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Industry delves deeper into African frontier

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

On the world map, Africa commands a grand presence, with more than 50 countries that straddle a multitude of climates, terrains and cultures. Into the continent’s vast lands and open waters, the drilling industry continues cautiously to navigate and integrate its activity…

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Automation: On the cusp of transformation

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Features, September/October, The Efficient Rig

After decades of discussion and debate, the industry has reached a tipping point, standing at the brink of what may become the biggest and most sweeping change it has ever faced – automation. No longer a pie-in-the-sky idea, drilling automation is fast becoming reality…

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Northward ho!

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, Videos

Less than a decade ago, Williston, North Dakota, was a mere dot on a map in a state associated with long, cold winters and the movie “Fargo.” Today, the town sits at the epicenter of the biggest oil boom to hit the Lower 48 in recent history. Thanks to significant oil production in the Williston Basin’s…

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New bits look beyond design at overall wellbore

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

In the wellbore, drill bits lead the way through formations to achieve longer wells more efficiently and quickly. The latest developments in drill bits share a common goal: optimize bit performance in the wellbore to save time and money…

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Industry maps smarter way to build wellbores

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Fifteen years after the first intelligent well system (IWS) was installed in Norway, the application is finally stepping out of its high-end niche and gaining broad recognition as the game-changer it was designed to be…

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Raising the bar for global safety, competency

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC has kicked off an ambitious project to develop worldwide competency guidelines for virtually all rig positions, with a priority on safety-critical positions with well control responsibilities. The guidelines, to be built upon IADC’s Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) templates, aim to provide tools…

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HPHT research heats up

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

BP’s Project 20K among industry initiatives to push technologies beyond 20,000 psi, 400°F. What will production in subsea, ultra-deepwater fields look like in 10 years? That’s the multi-billion-dollar question as industry attempts to chart a course for those high stakes-arenas…

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Offshore Europe: E&P revival drives rig demand

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Despite the financial hardships rippling through the European economy, operators and drilling contractors continue to thrive in a reinvigorated offshore European drilling market that is supported by continued high oil prices and buoyed by new discoveries on old fields…

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Euro-shales: Opposition mounts

Posted on 16 July 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, Onshore Advances

A year ago, an article in the July/August 2011 issue of Drilling Contractor stated that the journey to achieving commercial shale gas production in Europe would be a slow one. Over the past 12 months or so, that journey has arguably gotten even slower…

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The great migration to wet plays

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, May/June

The paradigm has shifted. US land rigs that just two years ago were at work in prolific shale gas plays are on the move, delivering an oil and liquids boom that has yet to be fully quantified…

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