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Highly sour fields push challenges for H2S-resistant pipe

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is hazardous to humans, other living organisms and the environment. Historically, this is the reason wells found with sour gas were often carefully…

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Stabilizing activity ushers positive outlook for Mediterranean

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Tempered by challenges around political and financial uncertainty, the diverse Mediterranean region nevertheless continues to hold potential for robust exploration and production…

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NSOAF audit: Interfacing, bridging processes lack clarity in North Sea

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

I never fail to be impressed by the safe and successful drilling of a well. The way a host of different companies overcome the challenges of working under tight timescales and…

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Wirelines

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

In February, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) proposed a rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license…

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HSE&T Corner: Management must lead way to culture of commitment, not of compliance

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Compliance will only take you so far when it comes to the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities in the oil and gas industry. To go all the way will require commitment…

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Going the distance

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From vertical wells to horizontal wells, the industry’s evolution within the past 10 years has commanded a transformation of the drilling landscape. Subsequently, coiled tubing…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

IADC takes on new look with logo and branding changes: Over the course of IADC’s nearly 75-year history, the organization has served as the space for members of the drilling industry…

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Keeping sand at bay

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

When it comes to sand control, a misstep comes at a high price. The industry is increasingly realizing the significance of investing time and resources from the very beginning…

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Push-the-bit RSS drills high-angle section in one run for PDVSA

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Directional drilling has revolutionized oil and gas production, enabling operators to venture into new frontiers and geologically challenging reservoirs that once were…

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Redesigned sub allows continuous circulation in MPD applications

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Managing downhole pressure is a critical element while drilling, particularly in deepwater and extended-reach conditions. The depths and design complexities of ultra-deepwater…

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