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A long and winding road

Posted on 12 March 2014 in 2014, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

It’s no secret that drilling has taken a whole new direction in the past decade. In reality, it has taken multiple new directions as the industry navigates through increasingly…

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The Latin American puzzle

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The sun is rising on Latin America. With its prolific and varied resources, the region is poised to become a major player on the global hydrocarbon map. While the big story in recent years has been the massive pre-salt discoveries in the deepwater off the coast of Brazil…

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Subsea innovations: Building reliability into complex, high-risk world

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, Features, January/February, The Offshore Frontier

In the high-risk subsea world, innovation has historically been driven by safety, reliability, economics and efficiency. Now operators have added a new watchword to their…

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Competency-driven projects to mark 2014 IADC chairmanship

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

If he hadn’t gone into the drilling industry, Jay Minmier thinks he could’ve made a good career as a coach. “I like working with people. I like mentoring people, and I like coaching people…”

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Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, January/February

In the drilling industry’s continuing journey toward zero incidents, competence has emerged not just as a buzzword but as a pathway to the next safety step-change. “Having a competent, well-trained and credentialed workforce is critical…

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Plenary session to discuss importance of internal resources to develop unconventional gas production

Posted on 24 January 2014 in 2014, Features, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, January/February

Drilling hazards – such as wellbore instability, lost-circulation zones, overpressurized formations – can threaten the economics and…

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Growth beneath the surface

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, Onshore Advances

US onshore rig count fell this year, but the decline in this longtime benchmark belies the sector’s underlying strength. Some analysts say the more telling numbers are well counts, footage drilled and the number of frac stages completed. “There’s been a massive separation between the key activity…

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Safety, versatility drive servicing innovations

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December, Onshore Advances

With an estimated 168 billion bbls of oil in place, the prolific oil sands of Alberta and British Columbia have been a pivotal factor in Canada’s ranking as one of the world’s top oil-rich nations. Abundant with bitumen, with a typical well producing as much as 2,500 bbl/day of oil…

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The rising East

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December

The widely varied Asia Pacific energy market is on the cusp of significant change. From the export market of Australia in the south to the energy-hungry nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Japan, countries are looking to maximize domestic production…

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Staying afloat

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Falling demand and rising supply suggest a potential near-term perfect storm for E&P, but long-term fundamentals remain sound, analysts report. The US continues to see phenomenal growth in raw crude and natural gas liquids production – up by 1.5 million bbls/day year over year…

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