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Gallegos: Record-setting AC-drive rigs reduce cycle times, drilling costs

Posted on 27 November 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig

Since 2008, many supermajors, large independents and even NOCs have increased their focus on land…

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Ensco orders fourth ultra-premium, harsh environment jackup of ENSCO 120 series

Posted on 20 November 2013 in News, The Efficient Rig

Ensco has ordered a fourth ultra-premium, harsh environment jackup, the ENSCO 123, for delivery in Q2 2016, the company announced today. This will extend the company’s …

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Natural gas drilling, fracturing moves industry toward self-sustainability

Posted on 09 October 2013 in Exclusive Video, News, September/October, The Efficient Rig

In the next three to five years, 50% to 75% of frac pumps in North America will be powered by natural gas…

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Depalletizing robot automates mud-mixing process

Posted on 24 September 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Efficient Rig

In the movement toward automation, Cameron is helping to develop a depalletizing robot to automate the mud-mixing process…

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Bentec: Holistic considerations ensure value of top drive upgrade

Posted on 24 September 2013 in News, The Efficient Rig

More drilling contractors and operators are taking a holistic approach to equipment installations on existing rigs, such as for top drives…

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Messages from the machine: Maintenance process goes smart

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

It has previously been discussed how to make predictive asset maintenance a reality in the drilling industry (SPE/IADC 128865)…

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Data delivery

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling wells in today’s complex oilfields bears little resemblance to the drilling operations of just a few decades ago. Fast-evolving technology has turned drilling into a sophisticated and scientific undertaking driven by the need for real-time data…

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Turning vision into value

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

When Chesapeake Energy had the opportunity to be one of the first operators to test an automatic drilling system on a rig in Ohio’s promising Utica play earlier this year, the company took a forward-thinking view of what it might mean…

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IT, standards can help aggregate well data for high-level automation

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Automated systems are commonplace in many industries but remain a challenge for the oil industry’s drilling domain…

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Dual-fuel systems power up

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Technology that seamlessly switches between diesel and natural gas– most call it dual fuel – is finally hitting its stride…

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