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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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IADC: Connecting the world’s drilling community

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

2013 has been an incredibly busy and productive year for IADC, and it is only the beginning. As our positive momentum propels us into 2014…

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2013 operational summary: New IADC is well under way

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

In 2013, the Operational Integrity Group devoted time and expertise to promoting the interests of IADC members by addressing and participating in…

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Setting industry standards

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, November/December

The IADC Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) project is nearing completion. With a database comprising core competencies for more than 70 rig-based positions, the IADC KSAs provide a tool for the industry to demonstrate their personnel’s qualifications…

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Integrating learning, operations

Posted on 29 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Features, November/December

Noble Corporation has launched a new facility in Sugar Land, Texas, that offers state-of-the-art simulator and classroom training, as well as space…

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Data delivery

Posted on 10 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling wells in today’s complex oilfields bears little resemblance to the drilling operations of just a few decades ago. Fast-evolving technology has turned drilling into a sophisticated and scientific undertaking driven by the need for real-time data…

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