Max Streicher completed its first-generation vertical directional drilling rig through subsidiary Drill Tec in early 2005. This video shows the rig’s pipe handling system. Horizontal Well Drillers’s rack and pinion design was initially developed for the horizontal river crossing business and was modified for the oilfield two years ago. […]

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Top drives have transformed drilling: Now, new design targets ultra-deep, ERD

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

By David Reid, Larry Wells and Jeremy Ogg, National Oilwell Varco In 1982, a radically new drilling system appeared in the oil patch, one that would ultimately allow tremendous advances in the oil and gas industry’s well construction capabilities. The advent of the original Top Drive System (TDS) foreshadowed the development of reservoirs that were […]

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Geothermal drilling market heats up

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

by Linda Hsieh, Assistant Managing Editor As oil prices reach unheard-of highs in the $140/bbl range, energy sources that have historically been considered too expensive to produce economically are getting new leases on life. Many such energy sources, like wind and solar, tend to reside far outside the realm of the oil and gas drilling […]

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New Drillers Course provides required training in period of rapid promotions for drilling crews

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

Murchison Drilling Schools (MDS) recently introduced its new five-day Drillers Course, which aims to equip assistant drillers (AD) with the technical tools needed to become an effective driller, and to ensure that drillers have the technical knowledge necessary to be proficient in his current position and to excel as a toolpusher in the future. The […]

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Derek Morrow, Atwood Oceanics: From Scotsman to Aussie, he’s never looked back

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

Derek Morrow isn’t someone who likes to move backwards. At 20, he left his native Scotland and his mechanical engineering studies for the island of Jersey off the French coast. After seven years there – during which he became a junior partner in a small but successful construction and equipment hire company – he and […]

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, July/August, Microsites

Mark Burns named president of ENSCO Offshore International Mark Burns has joined ENSCO to serve as president of ENSCO Offshore International Co, an international operating subsidiary of the company. To be based at ENSCO’s Dallas headquarters, he will replace Paul Mars, who is retiring effective 2 July 2008. Mr Burns was previously vice president and […]

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Microsites

Innovative method used to create new platform slot Hughes Christensen helped a customer in the Congo accomplish a world-first by utilizing an innovative technique to create an additional slot on a platform in the Foukanda offshore field. The objective was to simultaneously drill and case off over 60 m (197 ft) of shallow formations using […]

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D&C News

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, July/August, Microsites, News

Seadrill to build 4 more new jackups Seadrill has entered into agreements with Keppel FELS and PPL Shipyard in Singapore for the construction of a total of four jackup newbuilds with delivery in 2010. The two units to be built at Keppel FELS will be based on the KFELS Mod V ‘B’ design. The rated […]

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