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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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IADC updating Drilling Manual, Deepwater Well Control Guidelines

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

IADC has undertaken efforts to revitalize two of its flagship publications. The IADC Drilling Manual, the industry’s definitive operational drilling guide, and the Deepwater Well Control Guidelines are undergoing updates…

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IADC kicks off technical pubs projects

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

The IADC Technical Publications Committee, under the leadership of committee chairman and industry veteran Dr Leon Robinson, is undertaking an effort to redesign and rewrite many of its offerings. Additionally, the committee will introduce…

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Wirelines

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

ADC welcomed an agreement reached on 21 February between the European Parliament and the European Council on a proposal for oil and gas safety regulation…

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Accident precursor program under development to prevent major hazards

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

It is rare for a major catastrophe to occur in isolation. Typically, major accidents are not caused by a single failure but by multiple failures occurring in sequence…

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Trent Latshaw, Latshaw Drilling: Lessons learned in setbacks lead to greater success

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Departments, Exclusive Video, March/April, Recent Drilling News, Videos

Arriving in Alaska in 1971, just three years after the Prudhoe Bay discovery, Trent Latshaw, now president and owner of…

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Improving well control calls for continuous evaluation of barriers

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Traditional well control training teaches critical skills needed to recognize and prevent wellbore influx, such as recognizing pore pressure fluctuations…

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Real-time capabilities, inspection systems fine-tune coiled tubing

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

Improvements in coiled-tubing (CT) data acquisition are sharpening the eyes and ears of downhole operations, as real-time data allows operators to better monitor…

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Emergency response: Industry builds an equipped community

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, March/April

Breakthroughs in exploration technologies have opened up opportunities of historic proportions, but they have also brought new liabilities and…

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