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Wood and IBM collaborate to transform asset life cycle management


Wood and IBM have announced they have entered into an agreement to conceive and offer compelling new digital products and services that will advance operational efficiencies for customers in industrial and energy markets. This multi-year agreement combines Wood’s engineering innovation and industry expertise with IBM’s advanced market leading technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and analytics...

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ABB to provide digital automation and safety for new Statoil offshore project


ABB announced that it will provide integrated ABB Ability automation and safety systems to Statoil’s new Johan Castberg oilfield development project in Norway. ABB’s solutions and services will help to reduce the CAPEX for the project significantly. Integrated control, safety and communication will be key to the successful operation of this new field...

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Condition monitoring system under development to predict wellbore seal failures


Often, operators aren’t aware that a wellbore seal needs to be replaced until a leak or loss of pressure occurs. AFGlobal is developing and testing a condition monitoring program for seals in an active wellbore sealing device to determine when a seal is nearing the end of its useful life before any leaks or pressure losses occur, leaving hours to spare before a change is required...

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Operators, contractors must work together to define MPD-readiness, boost adoption of MPD


Over the years, operators have increasingly turned to managed pressure drilling (MPD) not only to manage narrow pressure windows but also to enhance kick detection and save rig time. During this downturn, in order to stand out from the competition, drilling contractors began outfitting more of their rigs with the equipment needed for MPD, Ben Pomford, Head of Drilling Solutions for Maersk Drilling, said at the 2018 SPE/IADC Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations Conference in New Orleans on 17 April. In this interview with DC at the conference, he explains that while there’s an eagerness to make rigs MPD-ready, there’s also a lack of consensus on what exactly “MPD-ready” means. He also discusses how operators and contractors can come together through groups like the IADC UBO/MPD Committee to harmonize conflicting viewpoints on what constitutes MPD-ready and further drive MPD adoption...

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Noble Drilling looks to ‘traveling MPD package’ to prepare multiple rigs for MPD


Operators are increasingly looking to their drilling contractors to supply the bulk or entirety of a drilling rig’s managed pressure drilling (MPD) package. However, outfitting a rig – much less a whole fleet – with such equipment can be cost prohibitive, especially in the current dayrate environment, Jason Custer, Mechanical Engineer at Noble Drilling, said at the 2018 SPE/IADC Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations Conference in New Orleans, La., on 17 April. Other challenges Noble is addressing include training the rig crew to operate and maintain MPD equipment, as well as managing additional third-party personnel on the rig...

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Planning, temporary mitigation critical for industry to effectively comply with revised API standards

Traceability is a key theme across API 16A, 16AR and 20E, but wear and corrosion can often make bolted connections untraceable.

Over the past 18 months, there have been several revisions to the guidance, specifications and standards released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) relating to BOP and well control equipment (WCE). Previous industry incidents and issues prompted these revisions, as well as a more holistic approach to the design, inspection and traceability of this safety and environmentally critical equipment...

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Roles, scope of real-time operating centers, support technicians evolve within modern drilling ecosystem

The need for increased competency among support personnel has expanded in recent years, along with the scope of real-time operations centers. Pictured is Canrig’s Houston training center.

The wider use of robotics, remote controls, real-time remote monitoring systems, artificial intelligence and other techniques are setting new standards of performance. The culmination of these engineering and technological efforts have yielded highly efficient, advanced-technology rigs. However, how should we develop and manage the support systems to leverage this modern drilling technology? Do we have the people, processes, tools and infrastructure needed to successfully apply these technologies?...

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Diamond Offshore launches cybernetic BOP service


Diamond Offshore Drilling announced the launch of its Sim-Stack service, the offshore drilling industry's first cybernetic BOP service enabling Diamond Offshore to continuously and accurately assess BOP status. When issues arise, the Sim-Stack service immediately determines a proper course of action while providing a third party statement of fact to the operator, BSEE and other regulatory bodies...

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