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A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

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Risk-informed decisions allow realization of rigs’ inherent reliability

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Efficient Rig

Drilling rig operation, maintenance and management involves fast turnaround and high-pressure work with critical tasks. These tasks are performed by diversely skilled personnel…

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Q&A’s with UK, Norwegian regulators

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As head of the UK Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division, what goals do you have for the coming years? Susan Mackenzie: The health and safety priorities for the…

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Front-loaded approach to well control stresses planning, prevention

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice still resonates today, even in 10,000-ft laterals and subsea wells a mile or more beneath…

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IADC ISP: LTI rate holds steady in 2013, TRIR down by 8%

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The global drilling industry saw its lost-time incidence (LTI) rate and its number of fatalities unchanged from 2012 to 2013, at 0.26 and 22 fatalities, respectively. Improvements…

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Expandable liner gets deepwater well to TD past 3 sand zones

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Deep and ultra-deepwater exploration activities continue to set records as new wells are drilled in deeper waters and in more complex reservoirs. At the same time, the…

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Rally in the North Sea

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Despite myriad challenges such as rising costs, mature fields and increasingly tougher regulations, the European drilling market continues to exhibit strength in terms of contract backlogs, rig utilization and a general feeling of…

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Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Editorial: Tools to improve performance are there, but it’s up to the industry to use them

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The industry believes it’s on top of its game, but that is far from what the public feels. This was stated by Kevin Lacy while speaking on a panel session at the recent…

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Offshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: OMV details Barents Sea success; CSB report cites pipe buckling as cause of BOP failure in Macondo

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Understanding the risk factors and what are the “unknowns” when drilling in uncharted areas is key to a safe and successful operation. Far north in the Barents Sea…

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