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Mediterranean drilling looks to promising recovery on the horizon

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Mediterranean is a microcosm of how geopolitical and economic events can impact oil and gas recovery…

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SEMS rule marks new beginning in environmental, safety practices

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December, Videos

Facing an impending deadline, companies from all corners of the industry capitalized on an unprecedented opportunity to help themselves reach a shared goal…

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Annual General Meeting Special: IADC 2011– operations summary

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

IADC is coordinating a lobbying strategy in response to US House legislation introduced in September 2011 at the behest of the Jones Act Coalition…

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Annual General Meeting Special: Post-Macondo efforts extensive, ongoing

Posted on 08 November 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

Over the past year, IADC continued to work with regulatory and industry groups from the US and around the world, to get the global drilling industry back on track…

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Biofluids: Combining environmental responsibility, performance

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, September/October

More than 250 types of lubricants are used in daily offshore rig operations in appreciable volumes, including engine oils, hydraulic fluids, thruster fluids …

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Re-inventing subsea intervention to keep economics above water

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, September/October

Ten thousand feet below the platform, a well production tree, with all its pipes, manifolds and production lines, is signaling yet another new frontier in hydrocarbon …

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Australia embarks on coal seam gas, the next E&P frontier Down Under

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

A steady producer of oil and gas in conventional onshore and offshore fields, Australia is looking to new and unconventional resources to chart its future …

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Dual BOPs: When one just isn’t enough

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

On 1 June Rowan Companies announced it had ordered the first two ultra-deepwater drillships in the company’s history, to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. These 12,000-ft capable vessels will each be equipped…

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Rig mobility on the fast track

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

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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Steel-body PDC bit targets shale drilling

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Many Marcellus operators drill the vertical sections of their horizontal wells using an air rig. Contractors are experienced in this technique, which has proven cost-effective in the northeastern US. When the kickoff point is reached…

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