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California says no to offshore Tranquillon Ridge project

Posted on 28 July 2009 in News

Plains E&P’s Tranquillon Ridge project was a no-go after the California State Assembly failed to approve legislation earlier this week that could’ve allowed it to become the state’s first offshore oil lease in decades. …

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Revolutionary two-cone bit to get ASME historical designation

Posted on 28 July 2009 in News

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced today that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will designate the Hughes Christensen two-cone drill bit as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. …

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Industry leaders reach out to next-generation workforce

Posted on 28 July 2009 in News

The Offshore Energy Center hosted the 4th Annual Salute to Interns on 21 July at the House of Blues in downtown Houston. Many energy companies recruit summer interns and maintain contact with them through their college years even in a challenging economic environment. …

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Survey: Do you believe in climate change & that human activities are affecting the Earth's climate?

Posted on 15 July 2009 in News

Click here to take the survey • Yes, scientific facts have undeniably proven that climate change is happening. • It’s likely. There is strong evidence to suggest it. • It’s unlikely. “Evidence” for climate change has been either questionable or disproven. • Absolutely not. The Earth is simply going through natural warming/cooling cycles.Where do you […]

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Baker Hughes, Shell unveil Real-Time Compaction Imaging system

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

A Real-Time Compaction Imaging (RTCI) system has been unveiled that can lead to significant savings in well completions by using fiber optics to monitor sand screen deformations and casing shape in real time. …

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Sneak Preview: Pride Lescar facility underscores company's commitment to training

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

Pride International’s commitment to training runs deep, a company culture in a land where learning runs back through the centuries. In the land where the Marquis de Lafayette, America’s great friend, reportedly trained, Pride International tore down its decades-old training center and there, like the proverbial Phoenix, arose a new and better facility. …

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IADC ISP: LTI rate down but fatalities up in 2008

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

The global drilling industry pushed its lost-time incident (LTI) rate to a record low of 0.49 despite the number of fatalities increasing from 23 in 2007 to 32 in 2008, according to the latest IADC Incident Statistics Program (ISP) summary. …

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Seadrill semi commences operations offshore Brazil

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

Seadrill’s ultra-deepwater semisubmersible West Eminence has commenced drilling operations for Petrobras in Brazil. The rig was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea in March this year. …

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DC surveys show more workers losing jobs, doing more with less

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

People are still trying to do more with less, but layoffs have become a reality for a greater percentage of the drilling industry workforce, according to results from two online surveys conducted on www.DrillingContractor.org, in December 2008/January 2009 and June/July 2009. …

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Sneak Preview: Bandera pushes land rig design to next level

Posted on 14 July 2009 in News

Drilling Contractor recently made a visit to Breckenridge, Texas, to tour Bandera Drilling’s Rig 9, a new-generation design unit that incorporates innovative automation technologies to keep crew members out of harm’s way. …

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