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Shale drilling: a well-oiled machine

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Drilling and completion technologies have helped US shale plays to gain more attention than even a few years ago. Vertical wells used to be the name of the game in some oil-rich areas such as the Niobrara shale in the Denver-Julesberg basin in parts of Colorado,…

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Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. Brian Petty, IADC…

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Despite political strife, rise expected in Middle East drilling

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

All signs point to drilling activity increasing slightly in the Middle East oil and gas province. While activity was down in 2009 and 2010, contractors, operators and a rig yard in this region are reporting increases…

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Technology advances push greener side of fracing/Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Hydraulic fracturing has been an area of aggressive research and development over the past several years, with operators and service companies…

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A year after Macondo: the New World of drilling

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

“Much more stringent regulations and a more lengthy permit time – those are foregone conclusions. That’s part of the new normal … and the new normal won’t look anything like the old normal,” Gary Luquette, president of Chevron North America E&P, said…

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Tide is turning on offshore drilling: Drilling contractors prepare for anticipated rise in activity, dayrates with newbuild orders

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

The tide is turning for offshore drilling. An outlook that six months ago was on a flat-to-downward trajectory is showing what many in the industry believe…

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Sand control case histories: Shape memory polymers, resins, shunt tubes

Posted on 23 March 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

Sand, a familiar adversary for drilling and completion engineers, continues to present a major obstacle to well production. It erodes hardware, blocks tubulars, creates downhole cavities and must be removed and disposed of…

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Minimizing uncertainty: Geosteering advances keep wellbores in sweet spot

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Videos

Deviated, ultra-deep and unconventional have become bywords of the complex and complicated nature of oil and gas drilling today. Underlying this new vernacular is another challenge…

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Brazil: On the straightaway in an energy marathon

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Any casual observer in Brazil could say that, with helicopters transporting modular rigs on land in the Amazon and the huge ultra-deepwater rigs dotting the seascape, it looks as though the country has met with an…

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UBD unlocks pay in North Sea wells

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

This article reviews an offshore underbalanced drilling project in the Danish sector of the North Sea undertaken during summer 2010. Two oil wells were drilled from a jackup, with produced oil and gas transferred to the accompanying…

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