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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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Refining the grip on nature’s fine grains

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June

Drawing on proven methods and technologies, the latest developments in the realm of sand control strategically capitalize on and enhance what is known to work…

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The water challenge

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June

As hydraulic fracturing enters a new phase in the current shale boom, the industry has learned a thing or two about the process, not the least of which is that it makes both economic and environmental sense to include the three R’s – reuse, recycle and reclaim – as part of the equation…

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Navigating safe waters

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Booming markets in West Africa, Brazil and areas of Asia Pacific are putting a bullish spin on the overall offshore outlook, with rising utilization and dayrates in all sectors, including shallow- and mid-water, deepwater and ultra-deepwater…

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Global deepwater exploration sustains strong rig activity

Posted on 24 April 2012 in 2012, Features, May/June, The Offshore Frontier

Two years have passed since the twin Montara and Macondo blowouts. While Macondo obviously disrupted US Gulf of Mexico drilling in all water depths, deepwater exploration and rig activity remained robust elsewhere…

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People, infrastructure challenge Brazil growth

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Global and Regional Markets, March/April

The offshore drilling industry has seen exponential activity growth in Brazil, and it’s all about deepwater and the pre-salt. In particularly high demand is rig equipment that can go deeper…

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