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New containment concept to improve subsea well incident preparedness, response

Posted on 05 September 2013 in Drilling It Safely, News

Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) and the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP) will further develop existing subsea well response capability through the…

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Big risks, bigger rewards?

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling is a challenging task anywhere you go today, but drilling in the Arctic is exponentially more demanding and costly. To get a sense of what operations are like in an arctic environment, Parker Drilling’s Bryan Collins, VP – Arctic operations, explained a typical day…

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Ensco takes delivery of ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackup

Posted on 03 September 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackups. The rig is contracted to work for Nexen in…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Uruguay-based Parden Holding has awarded a contract to Keppel FELS to build a jackup for US $206 million…

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Houston Community College to build training facility focusing on entry-level rig crews

Posted on 30 August 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

Houston Community College (HCC) is establishing the HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training Center to provide drilling…

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Spotlight on New Technology winners to be recognized at LAGCOE

Posted on 29 August 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News

LAGCOE recently announced winners of the 2013 Spotlight on New Technology awards for innovation and technological advancement…

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Next-generation semi replaces derrick with multipurpose tower

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

With the implementation of the multipurpose tower (MPT) on Noble Drilling’s Noble Bully I and II in March and April 2012…

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Finer control: 2nd-gen wired pipe to improve ruggedness, diagnostics

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Wired drill pipe (WDP) technology has been described as a game-changer for the oil and gas industry due to its capacity to deliver high-resolution data…

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Increasing complexity, global expansion calls for crew competence

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, September/October

The nature of the oil and gas industry is often described as cyclical. Personnel shortages accelerated by the Big Crew Change and market upswing reflect…

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IADC launches Well Control Institute

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Preventing the unwanted release of hydrocarbons is the primary process safety concern at all stages of a well’s life cycle. Proper personnel training is an essential element in that prevention. On the eve of the 2013 IADC Well Control Conference…

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