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Personal responsibility for safety a must for incident-free workplace

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Industry increasingly looks to non-traditional geographies, disciplines for workers, enhancing safety through strong corporate culture…

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Tailored engineering, automation to drive optimized fracturing

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, January/February, Onshore Advances

Rush into manufacturing mode may be leading to less efficient frac designs, forfeiting valuable information, production in shales. If you look at the estimated…

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Advanced technology on simple wells puts focus on performance

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, January/February, Onshore Advances

Applying same drilling practices to both complex and basic wells builds skills, capability, can reduce overall costs if done right. In 2012, we drilled about 2,500…

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Risk-based approach to competency places focus on rig floor, well control

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, January/February

Contractors expanding safety management systems to formalize stronger process safety components. For the majority of drilling contractors…

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Plenary session to explore impact of stakeholders’ growing expectations, heightened public awareness

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

The 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 5-7 March in Amsterdam, will provide leading industry thinkers…

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News Cuttings

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Maersk Drilling vice president and senior technical advisor Gregers Kudsk was named the 2012 IADC Contractor of the Year…

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Survey: Rising operating costs pose biggest industry challenge in Asia Pacific

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Industry professionals are bullish about the near-term outlook for Asia Pacific, but rising operating costs as the region transitions from “easy” production…

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Weatherford anticipates growth in Asia Pacific unconventional, intervention markets

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Oilfield services company Weatherford is anticipating near-term growth in a number of sectors in Asia Pacific, particularly…

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People, companies and products

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Departments, January/February

Travis Hubert Petty, the former CEO of El Paso Co who got his start in the mailroom, died 21 December in Colorado Springs, Colo., at age 84. “He lived a real American story…

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Drilling Ahead: Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot over shales

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Departments, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Amid a seemingly endless barrage of negative press, demonstrations and moratoriums, I was heartened to see the United Kingdom…

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