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Bit of best fit

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, July/August, Onshore Advances

When TOTAL E&P UK drilled an exploratory well last year in the remote Tomintoul field, located west of the Shetland Islands, the event marked a milestone in the company’s quest to access the potential reservoir in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean…

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Turning vision into value

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

When Chesapeake Energy had the opportunity to be one of the first operators to test an automatic drilling system on a rig in Ohio’s promising Utica play earlier this year, the company took a forward-thinking view of what it might mean…

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Lateral moves

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Features, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October

A decade ago, the oil and gas industry married horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to create the shale boom that has revolutionized the hydrocarbon landscape in North America and beyond. Since that step-change, operators and service companies have learned important…

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Dual-fuel systems power up

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Technology that seamlessly switches between diesel and natural gas– most call it dual fuel – is finally hitting its stride…

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Big risks, bigger rewards?

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling is a challenging task anywhere you go today, but drilling in the Arctic is exponentially more demanding and costly. To get a sense of what operations are like in an arctic environment, Parker Drilling’s Bryan Collins, VP – Arctic operations, explained a typical day…

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IADC launches Well Control Institute

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Preventing the unwanted release of hydrocarbons is the primary process safety concern at all stages of a well’s life cycle. Proper personnel training is an essential element in that prevention. On the eve of the 2013 IADC Well Control Conference…

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Talent growth

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

The drilling industry needs more competent workers – it needs a lot more of them and needs them urgently. Rig demand is strong in almost every drilling market, and dozens of newbuilds are scheduled to be commissioned over the next several years…

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Depth perception

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The business of finding and producing oil and gas is all about safe and responsible recovery, reliability and return on investment. Nowhere is that mission more important than the world of subsea completions. Today’s subsea completion operations…

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Ship shape

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The world’s offshore rig fleet is getting a makeover. The recovering global economy, healthy commodity prices, a burgeoning ultra-deepwater market and plans to venture into more harsh-environment fields have converged in a perfect storm of newbuild activity…

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Can’t keep the offshore industry down

Posted on 28 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

The global offshore industry is undeniably enjoying another renaissance. Both the deepwater and jackup segments are benefitting from high utilization and climbing dayrates in almost every market around the world, and few doubt this positive outlook will continue…

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