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IADC Nigeria Chapter advances multiple initiatives on equipment, competency

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Rebound of activities in the drilling sector in Nigeria only just beginning, and drilling contractors must face increasing challenges around equipment maintenance, workforce competency and regulatory control. Ote Enaibe, Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, said the group has several ongoing initiatives to help its members address these challenges. These include partnering with educational institutions on drilling and completion curriculums and with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on skills acquisitions programs. In this video, Mr Enaibe also discusses the chapter’s collaboration with OEMs, as well as its continuing work to help members achieve nonproductive time by 20% by 2020. Watch the video to find out more...

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Nationalization, efficiency go hand in hand for West Jupiter in Nigeria

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Seadrill’s West Jupiter had a crew that was 49% Nigerian nationals when the drillship started its contract with Total more than three years ago. Since then, the rig has continued to advance its nationalization efforts and now boasts a crew that is 71% Nigerian nationals and 29% expats. At the same time, the rig’s high level of performance has saved nearly 400 days against AFE, said Benjamin Schumacher, Operations Director for Seadrill. Watch DC’s video with Mr Schumacher from the 2018 IADC Drilling Africa Conference on 21 February in Lisbon to find out more about how the drilling contractor balanced its commitment to local content and a performance focus...

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Tullow’s rig-based charity initiative delivers new school complex in Ghana village

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The Ghana Drillers Charity began under a quarterly EHS plan devised by Tullow Oil to improve safety on its contracted rigs in Ghana. It allowed individual employees to donate cash bonuses earned under the EHS plan to benefit a primary school in a small fishing village in far west Ghana called Ahobre. After initial donations covering basic needs such as exercise books, pens and pencils for the students, the charity stepped up its work and decided to build a new school complex. After breaking ground on 27 January in 2016, the complex – which included six classrooms in two blocks, three outdoor teaching areas, two playgrounds, two bathroom facilities and one kitchen – was handed over to the school on 25 January 2017. Watch DC’s video with Chris Roos, Well Engineering Manager for Tullow, to find out more about this project...

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GE, Noble Corp launch world’s first digital drilling vessel

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Following the partnership formed by GE and Noble Corporation, the two companies launched the world’s first digital drilling vessel, targeted to achieve 20% operational expenditure reduction across the targeted equipment and improve drilling efficiency. This is a concrete step forward to unlock the immense potential of digital solutions for offshore drilling operations...

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Paragon announces agreement to be acquired by Borr Drilling

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Paragon Offshore announced that it has signed a tender offer agreement with Borr Drilling, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of Bermuda and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, pursuant to which, on the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, Borr has agreed to commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company at a purchase price of $42.28 per share...

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Halliburton facilities, business lines first in Angola to achieve API Q2 registration

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Halliburton announced that its Angolan facilities, Luanda – SONILS base, which incorporates the Cabinda – Malembo base and Soyo – Kwanda base facilities, and all of the company’s product service lines in those locations have received the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q2 Registration. The facilities are the first in Angola to receive this registration, an advanced industry quality standard for oil and natural gas service companies...

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IOGP publishes updated version of the guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys

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The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) has published an update to the Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys, reflecting feedback on the original document from regulators around the world, IOGP member companies, contractors, verification bodies and consultants...

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