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ASTM subcommittee to develop hydraulic fracturing standards

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

ASTM International has formed a subcommittee to develop standards for hydraulic fracturing. Subcommittee D18.26, which held its first meeting in January, includes 230 volunteer…

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DOI to encourage RD&D of oil shale, tar sands resources

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, May/June, Onshore Advances

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has finalized a plan to encourage research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on Bureau of Land Management…

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Real-time data, reservoir model combination addresses GOM challenges

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Growing activity in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) reflects the industry’s capability to meet increasing operational challenges in deepwater, where activity has returned to pre-moratorium…

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Craighead: E&P in ultra-deepwater is like ‘going to mars’

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

In the not so distant past, with deepwater exploration still in its infancy, the fear of shrinking oil and gas supplies frequently ran high. Today, however, industry has embraced the challenges…

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Case study: Planning enables remote-area drilling campaign

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Operators share rig, services for exploratory, appraisal program offshore Falkland Islands By J.W. Jenner, A. Morrison, Rockhopper Exploration; R. Lyons, Desire Petroleum; L. Phillips, AGR Petroleum Services; I. McBean, Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Offshore the Falkland Islands, approximately 650 km southeast of the South American continent, two small UK operators with limited in-house operational resources conducted […]

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Ship shape

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The world’s offshore rig fleet is getting a makeover. The recovering global economy, healthy commodity prices, a burgeoning ultra-deepwater market and plans to venture into more harsh-environment fields have converged in a perfect storm of newbuild activity…

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Can’t keep the offshore industry down

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The global offshore industry is undeniably enjoying another renaissance. Both the deepwater and jackup segments are benefitting from high utilization and climbing dayrates in almost every market around the world, and few doubt this positive outlook will continue…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Departments, May/June

Antero Resources and Patterson-UTI recently finalized the installation of three rich-burn engines from Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI) that are…

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Departments, May/June

Statoil, with its partners Eni and Petoro, has started production from the Skuld field at Norne in the Norwegian Sea…

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Drilling Ahead: ‘Peak Oil’ consigned to dustbin of failed notions

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, May/June

Whatever happened to Peak Oil? Peak Oil, the seemingly irrefutable hypothesis that the world is quickly exhausting its finite hydrocarbon resources…

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