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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Maersk Drilling has placed an order with GE Oil & Gas for the industry’s first 20,000-psi rated deepwater BOP and riser systems. The order, which is subject to a final investment…

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Downhole shakeup

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Rumblings, from surface to TD, are omnipresent throughout a drilling operation. From long-reach horizontal wells onshore the US to the deepest offshore wells around the world, shock and vibration takes…

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IADC launches KSA Competencies Program online database

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC officially kicked off its Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Competencies Program at IADC World Drilling 2014 in Vienna in June. The goal of the project is to ensure…

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Automated well control: Industry gets ready for 20,000 psi and beyond

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August

The drilling industry continues to push the limits of its technologies in order to access deeper, hotter, higher-pressure reservoirs. As the industry moves toward drilling…

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Real-time drilling service halts twist-offs in Wolfcamp wells

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

An operator in the Permian Basin requested Baker Hughes to provide a real-time drilling performance service due to numerous drill string twist-offs occurring on both…

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Rolling PDC cutter enhances drill bit life in Granite Wash runs

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Recent advances in diamond bonding techniques and manufacturing processes have enabled the industry to produce highly abrasion-resistant polycrystalline diamond cutters…

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Liner hanger systems bump up pressure ratings, load capacities

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, July/August

Following the industry’s path to deeper operations and longer laterals, liner hanger systems are amping up in terms of higher load capacities and higher-pressure ratings. However…

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A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

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Risk-informed decisions allow realization of rigs’ inherent reliability

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Efficient Rig

Drilling rig operation, maintenance and management involves fast turnaround and high-pressure work with critical tasks. These tasks are performed by diversely skilled personnel…

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