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HSE&T Corner: Digital checklist for field service representatives improves accountability and service quality, standardizes rig engagement

Checklists, unlike procedures, are designed to be used in the field on a daily basis, Terry Barrett, CEO for CAVU International, said at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in October in Galveston, Texas. On the other hand, procedures are meant to capture knowledge and best practices and can be hundreds of pages long.

Pilots, air traffic controllers and airplane mechanics are no less susceptible to human error than anyone else. Yet commercial airlines fly billions of passengers around the world every year while experiencing very few incidents or fatalities. “What did they do? They put in checklists,” Terry Barrett, Chief Operating Office for CAVU International, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas...

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2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference abstracts

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Apply a unique approach and workflow to transform data into usable knowledge supporting multi-rig deepwater operations to aid the reduction of well cycle time and remain economically competitive during low cost oil environment. Maximize the utilization and concise visualization of surface digital data providing invaluable insight to achieve reliable, efficient and world-class performance excellence. Establish data-driven well construction optimization process to achieve rig operations consistency closer to the technical limit. ...

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Process automation may provide next performance differentiator in ultra-competitive shale market

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Right now, it’s survival. There are a lot of people struggling to make the money that is required for their businesses, and we have to think about how our businesses are going to evolve going forward. Everyone is having to work out how they can make money with minimal investment. One way is consolidation, which we’ll likely see more of in the coming years. Another way is to find lower-cost and more innovative ways to do things...

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Vantage Drilling announces contract for Topaz Driller

Vantage Drilling is mobilizing the Topaz Driller to work for Ophir in Thailand.

Vantage Drilling announced that it has entered into a contract with New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum for its premium jackup rig, the Topaz Driller, to perform drilling services in Cameroon for 150 days. “We are very pleased to announce this contract with New Age for the Topaz Driller in Cameroon,” said Ihab Toma, CEO of Vantage. “This contract will enable us to have two of our premium jackup rigs operating in West Africa after we mobilize the Topaz Driller from Asia to Cameroon. Our rigs and crews have proven and continue to prove to our clients that Vantage is a leader in safety and operational performance in the region. We look forward to commencing work for our esteemed client.”

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Shell announces large deepwater discovery in Gulf of Mexico

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Shell has announced one of its largest US Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deepwater well. The well encountered more than 1,400 net ft (427 m) of oil-bearing pay. Evaluation of the discovery is ongoing, and appraisal drilling is under way to further delineate the discovery and define development options. “Deepwater is an important growth priority as we reshape Shell into a world-class investment case,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell. “Today’s announcement shows how, through exploration, we are sustaining a strong pipeline of discoveries and future projects to sustain this deepwater growth.” Whale is operated by Shell (60%) and co-owned by Chevron (40%). It was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon ...

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Premier Oil awarded exploration license offshore Indonesia

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Premier Oil, together with its joint venture (JV) partners Mubadala Petroleum and Kris Energy, has been awarded the Andaman II License in the 2017 Indonesian Licensing Round. The Andaman II license is located in the underexplored but proven North Sumatra basin offshore Aceh, Indonesia. Premier has identified numerous prospects and leads that exhibit direct hydrocarbon indicators on the existing 2D seismic data, significantly de-risking a potentially material gas play, the company stated. Premier assesses that the overall license has the potential for significant gas volumes that, in the success case, would be delivered to existing gas consumers in North Sumatra. Going forward, the plan is to acquire 3D seismic in the initial three-year term, Premier stated. Tony Durrant, CEO of Premier, ...

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Shell to sell stake in Thailand’s Bongkot field to PTTEP

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Shell Integrated Gas Thailand and Thai Energy Company, affiliates of Royal Dutch Shell, have agreed to an asset sale of their 22.2% interest in the Bongkot field and adjoining acreage offshore Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production Public Company (PTTEP) and PTTEP International, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTTEP, for a transaction value of $750 million. The transaction is expected to complete in Q2 2018, subject to completion conditions as prescribed in the agreement. The agreement is for Shell’s stake in blocks 15, 16 and 17 and Block G12/48. Following the completion of this transaction, PTTEP’s stake in Bongkot will increase to 66.7%, with the remaining 33.3% owned by Total. PTTEP is the current operator of Bongkot. Shell’s decision to ...

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