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Deep Gulf of Mexico completions push equipment to their limits – and maybe beyond

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Features, September/October

As the Region moves into production phase, operators are taking careful steps to find and fill equipment gaps.

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Kuwait, Oman boost Middle East drilling activity with deep drilling, steam flood projects

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

While the Middle East region hasn’t been affected by the global financial crisis as much as other areas, it still is not immune to downturns in the oil and gas…

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Market is way down, but North Sea companies are already warming up for the rebound

Posted on 03 July 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

A year ago, with oil prices headed towards $150 a barrel, upstream petroleum appeared to be bucking the slide toward global recession that basically started…

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Riser, subsea innovations push technical capabilities to new heights, but the work is never finished

Posted on 03 July 2009 in 2009, Features, July/August

When it comes to innovation, this industry is always hungry for more: deeper, faster, higher pressure, higher temperature, stronger, cheaper, smaller…

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Innovations filling in technology gaps in deepwater Gulf of Mexico completions

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, Features, May/June

With its wealth of resources, the Gulf of Mexico holds great promise for oil and gas operators as they push the envelope to tap deeply buried hydrocarbons. But those deep…

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In Gulf of Mexico, deepwater and Shelf markets face disparate futures

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Features, May/June

The disparity between the US Gulf of Mexico Shelf and deepwater rig markets continues to widen. Earlier this year, the jackup market reached its lowest level in 33 years…

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US Land drillers wait out the painful market slump, hopeful of strong recovery

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Features, May/June

It’s certainly no secret that US land drillers aren’t having a great year. There are a lot of bad news out there – natural gas prices down to around $3/Mcf…

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Innovations in MWD/LWD and drill pipe technologies address key operator concerns and needs, put previously impossible wells into reach

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Operators ask for a lot in their logging-while-drilling (LWD) and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools. And why shouldn’t they, considering the sizable chunks these services can chew off of a budget?

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Plenary sessions tackle event theme of ‘Total Value Drilling: Right People, Right Process, Right Technology’

Posted on 17 January 2009 in 2009, Features, January/February

Personnel is a tough issue these days. On the one hand, we know that competent and qualified workers are the heart of any business. This industry understands it has a generation gap in the workforce and has put serious money to recruit and train the next generation…

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DC talks with industry experts on the challenges ahead

Posted on 17 January 2009 in 2009, Features, January/February

The drilling industry was dramatically different – almost melodramatically, you might say – when Drilling Contractor spoke with industry leaders a year ago for our “Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions” feature…

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