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BP launches robotic core-flooding system

Posted on 10 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The complete automation and workflow optimization in BP’s new Core Flood Robot enables hundreds of core flood tests to be performed each year, rather than dozens…

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Statoil suspends 2 rigs due to overcapacity

Posted on 06 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has decided to suspend two new rigs due to overcapacity in the rig portfolio. Transocean Spitsbergen and Songa Trym will be suspended through 2014, a period which might be extended…

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Troubled waters

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

The ingredients for a troubled deepwater market – flattening rig demand, increasing costs and falling oil prices – have been brewing in the past year. A number of deepwater projects have been postponed, and the industry…

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The other precious resource

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

What happens when a world thirsty for hydrocarbons meets a world competing for water? In the unconventionals sector, that collision of commodities is playing out across a variety of environmental and usage issues…

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Fertile grounds

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

The onshore market has been a beacon for the global drilling industry, reflecting growth and improved efficiencies in the past year. This momentum is expected to guide the industry in the coming year…

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Business as usual, but with caution

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Geopolitical concerns, notably worrisome aggression from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across northern Iraq, is signaling a cautionary mood in the Middle East. However, it is business as usual for the oil…

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Drilling Ahead: IADC workshops shed light on new EU rule

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

The European Union has implemented the offshore regulatory version of Einstein’s elusive Grand Unified Theory, and IADC is there to help its members understand…

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Drilling potential abounds in Mexico, but so does uncertainty

Posted on 05 November 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The tides are turning in Mexico after the government ended PEMEX’s 76-year monopoly over the country’s oil and gas market. On 20 December 2013, Mexico’s energy reform bill became a law…

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2014 operational summary: Year of delivery for IADC divisions

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

The IADC Operational Integrity (OI) Division, comprising the Onshore, Offshore, Drilling and Well Servicing, QA/QC, and Accreditation and Credentialing Divisions, devoted time and expertise to promoting the interests…

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Analyst: Drilling sees little impact, for now, from Russian sanctions

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

When the US and European Union expanded sanctions on Russia in September, the energy industry took note. Companies such as ExxonMobil have announced their compliance…

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