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Nurturing growth in Africa

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Come nightfall, the majority of people in sub-Saharan Africa are left in the dark. Nearly 600 million people – approximately 70% of the sub-Saharan Africa population – are without electricity, according to the World Health Organization and International Energy Agency…

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Downhole shakeup

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Rumblings, from surface to TD, are omnipresent throughout a drilling operation. From long-reach horizontal wells onshore the US to the deepest offshore wells around the world, shock and vibration takes…

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Extreme drilling drives drill pipe innovations

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

Drill pipe, like everything else in well construction, is rapidly evolving to match an ever-expanding operational window. Whether operators are drilling longer laterals in resource plays, launching high-stakes…

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Ensuring reliability, and proving it

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

From reliability-centered maintenance programs to integrated sensors to advanced risk modeling, the drilling industry is dedicating more resources than ever to ensuring the integrity of its assets…

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Rally in the North Sea

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Despite myriad challenges such as rising costs, mature fields and increasingly tougher regulations, the European drilling market continues to exhibit strength in terms of contract backlogs, rig utilization and a general feeling of…

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A fluid situation

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

The complexities of today’s oil and gas reservoirs demand new levels of sophistication for drill fluids, including fluids that improve lubricity and reduce risk and environmental impact…

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Rewards on the offshore horizon

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Navigating the offshore market these days is an uneasy voyage of great expectations balanced by economic reality. As a strong pipeline of deepwater projects and buoyant…

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Back on the upswing

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

Steadily high oil prices – WTI oil continues to hover around $100/bbl – along with expanding opportunities around the world have drilling contractors, operators and analysts…

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Multistage stimulation: One size doesn’t fit all

Posted on 22 April 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, Innovating While Drilling, May/June

All the world’s a stage, except when it comes to unconventionals. This is a world of many stages, upwards of 50 in some regions, where fast-developing technologies, innovative…

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2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference Round-up

Posted on 12 March 2014 in Features

Catch up on everything you may have missed at the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference by following our exclusive coverage of the show…

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