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CT logging service leverages powers of fiber-optic telemetry

Posted on 21 March 2011 in 2011, Features, March/April

Since its inception, coiled tubing (CT) has stimulated innovation because it brings massive hydro-mechanical power to the spot where the work is being done. Innovative minds have developed a myriad of applications for CT…

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2011 IADC chairman: Industry leaders must walk the walk on safety

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

Life takes us to unexpected places. For Matt Ralls, it was a rather circuitous route – including a botched roustabout attempt when he was 18, a decision to major in nuclear engineering rather than petroleum engineering in college…

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2011 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference: Conference theme is ‘Being the best – growing our business’

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, January/February

Plenary sessions to highlight challenges in achieving outstanding performance in a tough business environment. How can an organization and each industry worker achieve outstanding business performance today?

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No slump in sight for Asia Pacific drilling

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia among strong drilling markets keeping utilization, rates stable in this region. As 2011 begins, the Asia Pacific region is experiencing a change in the drilling climate. Deepwater, already driving increased expenditures in 2011, will figure more in exploration activity…

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How to ensure H2S safety on offshore rigs

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Drilling It Safely, Features, January/February

Putting in place OSHA-compliant sour-gas preparedness program demands early, comprehensive planning. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a toxic, flammable and corrosive gas often encountered during hydrocarbon exploration and production. A byproduct of the decay of protein-containing substances…

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

Posted on 28 January 2011 in 2011, Features, January/February

Nearly a year after the blowout on Macondo, the drilling industry is still trying to put the pieces back together in the US Gulf of Mexico. It hasn’t been easy. Despite extensive efforts to show the government that deepwater drilling…

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2011 drilling outlook: 3 analysts, 3 takes

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, November/December

Held by production and joint venture spending in the shale basins have kept the US land rig count higher this year than you might expect, judging from natural gas prices, said James Wicklund, principal at Carlson Capital. But come 2011, industry will have to look to horizontal drilling in oily plays to keep the pace…

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Shell drives down high-potential incidents with global dropped objects prevention campaign

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Safety is always our top priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and no incidents that harm people or put our neighbours or facilities at risk. When we analyzed the biggest risk areas in our wells operations…

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Bahrain, Abu Dhabi gear up for planned expansions; Maersk looks to smart completions for Al Shaheen

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

Higher oil prices are contributing to an environment of stability in the Middle East and, in some areas, operators are seeing an increase…

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Post-Macondo, legislative threats have eased up slightly, but regulatory hurdles still loom large

Posted on 08 November 2010 in 2010, Features, November/December

The deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was lifted by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on 12 October. But is the government truly…

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