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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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IADC pushes forward on KSA project, calls for more industry participation

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April

The IADC Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) project is well under way and headed toward completion later this year, with worldwide mapping of competence-based models already completed, Dr Brenda Kelly, IADC senior director of program development, said at the 2013 IADC HSE & Training Conference in Houston on 6 February. The work continues to focus on rig-based positions, Dr Kelly said, “but ultimately there is that vision on expanding to other third-party personnel who will be…

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GOM deepwater well puts dual-gradient drilling on the map

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

IADC defines dual-gradient drilling (DGD) as a variation of managed pressure drilling that uses “two or more pressure gradients within selected sections to manage…

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New cementing method uses pipe movement to maximize displacement

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

Well cementing is one of the most critical steps of the well completion procedure. However, as the last step in well construction, cementing is sometimes not given the attention…

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Steering capabilities broaden drilling with casing/liner applications

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

To drill conventionally or not to drill conventionally. As industry increasingly finds itself in depleted and unstable formations, reactive shale plays and…

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Upfront planning, operational strategy key to MPD success

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

Unlike underbalanced (UBD), managed pressure drilling (MPD) operations are sometimes “taken lightly” due to its nature of being slightly above or at balance…

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Guest Editorial: Time is right for US to expand OCS access

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

Prices at the pump hit a record high in the US at the beginning of February and are expected to rise through spring. Most pundits claim that rising crude oil prices are to blame. At the same time, government and industry officials report that US oil and natural gas production is up, and they…

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