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BOP testing facility focuses on robustness, reliability of components

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

As the industry continues to place new rigs into the market, the rippling effects on demand for BOPs and improved BOP technologies parallel the upward trend…

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Industry delves deeper into African frontier

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

On the world map, Africa commands a grand presence, with more than 50 countries that straddle a multitude of climates, terrains and cultures. Into the continent’s vast lands and open waters, the drilling industry continues cautiously to navigate and integrate its activity…

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Hydraulic tensioning takes variance out of BOP installations

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Exclusive Video, September/October, Videos

Using such conventional methods to make flange connections in the field, especially to BOP installations, can be prone to safety risks – pinch points for fingers and hands, swinging hammers…

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Automated rig built to enable operator’s ‘hands off’ philosophy

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

n the early 20th century, automation was not widely used in industrial work. This changed in 1947 when General Motors established an automation department…

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‘Rich-burn’ engines look to power land rigs with reduced emissions

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked record supplies of natural gas in North America, pushing prices to a 10-year low and cutting profits for gas…

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Automation: On the cusp of transformation

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

After decades of discussion and debate, the industry has reached a tipping point, standing at the brink of what may become the biggest and most sweeping change it has ever faced – automation. No longer a pie-in-the-sky idea, drilling automation is fast becoming reality…

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Upgrades extend drilling capabilities of Beryl platform rigs

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

The Beryl field, located about 200 miles northeast of Aberdeen, is located in a water depth of 390 ft. Its discovery in 1972 led to the installation of the Beryl Alpha platform…

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Northward ho!

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Less than a decade ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a mere dot on a map in a state associated with long, cold winters and the movie “Fargo.” Today, the town sits at the epicenter of the biggest oil boom to hit the Lower 48 in recent history. Thanks to significant oil production in the Williston Basin’s…

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How to learn from our past: Debunking 6 myths of process safety

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, September/October

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the level we were when we created them,” said Albert Einstein. And yet, we continue to do the same things over and over again…

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UK HSE guide targets drill floor machinery, tubular handling safety

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, September/October

The implementation of remotely controlled equipment on the drill floor is often portrayed as one phase in an inexorable drive to the ultimate goal of automated…

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