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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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CT finds niches in data retrieval, plug drill-out

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, March/April, The Efficient Rig

As one of the oilfield’s most flexible and versatile workhorses, coiled tubing continues to push the technology envelope with new applications in more sophisticated operations…

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Preserving our license to drill – IADC president Stephen Colville is ready to take the association to the next level

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, March/April, Videos

Preserving the energy industry’s license to operate in an era of increasing tendency toward much tighter regulations and perhaps unnecessary…

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Outsmarting Mother Nature

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Features, Innovating While Drilling, March/April

The oil and gas industry has conquered many a force of nature in its history, but management of wellbore pressures remains among the trickiest challenges still being confronted on a daily basis in drilling operations around the world. From increasingly depleted land and offshore fields to the growing number…

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What the shales have taught us

Posted on 15 March 2012 in 2012, Completing the Well, Features, March/April

When the industry cracked the code on shales, it unlocked a wealth of unconventional resources, introduced new methods of drilling and completions, and made “fracturing” a household word. Technology sparked the shale boom that began a decade ago in the dry gas reservoirs of the Barnett play…

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Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions – Exclusive Q&A’s with industry leaders

Posted on 01 February 2012 in 2012, Features, January/February

The drilling industry is built on people, and we’re running short. Despite ongoing recruitment efforts around the world, as well as accelerated training programs in place, we know we can’t undo…

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