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Posted on 30 October 2009

KCA DEUTAG director Claus Chur named Contractor of the Year

IADC has named Claus Chur, KCA DEUTAG director technical services, as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2008 IADC Contractor of the Year,” Mr Chur said in accepting the award. “I am particularly proud of this award, being only the second European to have received it. And I want to take this opportunity to praise IADC president Dr Lee Hunt for developing IADC into a truly international organization.”

The Contractor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award in the drilling industry, and the recipient is selected by IADC’s leadership for career contributions to the association and the drilling industry.

The award, now in its 21st year, is sponsored by ReedHycalog. The company will donate a $7,500 scholarship to the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at the Technical University Clausthal in Germany in Mr Chur’s name.

Mr Chur received his master’s degree in petroleum and drilling engineering from the University of Clausthal in 1979. He then joined a Shell Exxon affiliate as a drilling engineer. In 1985 he was appointed operations manager and later technical director of the German government’s Continental Deep Drilling Programme.

In 1995 Mr Chur joined DEUTAG, where he has since held several management positions. In 2001 he was appointed to the KCA DEUTAG board.

Today, as director technical services, he is responsible for the technical integrity of KCA DEUTAG’s rig fleet and group-wide supply management.

In addition to various positions with industry advisory committees and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Mr Chur served as IADC chairman in 2006. He also is a charter member of the IADC Environmental Policy Advisory Committee.

1st Competence Assurance accreditations awarded

Noble Drilling Land Support and Rowan Drilling UK have become the first drilling contractors to be accredited under IADC’s new Competence Assurance Accreditation Program. Noble’s accreditation applies to 18 skilled rig positions and will affect rig personnel operating in the UK and Europe. Rowan’s accreditation applies to 16 rig positions and the personnel holding these positions who work in Northern European waters.

Both companies were granted conditional accreditation in February 2008, indicating that minor revisions to an existing program are required. The companies have until August 2008 to satisfy minor program deficiencies and fully satisfy the Competence Assurance Accreditation requirements. Three other companies have applied for Competence Assurance Accreditation and are awaiting either application review or scheduling of a site visit to verify conformance with program requirements.

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Event addresses Competency Training Programme

IADC held an industry symposium in late February in Amsterdam to address the development and use of its Offshore Competency Training Programme. The goal was to educate all invited participants about the programme’s global applicability in harmonising training standards for crews on mobile offshore units.

The event covered historical developments in training harmonisation dating from the early 1990s, along with the content, testing and acceptance of the current programme. IADC’s process for assuring the quality of both the training providers and the IADC standard courses that they intend to teach was outlined, along with the proposal for ongoing verification of competence of drilling crews.

Representatives from all sectors of the offshore oil and gas industry in Canada, Europe, Russia and the United States attended the interactive event.

Presentation material from this symposium is available for download on the European Working Group section of IADC’s website.

New IADC Well Servicing Committee holds first meeting to develop mission

The IADC Well Servicing Committee held its first meeting at IADC headquarters in Houston on 10 April, to develop a mission that would better serve the well-servicing segment of the industry. Some 106 of IADC’s 380 contractor member companies report owning or operating well servicing rigs. In total, IADC members operate 2,385 well-servicing units of all types.

The committee determined that IADC expertise in areas such as well control, training and worldwide scope, would benefit the well-servicing industry when applied to the special needs of production rigs. The committee determined that it would work collaboratively with other organizations, including the Association of Energy Servicing Companies.

Charter members attending were:

Matt Hooker, Nabors Well Services;

Erbie Massengill, Rapad Drilling & Well Service;

Nick Petronio, Nabors Well Services;

Greg Shanks, Key Energy Service;

Charlie Swift, Basic Energy Services;

Donald Wilson, Rapad Drilling & Well Service.

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