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Baker Hughes and Aker Solutions form subsea production alliance

Posted on 24 April 2014 in News

Baker Hughes and Aker Solutions have formed an alliance to develop technology for production solutions that will boost output, increase recovery rates and reduce costs for…

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Noble names Steven Manz as Senior VP And CFO of Paragon Offshore

Posted on 22 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Steven A. Manz will serve as Senior VP and CFO of Noble Corp’s spinoff company Paragon Offshore, a standard specification offshore drilling company, Noble announced today…

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Shell makes deepwater gas discovery offshore Malaysia

Posted on 17 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Shell has made an exploration discovery offshore Malaysia in the Rosmari-1 well located 135 km offshore Malaysia in Block SK318. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,123…

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Maersk Drilling takes delivery of ultra-deepwater drillship

Posted on 16 April 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Drilling has taken the delivery of its second drillship, Maersk Valiant from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage toward the…

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Ensco orders new jackups from Lamprell

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Ensco has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141, for delivery in mid-2016 from Lamprell’s shipyard in the United Arab Emirates. The rigs will also…

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MPD/UBD successfully drills sidetrack after 6 failed conventional drilling attempts

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

In the Brookeland Field in East Texas, conventional drilling methods failed in six attempts to drill a “straightforward” horizontal wellbore. The original well had surface casing installed…

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Chevron’s DGD training program serves array of learners across generations

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Since 2008, more than 400 people – from operators, drilling contractors, service companies and regulators – have completed Chevron’s dual-gradient drilling (DGD) training…

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Pacific Drilling integrates ‘disruptive’ DGD technology into 7th-generation drillship

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Completing the Well, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, News

A disruptive technology is one that “gets its start away from the mainstream of a market and, then, as its functionality improves over time, invades the main market,” as defined by Harvard…

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Statoil DGD approach allows option to revert to conventional drilling

Posted on 16 April 2014 in News, Videos

Statoil has two approaches to dual-gradient drilling (DGD): Controlled mud level (CML) overbalanced and CML underbalanced, both with options to revert to conventional drilling at any time..

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Drydocks World to build 450-ft rated CJ 54 jackups

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Drydocks World has signed an agreement with Malta Oil & Gas for the construction of two jackups based on the Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design. The agreement was signed by His…

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