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Tax systems can tip the scales on brownfields

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

Critical D&C issues with Nick Walker, Talisman Energy. There are a number of issues. We are, I hope, progressing out of recession. Oil prices have recovered somewhat, but gas prices still haven’t, and I think the latter will stay low in Europe…

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HSE system uses visual icons to help employees identify potential hazards, correct behaviors

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Many companies use one system for hazard identification, one system for a job safety analysis/job hazard analysis (JSA/JHA) and still another system for behavioral…

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Automation’s learning curve must be overcome

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances

Critical D&C issues with Ed Kautz, Ensign Energy Services. Implementing automation technologies and equipment on land drilling rigs is still not universally accepted. Are you a believer in technology and automation? …

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‘It’s all about working together and communicating’

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, January/February

It should come as no surprise that Baker Hughes’ Rustom Mody is passionate about researching and developing high-tech solutions to the industry’s myriad completion and production problems. After all, he is the company’s vice president of technology for completions and production. …

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Drilling Ahead: Once again, downturn has proven to be a good thing for technology

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Ever since the industry got rolled over by the monster how-low-will-it-go recession approximately 18 months ago, industry technology leaders have made various comments about how downturns can actually be a good thing for technological innovations. …

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D&C News

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, January/February

Drilling and completion news …

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Top drives key to better jackup performance

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Matt Ralls is president and CEO of Rowan Companies. He is also the 2010 IADC vice chairman. What do you see as some of the most critical technology challenges facing the drilling and completion industry today? Rowan is a jackup and…

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Industry should embark on new safety evolution to encourage common values in the workplace

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Before we can begin to discuss value-driven safety, we need to understand the history of the safety function as a discipline in the oil and gas industry and how it has…

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HSE Corner: 6 steps to a comprehensive fall protection program

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Departments, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Falls while working at height are all too common; the greater tragedy is that each fall is preventable. Approximately 2.3 million work-related deaths worldwide occur annually, with the construction industry accounting for about 60,000 of them. Around the world, fall protection is moving up companies’’ safety agenda. …

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ExxonMobil/XTO deal augurs strong promise for natural gas

Posted on 14 December 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

ExxonMobil Corp and XTO Energy Inc announced on 14 December, 2009, an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The acquisition agreement, which…

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