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Ultra-deep, shallow-water gas plays drive Gulf of Mexico market for high-spec Rowan jackups

Posted on 30 April 2010 in 2010, Features, May/June

If you’ve compared – or are still comparing – the US Gulf of Mexico to the Dead Sea as a statement on the health of the GOM jackup market, Rowan Companies Inc may just have to beg to differ. As of late…

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Special Event Coverage: 2010 Offshore Technology Conference

Posted on 28 April 2010 in 2010, Features, March/April

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection…

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Mexican, South American fortunes sway with the global tide

Posted on 24 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

Like many oil and gas regions of the world, and the many companies that operate in them, Mexico and many South American countries are not immune to the effects of the global economic downturn…

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Rotary steerables: Cost, reliability still key; higher dogleg capability, downhole motor integration also on asking list

Posted on 23 March 2010 in 2010, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Once upon a time, the land drilling industry dreamed of a rotary steerable system that would replace the downhole mud motor…

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Critical issues in drilling and completions

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Features, January/February

Here is the good news: 2010 is shaping up to be better than 2009. Here is the bad news: It will still be a tough year. Jackup and land rig utilization numbers are coming off bottom but still relatively weak. The deepwater market, which has largely remained immune thus far…

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2010 chairman profile: Louis Raspino, Pride International – Stronger with every step

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” is an old saying that Pride International president, CEO and director Louis Raspino takes to heart. For him, market slumps are actually opportunities to make his company stronger…

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2010 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference: ‘Tomorrow’s Workplace: The Essential Ingredients’

Posted on 04 February 2010 in 2010, Features, January/February

This industry is at a crossroads. With so much technology at our fingertips, companies can design and implement the most innovative tools for drilling…

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Apache: Lower prices make gas projects hard to justify, technology is opportunity to ‘think positively’

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

As a company that prides itself on being “lean and mean” and being able to move fast when the economics of a project line up right, Apache Corp…

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Global jackup market is still soft to terrible. Is there anywhere to go but up?

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

While it’s true that appearances can be deceiving, it’s worth noting that as of early October, drilling activity appeared to be on the rise. Actual increases in drilling activity still ranged from minimal to barely noticeable…

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Industry takes cautious but sure-footed steps toward hands-free drilling, automation

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

When it comes to risk-taking, this industry seems to suffer from a case of multiple personality disorder. On the one hand, it has a tendency to be big gamblers. It’s willing to spend millions or tens of millions of dollars…

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