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Drilling Conference plenary: Frontier challenges depend on perspective

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

Our industry is characterized by its frontier aspects. Yet today there are non-obvious aspects to what are deemed…

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Shell puts resources to work to improve well delivery times, accelerate learning curves

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

The use of optimization engineers and performance-optimizing technologies such as root-cause failure…

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Thorogood receives 2011 SPE Drilling Engineering Award

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

John Thorogood received the 2011 SPE Drilling Engineering Award on 2 March at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam. The award recognizes…

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Low-force shear rams may enhance safety, capabilities of BOPs

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

Frank Springett, vice president of the National Oilwell Varco pressure control group, compared shearing to a black art…

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Advanced wellbore placement techniques may provide long-term benefits in East Africa

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

Although Africa takes up approximately a fifth of the Earth’s landmass and contains approximately 10% of the…

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New composite mat pills target lost-circulation during drilling, cementing

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

Schlumberger launched the Losseal family of reinforced composite mat pills on 2 March at the 2011 SPE/IADC…

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Halliburton shares optimization philosophy via webcast from Drilling Conference

Posted on 03 March 2011 in News

In a live webcast from the exhibit floor of the 2011 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in Amsterdam on 2 March…

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BOEMRE OKs first deepwater drilling permit since Macondo

Posted on 02 March 2011 in News

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved on 28 February the first deepwater drilling…

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Petrobras’ Lage: Defining business target at crux of introducing automation into well construction

Posted on 02 March 2011 in News

When introducing new technology such as automation, it’s critical that not only the physical technologies involved…

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Apache’s Brander: Automation could help address invisible lost time in drilling

Posted on 02 March 2011 in News

Graham Brander, director of worldwide drilling for Apache Corp, used to think that automation is something that…

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