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Solids control seeks balance of size, capacity

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

The technologies that are taking hydrocarbon recovery into new frontiers are rippling through the industry, surface to downhole. When it comes to solids control, effects are being felt from faster, more efficient rigs; intense, pad drilling campaigns; improved fluid designs; and dual-gradient drilling…

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Recipes for success

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, CurrentFeatures, Features, September/October

Just as no two reservoirs are alike, completion fluids are formation-specific concoctions engineered to provide the proper degree of density and flow characteristics that enable production…

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Drilling the distance

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

The drill site has physically evolved with the advent of horizontal drilling and multiwell pads. No longer is a rig confined to drilling a single well before having to rig down, move to another location and rig up again…

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Human factors: the next safety frontier

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Features, September/October

The average adult brain weighs only 3 lb and measures just 15 cm long. But an astonishing level of complexity is contained within that belies its physical size…

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Nurturing growth in Africa

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Come nightfall, the majority of people in sub-Saharan Africa are left in the dark. Nearly 600 million people – approximately 70% of the sub-Saharan Africa population – are without electricity, according to the World Health Organization and International Energy Agency…

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Downhole shakeup

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Rumblings, from surface to TD, are omnipresent throughout a drilling operation. From long-reach horizontal wells onshore the US to the deepest offshore wells around the world, shock and vibration takes…

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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

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Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Rally in the North Sea

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Despite myriad challenges such as rising costs, mature fields and increasingly tougher regulations, the European drilling market continues to exhibit strength in terms of contract backlogs, rig utilization and a general feeling of…

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