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

Posted on 20 November 2013 in Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

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 Drilling Rigs & Automation, Exclusive Video, News, September/October

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 Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, News

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 Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

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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Turning vision into value

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

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, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

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

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Messages from the machine: Maintenance process goes smart

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

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, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, 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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Dual-fuel systems power up

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

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

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Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Departments, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

Uruguay-based Parden Holding has awarded a contract to Keppel FELS to build a jackup for US $206 million…

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