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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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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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