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Innovations drive packers to new stages

Posted on 10 March 2015 in 2015, CurrentFeatures, Features, March/April

How do you push 60 packers into a well? Just a few years ago, that capability was unfathomable. Today, thanks to innovation that is keeping up with the demands of unconventional wells, including tight oil and gas and shales…

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From intervention to innovation

Posted on 10 March 2015 in 2015, CurrentFeatures, Features, March/April

More than 30 years after it emerged onto the oilfield, coiled tubing (CT) is moving beyond its niche, especially in the North American sector. Once primarily limited to well servicing and workover operations, CT is increasingly a planned and integral part of the completion strategy…

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Canadian market cools as weather warms, prices fall

Posted on 10 March 2015 in 2015, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

As frost on the ground gives way to spring thaw and oil prices stay low, Canadian drilling contractors are packing up rigs early in preparation for next winter…

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Middle East wells confirm high build-rate rotary steerable system

Posted on 10 March 2015 in 2015, CurrentFeatures, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Since the late 1990s, rotary steerable systems (RSS) have revolutionized drilling and redefined how far directional drilling can go. Extended-reach drilling, multilaterals and deepwater drilling have been brought up to…

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Multilaterals yield additional production from existing wellbores

Posted on 10 March 2015 in 2015, CurrentFeatures, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

As the price of oil and budgets both continue to fall, the ability to quickly and efficiently increase reserves and production capability at minimal cost becomes an even greater priority for operators around the globe..

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Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions – Exclusive Q&A’s with industry leaders

Posted on 28 January 2015 in 2015, Drilling It Safely, Features, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, Innovating While Drilling, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

The global drilling industry is going through a rough patch. Falling oil prices have put companies on edge, stirring anxieties about what lies ahead in 2015…

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2015 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference Special

Posted on 28 January 2015 in 2015, Features, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

The 2015 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 17-19 March in London, will provide the global drilling industry with an opportunity to meet, network and share ideas that continue to drive technical and business innovations…

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Still sunny, but clouds are brewing

Posted on 28 January 2015 in 2015, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

The Asia Pacific is as vast as it is diverse. With huge gas projects in Australia, a focus on maximizing domestic resources in Indonesia and Malaysia, and new bidding rounds announced in Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines, the region’s long-term outlook is strong…

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Market slump must not derail industry’s progress on people, training

Posted on 27 January 2015 in 2015, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

As the drilling industry heads into a global slowdown, it seems almost inevitable that companies will shift their attention to cost reduction and away from people and training…

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From revolution to evolution

Posted on 27 January 2015 in 2015, Features, January/February

Fracturing – commonly referred to with the slang term “fracking” – has become a household word, propelled by the unconventional boom that has swept across the North American landscape over the past 15 years…

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