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Shell pushes for more testing of rotating control devices

Posted on 04 March 2011 in Drilling It Safely, Drilling Rigs & Automation, News

“I think there’s going to be a lot of testing and a new wave of development of rotating control heads,” David Elliott of Shell said during a presentation at the…

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To get better at getting better: Industry leaders discuss leadership, reliability, personal/process safety

Posted on 04 March 2011 in News

Does the industry need to get better at getting better? The answer, according to panelists at the 3 March plenary…

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Stick-slip mitigation workshop results presented at Drilling Conference

Posted on 04 March 2011 in News

An IADC workshop dedicated to stick-slip mitigation concluded that there is no single silver bullet among…

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Offshore California well pushes extended-reach drilling capabilities

Posted on 04 March 2011 in News

About 20 miles from the ecologically sensitive Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary offshore California are three oil and gas fields…

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Case history: Rapid-setting fluid technology successfully applied in deepwater

Posted on 04 March 2011 in News

A heat-activated, rigid rapid fluid treatment was used to return full circulation and successfully increase the…

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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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