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NOV, Saudi Aramco announce joint venture in Saudi Arabia

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National Oilwell Varco (NOV) announced entering into a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco to form a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. Through its state-of the art manufacturing and fabrication facilities and NOV’s market-leading drilling technologies, the joint venture will manufacture high-specification land rigs, rig and drilling equipment, and offer certain aftermarket services...

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Interior Department advances America-First Offshore Energy Strategy

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In accordance with Secretarial Order 3350, which implements President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior today announced it will move forward to resume its evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean in order to resume their evaluation, upon the grant of the remand by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA)...

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Tenaris launches high-torque-resistant connection aimed to boost shale operations

The new TenarisHydril Wedge connection features a high torque resistance and can withstand harsh drilling conditions, Alex Gras, Technical Sales Engineer at Tenaris, said at the 2017 OTC on 1 May. The high torque profile is achieved through its robust thread design and lower threads-per-inch profile, as well as a pin-to-pin backup mechanism.

Tenaris has developed a new threaded and coupled connection, the latest in the TenarisHydril Wedge series, that provides the over-torque performance needed in production strings typically used in horizontal shale wells. The connection’s torque capacity is achieved due to the robustness of the TenarisHydril Wedge thread design, combined with a pin-to-pin backup mechanism...

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Halliburton introduces comprehensive wellbore cleanup, displacement service

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Halliburton has launched CleanWell Solutions, a wellbore cleanup and displacement service that addresses the critical stage of well construction between drilling and completions. It combines filtration services, wellbore cleanup fluids, mechanical wellbore cleaning tools and software modeling to ensure a clean wellbore, thus facilitating a smooth completion installation and protecting the reservoir from potential damage. In this video from the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on 3 May, Gavin Munro, Product Manager, discusses the development of the service and a Gulf of Mexico case history where 500 lb of debris were recovered from the wellbore, saving the operator an estimated $400,000.

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