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Downhole automation system helps to reduce cycle times in the Bakken

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To reduce cycle times in the Bakken, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Hess teamed up on a project that deployed NOV’s closed-loop, downhole automation system, Evolve, in 16 wells. This project was the subject of a technical presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 2 March. In this video with DC, NOV Vice President of Dynamic Drilling Solutions Tony Pink explains the results and lessons learned from this project. Mr Pink also shares NOV’s plans to advance the Evolve system.

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Aviation and drilling industries face similar challenges, could implement similar solutions

Frederico Curado, President and CEO of Embraer, outlined some of the challenges shared by the aviation and drilling industries at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth on 2 March.

Like the oil and gas industry, the aviation industry is highly focused on continuously improving the reliability and safety of its equipment. “Both industries are complex in the equipment they operate and the integration of systems, in which there is a requirement of high degree of reliability and availability of the equipment,” Frederico Curado, President and CEO of Embraer, said at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth. Because the two industries share similar challenges – both are capital intensive, highly regulated and highly sensitive to economic swings – they could also deploy similar solutions.

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Industrial internet of things enables industry to optimize assets

The industrial internet of things offers the oil and gas industry cost and safety benefits, Whitney Rockley of McRock Capital said in a presentation at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference on 1 March in Fort Worth.

The world is more connected than ever before, Whitney Rockley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital said at the 2016 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth on 1 March. These connections are enabled by the continued evolution of the internet and digital technologies. In 2015, 18.2 billion things were connected to the internet. That’s up from 10 billion only three years prior. “The way that we process, analyze and communicate information has been and continues to dramatically change the way that we live our lives and how we work,” Ms Rockley said in her presentation. “The good news is that I think the energy industry continues to undergo constant change, and it continues to reinvent itself.”

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US Coast Guard urges offshore industry to take proactive approach to cyber risks

The US Coast Guard is working on several projects to help protect the maritime industry from cyber threats, Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 3 February.

Cyber risks are increasing on a daily basis in the offshore industry. A potential attack could arise from a multitude of vulnerabilities, such as from an employee’s malware-infected USB drive or from an improperly protected internet router. “The threat is unlimited,” Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose with the US Coast Guard (USCG) said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 2 February. “There are statistics out there that people have been hacked for seven to nine months before they find out. That’s pretty staggering when you think about someone walking around your oil rig for seven to nine months before you realize they are not supposed to be there.”

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Subsea Safety System provides electrohydraulic control of subsea safety tree

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Halliburton has released the Dash 3-in. Subsea Safety System for electrohydraulic control of the company’s subsea safety tree. Previously, control was provided through direct hydraulic pressure from the surface. This latest edition to the Dash series employs the speed of electrohydraulic actuation in core safety functions while still providing full direct hydraulic redundant control of all functions. This helps to increase reliability and provide more cost-efficient operation and maintenance.

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Canadian project puts high-horesepower frac pump into the field

The SPM QEM 3000 was designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb road load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Texas-based Weir Oil & Gas has partnered with Canada-based Canyon Services Group to take Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 frac pump to the field. It is the industry’s first high-horsepower frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The pump is projected to reduce total cost of ownership by 17%.

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