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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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Noble Energy CEO Davidson to retire, Stover to be named successor

Posted on 16 April 2014 in News

Charles D. Davidson, Chairman and CEO of Noble Energy, plans to retire 1 May 2015 and will leave the board of directors at that time, the company announced Tuesday. Mr Davidson…

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IADC UBO/MPD Committee developing operating guidelines for different types of MPD

Posted on 16 April 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

One of the most significant initiatives being undertaken by the IADC Underbalanced Operations and Managed Pressure Drilling (UBO/MPD) Committee is to develop operating…

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Chevron’s deepwater assets highlight value of dual-gradient drilling

Posted on 15 April 2014 in News, Videos

The “un-drillable” is becoming drillable by using dual-gradient drilling (DGD) to remove the impact of water depth. Dale Straub, Senior Drilling Advisor at Chevron, discussed…

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KCA Deutag awarded its first Canadian contract for Hebron Project

Posted on 14 April 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

KCA Deutag has entered into the offshore Canadian drilling sector following the award of its first contract in Canada with ExxonMobil Canada Properties. KCA Deutag was awarded…

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