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BP completes flow test of Itaipu-1A well, offshore Brazil

Posted on 25 March 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

BP has completed a successful flow test of the Itaipu-1A discovery well offshore Brazil. The Itaipu-1A pre-salt well is located in block BM-C-32…

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Petrobras announces US $236.7 billion business plan for 2013 – 2017

Posted on 20 March 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Petrobras has announced a US $236.7 billion budget under a 2013-2017 Business & Management Plan (2013-17 BP)…

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Drilling Ahead: Webinar on competency clarifies complex topic

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

Technology is our industry’s defibrillator. Without it, we would have shared the same calamitous demise that befell blacksmiths and buggy makers. Unable to pursue any but the lowest-hanging fruit, we’d end up beating our rigs into plowshares…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Departments, March/April

Halliburton, Apache Corp and Caterpillar have developed dual-fuel technology to safely and efficiently power the pumping equipment used for fracturing treatments with a mixture of natural gas and diesel. With 12 pumps (24,000 hp), it is one of the largest dual-fuel projects in the industry…

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Cementing: Taking in lessons learned

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances

Hydrocarbon production is a risky business, and nowhere is this more evident than in the deepest, darkest waters on the planet, where some of the brightest prospects for the future lie miles beneath the surface. High pressures and temperatures, extended laterals and unstable reservoirs are…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Departments, March/April

Keppel FELS has delivered the UMW Naga 4 jackup to UMW Oil & Gas five days ahead of schedule in February, on budget and with a perfect safety record…

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Plug locator system mitigates cement plug displacement risks

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The ongoing search for new oil and gas reserves continues to push the technical limits of well construction, as more complex wells are being drilled into increasingly remote…

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Harsh environments, extended drilling envelopes steer drill pipe evolution

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Just as wells have become longer and more complex, drill pipe is not what it used to be. Improved steel grades and connections for conventional pipe, advanced materials for extreme environments, wired drill pipe…

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Latin America: Growth expected across the board

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Picture Latin America as a quilt. In unison, the pieces come together to form a vibrant and vast region, but separately, every patch tells a story all its own. “Each country has different needs and challenges regarding…

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Logging data linked in real time mitigate drilling complications

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

he Brazilian petroleum industry has entered a new era of success exploiting shallow-water oil reserves in the Campos Basin, utilizing methods enhanced by advanced software…

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