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Gazprom Neft begins exploratory drilling in the Arctic

Posted on 03 July 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has started drilling a new exploration well in the Dolginskoye field on the continental shelf in the Pechora sea…

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Bit-to-bend motor drills Eagle Ford wells in single runs

Posted on 02 July 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

Baker Hughes used its new 6 3/4-in. Navi-Drill Ultra Curve motor with a 4½-ft bit-to-bend length to drill the vertical, curve and lateral…

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Petrobras reduces pre-salt drilling time by 55%


Posted on 01 July 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras has reduced drilling time by 55%, from 126 days in 2010 to 60 days in 2013 in the pre-salt layer of the Lula and Sapinhoá fields, where it has achieved 30 days…

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GE wins PEMEX surface wellhead, tree contract for GOM project

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

GE Oil & Gas has signed a multi-year agreement with PEMEX to supply and install surface wellheads and trees for an offshore project in the Campeche Sound Ayatsil field in the…

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Lessons from chemical industry: 3 keys to process automation

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Efficient Rig, Videos

The integration of process and automation engineering in the chemical industry has led to increase in overall efficiency and shorter project times, Thomas Dieckhoff of Siemens explained…

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Lacy: Industry must address human factors as part of self-regulation

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News, Videos

Tracing the cause of major incidents in the drilling industry often leads to single-point human errors. Participating on a panel discussion titled “Are we doing enough as an…

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Chevron DSM Foundations program streamlines training process

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

Companies across the industry are challenged to meet requirements for qualified personnel. To address this challenge, Chevron implemented the Drill Site Manager (DSM) Foundations program…

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Instrumentation, measurement and sensor integration challenge drilling systems automation

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

One of eight defined challenges of drilling systems automation is IMS – instrumentation, measurement and sensors. John Macpherson of Baker Hughes is leading the challenge group…

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Collaboration among operator, contractor, service company provides MPD functionality to drillship

Posted on 25 June 2014 in Exclusive Video, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

As operators face increasingly challenging reservoirs, conventional technologies are becoming inefficient in safely achieving well objectives on time and on budget. To address…

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IHS: Rising operating costs challenge outlook for offshore rig market

Posted on 25 June 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

The strength of dayrates for offshore rigs in recent years has attracted significant investment and a spate of orders for newbuilds – particularly premium jackups, Tom Kellock…

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