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Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Departments, September/October

Petrobras confirmed in August the presence of quality oil and gas in the BM-SEAL-10 block, in ultra-deepwaters in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. The block is part of the SEAL-M-499 concession…

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Departments, September/October

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) completed the first full-scale deployment of critical well control equipment over the summer..

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DEA 164: What does a next-gen ranging MWD look like?

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

The Drilling Engineering Association (DEA) continues to serve the industry as a key forum for learning about cutting-edge technologies and for forging alliances through joint…

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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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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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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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