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Rig mobility on the fast track

Posted on 21 September 2011 in 2011, Features, September/October, The Efficient Rig

Rig manufacturers are expanding the operating and mobility features of the industry’s rigs to a new level of sophistication – the highly or ultra-mobile rig …

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Steel-body PDC bit targets shale drilling

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Many Marcellus operators drill the vertical sections of their horizontal wells using an air rig. Contractors are experienced in this technique, which has proven cost-effective in the northeastern US. When the kickoff point is reached…

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Drilling mud solutions: Cracking the shale code

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

A trend afoot in the world of drilling fluids is further evidence of the importance of shale plays in North America today. Every shale play is not created equal; so it stands to reason that the ideal drilling mud solution needs to match the unique requirements of each play…

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Multilateral completions on rise but still a niche

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Completing the Well, Features, July/August

Have multilateral completions finally come of age? Proven to maximize reservoir production, horizontal multilateral completions have witnessed growth in numbers and in complexity. However, while these completions have become more prevalent over the past decade, hurdles remain to widespread…

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No longer niche: Expandables finally going mainstream

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Since they came onto the scene nearly 15 years ago as the game changers that were going to revolutionize drilling and completions, expandables are finally coming of age…

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Drilling automation: Is resistance futile?

Posted on 06 July 2011 in 2011, Features, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Efficient Rig, Videos

“Automation”: Say the word the right way with the right group of people in drilling circles, and it can almost come off as an obscenity. Drilling is an art, they say, with too many unpredictabilities. How can it be entrusted in the hands of a bunch of machines, computers and algorithms?

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Technology advances push greener side of fracing

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Hydraulic fracturing has been an area of aggressive research and development over the past several years, with operators and service companies introducing a number…

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Shale drilling: a well-oiled machine

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Drilling and completion technologies have helped US shale plays to gain more attention than even a few years ago. Vertical wells used to be the name of the game in some oil-rich areas such as the Niobrara shale in the Denver-Julesberg basin in parts of Colorado,…

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Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. Brian Petty, IADC…

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Despite political strife, rise expected in Middle East drilling

Posted on 04 May 2011 in 2011, Features, May/June

All signs point to drilling activity increasing slightly in the Middle East oil and gas province. While activity was down in 2009 and 2010, contractors, operators and a rig yard in this region are reporting increases…

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