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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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Shales still name of the game on US land. In Gulf of Mexico, uncertainty reigns.

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

In the face of a weak offshore market, continuing low natural gas prices, a higher-than-forecasted supply of gas, and heightened regulations, logic would signal a dismal…

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FCPA compliance: what every contractor needs to know

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, September/October

The Macondo incident has understandably seized our industry’s attention, leaving other developments comparatively unexamined in its vast shadow. One of these developments arose in July…

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Triple-deck shale shaker, mobile processing trucks push solids control capacity, efficiency

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Safety. Environmental footprint. Cost efficiency. In the oil and gas industry’s ever-expanding lexicon, no terms have become as top of mind as these critical watchwords that factor into every decision on every well…

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Despite weak spots, contractors see decent prospects in West Africa offshore Angola, Ghana

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

Despite a general oversupply of offshore rigs globally that is affecting utilization and dayrates in numerous markets, the West Africa region appears to be holding its own with consistent levels of E&P activity…

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Bridging the communications gap in rig automation

Posted on 08 September 2010 in 2010, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, September/October

IADC Drilling Control Systems subcommittee, SPE DSATS group set out to create reference roadmap to achieve full rig automation, define communication protocols needed for downhole, surface integration…

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