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Rig mobility on the fast track

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Features, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Rig manufacturers are expanding the operating and mobility features of the industry’s rigs to a new level of sophistication – the highly or ultra-mobile rig …

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HIL merges risk-free testing, virtual drilling

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The devil is in the details. For today’s state-of-the-art rigs and increasingly automated drilling equipment, that translates to the software…

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Shedding light on electrical simplicity

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Simpler power distribution systems are being cited as the reason for a reduction in blackout scenarios aboard deepwater rigs. Isolated at sea, deepwater drillships …

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From islands to clouds: the data evolution

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

As rig mechanization and automation become more demanding and complex, it is vital that existing and prospective communication technologies …

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Maintenance history materializes with RFID

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has become a key ingredient to increase reliability in the drilling industry. It is one of the only industries where RFID …

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Coriolis sensors open lines to real-time data

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Coriolis mass flow sensors are increasingly being used by drilling operators to measure drilling fluid density and flow-rate parameters in real time…

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A slimmer silhouette for drillships, semis

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The trends for highly mobile deepwater drilling are rigs suitable for ultra-deepwater, with complex geology and high pressures, which means numerous casing strings …

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Modified cement head cuts rig-up time, risks

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Integration of a remote-controlled rotating and hoisting cement head with top drive casing-running operations is cutting time between casing-running and cementing…

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NOV to deliver $1.5 billion in drillship equipment packages to Brazil

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Brazil’s Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) recently signed seven contracts worth…

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Pacific Scirocco undergoes modifications for engine reliability

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Scirocco has mobilized to a quayside in South Africa to undergo upgrades and modifications to ensure reliability prior to…

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