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Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

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New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

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Understanding yield point: Effect on pressure surges critical to managing deep, difficult MPD wells

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) is often used to drill formations that have a narrow window between formation pore pressure and fracture pressure.

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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

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Monobore wellbore design: Bangladesh exploration program highlights pros, cons

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

“Monobore” describes A well where the diameter of the production conduit is uniform from the reservoir to surface. The simplest form of monobore is a string…

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Pushing for innovations in a risk-averse industry

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, September/October

For many petroleum engineers who end up building their careers on the drilling side of the business, one common theme often appears: Production is boring.

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 02 November 2009 in 2009, Departments, September/October

Transocean announced that Steven L Newman has been chosen to succeed Robert L Long as the company’s chief executive officer upon Mr Long’s…

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Pride underscores training, safety commitment with new facility in France featuring rig, test well

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

Pride International’s commitment to training runs deep, a company culture in a land where learning runs back through the centuries. In the land…

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D&C Tech Digest

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

Weatherford International and ENI have entered an agreement to develop a subsea drilling-with-casing system. It will enable a 20-in. casing string…

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