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Exploration on the Atlantic Frontier has been hit-and-miss, but hope lingers for breakthrough

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

By Jeremy Cresswell, contributing editor As IADC members know all too well, patience is a prerequisite for success in the petroleum industry; it’s a basic fact. But some energy provinces take a lot more figuring out than others before the door to the prize is unlocked. A prime example is surely the Europe Union portion […]

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Win-win cooperation between regulators, IADC leads to more efficient moving of MODUs

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

By Magne Ognedal, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway Safety regulators in North Sea countries have pursued a fruitful collaboration for several decades through the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum (NSOAF). Its members hold an annual working meeting where activities are summed up and new tasks are initiated and discussed. Most of the forum’s work is carried […]

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It’s high times, high demand in the North Sea

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

It’s a fact that the North Sea is a mature oil province where exploration finds are often smaller compared with those offshore Africa or in the Middle East. But when oil is selling for $130 per bbl and bringing natural gas prices along with it to historic highs, being “mature” doesn’t seem to matter much […]

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A.J. Guiteau, Diamond Offshore: Believe in the value of training, provide quality learning

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

By Linda Hsieh, assistant managing editor A.J. Guiteau doesn’t know why, but he’s always liked education. He liked going to school and learning, so much that he earned an adult education degree from the College of Santa Fe in 1969 and then went back to high school as a teacher. But being a high school […]

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, May/June

Anticipating international growth, Abbot names new CEO Holger Temmen has been named chief executive officer of Abbot Group and the KCA DEUTAG group of companies. This is a new position created in anticipation of international growth and follows the takeover of Abbot Group by US private equity firm First Reserve in March. Alasdair Locke remains […]

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CNPC tours Diamond Offshore training facility

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

Representatives from China National Petroleum Offshore Engineering (CNPOE), a subgroup of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), received a tour and demonstrations of state-of-the-art training equipment and simulators at Diamond Offshore’s Houston training facility in late March. A.J. Guiteau, corporate manager of training and development for Diamond, first led a discussion of the company’s training initiatives, […]

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D&C Tech Digest

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, Microsites

FMC Technologies’ Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree (EVDT) is a slimbore subsea completion system designed to provide large-bore system capabilities. It can accommodate 7-in. tubing completions and pressures up to 15,000 psi within a 13 5/8-in. BOP stack. Among other features, it allows ultra-deepwater completions to be performed from a small drilling rig containing the surface […]

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D&C News

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Departments, May/June, News

StatoilHydro awards 5-year contract to Aker Drilling rig StatoilHydro has awarded a five-year contract to Aker Drilling’s Aker Spitsbergen for drilling operations in the Norwegian Sea. The contract was originally awarded in December 2006, but StatoilHydro has had until now to decide the length of the fixed part of the contract, beyond a minimum period […]

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A New ‘Golden Age’ for R&D

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

By Mike Killalea, editor & publisher Back in the day, as a wet-between-the-ears engineer clutching a freshly minted diploma, I joined the illustrious deep-think research arm of a major oil company, my entrée into the oil patch. Fascinating work, but, compared to my brilliant fellows, I was something of a dim bulb. I concluded I […]

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News Cuttings

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June, Microsites, News

KCA DEUTAG director Claus Chur named Contractor of the Year IADC has named Claus Chur, KCA DEUTAG director technical services, as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year,” Mr Chur said in accepting the award. “I am particularly proud of […]

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