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Africa Briefs: Industry educates employees amid Ebola outbreak; Angola, Nigeria to lead Africa growth

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

West Africa has been hit hard by the largest Ebola epidemic in history. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have seen the highest number of infections…

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Mexico sets sights on foreign investment through energy reform

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Mexico has vast oil and gas reserves but not enough capital resources to drill for it. Consider this: In the US-controlled part of the Gulf of Mexico, more than 300,000 bbl…

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News cuttings

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

At the annual Offshore Energy Center (OEC) gala on 27 September, IADC was recognized with an election to the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame as a Technology Pioneer. IADC was awarded the honor…

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People, Companies & Products

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Departments, November/December

Edwin “Eric” McGhee, who served as Executive Vice President for IADC for 15 years, passed away on 4 October. He was 88. Born on 31 December in 1925 in Brownwood, Texas, Mr McGhee was the seventh of eight children…

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IADC embarks on next stage of transformation into sustained, high-performing organization

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

At the start of 2012, IADC set out an ambitious three-year tactical plan to prepare and deliver key initiatives and programs in response to rapidly growing and changing industry requirements. I can report…

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Perspectives: Jennifer Guidry, Hercules Offshore: Empowered employees key to achieving incident-free operations

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Jennifer Guidry never expected to find herself in a leadership position at an offshore drilling company in Houston. “One of the greatest things I’ve learned,” she said, “is that to achieve extraordinary things…

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HSE&T corner: Transocean takes proactive approach to implementing ABCDs of malaria prevention

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Departments, Drilling It Safely, November/December

Although Ebola is the disease that’s dominating the bulk of media attention these days, it’s malaria that companies should be thinking more about in terms of protecting employees’ health. Malaria…

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Wirelines

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported preliminary results from the 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Mining, quarryibg and oil and gas extraction had the third highest fatal…

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NOV top drive control software mitigates torsional vibration in Eagle Ford

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

In a recent 13-well program in the Eagle Ford, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) deployed its top drive control software, SoftSpeed II, to mitigate torsional vibration…

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All-liquid cementing system completes 5 jobs in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Compared with conventional cements, Baker Hughes’ all-liquid FoamSet system maintains a constant pressure to keep the water or gas in the formation and out of the cement…

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