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Raising the sand bar

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In virtually every well worldwide, operators have to contend with some degree of sand production, a phenomenon that more often than not leads to erosion, sand accumulation, plugging, formation collapse and contamination. These issues have serious financial, safety and environmental implications for operators, often resulting in clean-outs, reduced flow rates and production, and unplanned shutdowns.

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In September, the US House Committee on Natural Resources hosted a field hearing in New Orleans. IADC attended the meeting, “The Impacts of Federal Policies on Energy Production and Economic Growth in the Gulf,” and later submitted comments to the record which outlined changes to existing law that could help spur safer energy production in the US.

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HSE&T Corner: Learning from the fast lane: Formula One improves safety by putting it second to none

Fatalities over two consecutive days in 1994 changed Formula One forever. The fatalities – including the death of famed Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna – became a moment of clarity for F1. Immediately following those incidents, F1 and its regulator established the Safety Working Group, and it was decided to innovate F1 to zero fatalities, Mark Gallagher said at the 2015 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 24 September. Mr Gallagher is the author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

Auto racing is an inherently risky activity, and for the first 45 years of Formula One (F1), that risk was reflected strongly and plainly in the number of fatalities that occurred: 43 driver deaths from 1950 to 1994. Then, on 1 May 1994, everything changed, said Mark Gallagher, author of “The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom.”

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IADC engages in multitude of initiatives to catalyze improved performance for the global drilling industry

IADC President/CEO Stephen Colville speaks at the 2015 HSE&T Conference, held 3-4 February in Houston. Despite tough market conditions this year, Mr Colville has kept IADC’s focus on initiatives that will serve to catalyze improved performance for the drilling industry.

2015 marked the 75th anniversary of IADC. Over this time, our members have experienced the inevitable ebbs and flows of the global oil and gas industry. But this year has been as testing as any we have known – low oil prices and high operational costs have led to drastic reduction in rig counts globally both onshore and offshore.

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Editorial: Don’t use market correction to justify lesser training as it could set back all momentum on safety

Ed Jacob TN

I have been an active member of IADC for more than 30 years and a member of this industry for more than 40. This year’s market correction has changed the landscape for drilling contractors, and while times have been tough for all of us, I am proud of what our association has accomplished this year. It is in the toughest of times that we prove our strength, and IADC has a 75-year history to back up its formidable strength.

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News Cuttings

Derek Morrow (left), IADC Regional Director for Australasia, presents Kirk Atkinson of Noble Drilling with the Offshore Winners Award plaque in Perth on 1 July

Written for experienced drillers, the Drillers Knowledge Book provides never-before-published solutions to common drilling problems and methods to continually improve efficiency during drilling. The book covers all aspects of drilling, including well design and construction, hydraulic optimization, rock mechanics, drilling fluid processing and more. It focuses on field-proven techniques and procedures necessary for a drilling rig to drill at its maximum potential, while eliminating trouble time and costs that delay drilling and increase risks.

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Pressures mount as industry goes deep into survival mode


The upstream oil and gas industry has gone into survival mode, and analysts appear to agree that things are going to get worse before they get better. With low and volatile oil prices leading to more and more postponed drilling projects and lower and lower rig counts, operators, drilling contractors and service companies alike are cutting costs wherever possible. However, it’s the drilling contractors and service companies that have bore the brunt of these reductions, and analysts are urging the industry to increase collaboration to reduce costs in a balanced manner.

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Offshore drilling industry must cooperate to ‘recalibrate’ market

BP’s Atoll-1, which became one of the deepest wells ever drilled offshore Egypt, was drilled from the Maersk Discoverer and was finished 62 days ahead of the AFE target. Built in 2009, the semi can work in water depths of up to 10,000 ft. The rig has a maximum drill depth of 40,000 ft.

Cutthroat competition for offshore rig contracts became an unfortunate reality for drilling contractors worldwide this year. Without a significant decrease in the global offshore rig supply, these woes will likely persist into 2016. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the active offshore rig count declined by almost 20% between August 2014 and August 2015, no doubt the result of big declines in crude oil prices and, subsequently, operator CAPEX.

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