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From recovery into growth

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

The state of affairs in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has shifted from recovery mode to a new growth phase, with deepwater activity surpassing pre-Macondo levels. It’s estimated that the moratorium set the GOM back one to two years, but industry has finally achieved a period of bustling activity…

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Global Shale Report: An expanding playground

Posted on 22 May 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June, Onshore Advances

Conventional wisdom has its place, but when it comes to land drilling, the thinking these days has a definite unconventional spin. “Unconventional” includes the vast shale plays that continue to be developed and discovered, not just in North America but also in basins worldwide…

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Cementing: Taking in lessons learned

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April, Onshore Advances

Hydrocarbon production is a risky business, and nowhere is this more evident than in the deepest, darkest waters on the planet, where some of the brightest prospects for the future lie miles beneath the surface. High pressures and temperatures, extended laterals and unstable reservoirs are…

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Harsh environments, extended drilling envelopes steer drill pipe evolution

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

Just as wells have become longer and more complex, drill pipe is not what it used to be. Improved steel grades and connections for conventional pipe, advanced materials for extreme environments, wired drill pipe…

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Latin America: Growth expected across the board

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April, The Offshore Frontier

Picture Latin America as a quilt. In unison, the pieces come together to form a vibrant and vast region, but separately, every patch tells a story all its own. “Each country has different needs and challenges regarding…

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Environment and drilling: It’s not one or the other

Posted on 18 March 2013 in 2013, Features, March/April

Like the path that has been taken to achieve safer operations, industry has come a long way in improving its environmental performance, taking incremental steps that are adding up to significant change…

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Plenary session to explore impact of stakeholders’ growing expectations, heightened public awareness

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

The 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, 5-7 March in Amsterdam, will provide leading industry thinkers…

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Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, January/February

For all the big iron the drilling industry has spent billions of dollars building that can lift millions of pounds and drill miles beneath the earth’s surface, for all the highly sophisticated downhole technologies that can match anything in the aerospace or nuclear industries, much of our efforts are now…

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Deeper waters, LNG prospects gain momentum

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, January/February

Asia Pacific is stepping out of its comfort zone. Long a region with plenty of shallow, easy-to-tap conventional resources, the market has begun a transition, shifting focus to more complex and risky ventures such as deepwater, high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs and…

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2013 IADC chairman David Williams: Safety is not negotiable

Posted on 30 January 2013 in 2013, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, January/February

In life, sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time in order to get to that next step. But a lucky break is never enough; it’s what you do once you get that break…

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