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Line management accountability key to leading behavioural change

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 NDC works closely with client ADMA-OPCO to define and understand roles and accountability of key positions like drilling supervisor and rig manager.

Dupont didn’t like it when its dynamite factories blew up. Hurt people. Bad for business. Then they came up with a breakthrough: They ordered each plant’s manager and his family to move into the plants. Guess what? The explosions stopped.

So goes the story of Dupont some two centuries ago, related by Eamon Gorman, director-well engineering and logistics, Petroleum Development Oman, serving as moderator for the panel discussion “Leading Behavioural Change” at IADC Drilling HSE Middle East on 21 April in Abu Dhabi. Saudi Aramco was the platinum sponsor for IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2009.

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IADC chairman: Industry will move forward to build environmental culture; long-term outlook strong

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 IADC chairman Claus Hemmingsen presents Ali H Al-Ghamdi with a gift in appreciation of Mr Al-Ghamdi’s service as chairman of the IADC Northern Arabian Gulf Chapter.

The drilling industry can develop an environmental culture to match its “extraordinary” safety culture, and this will happen over the next couple of years, said IADC chairman Claus Hemmingsen, speaking 21 April at IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2009 in Abu Dhabi.

“I am confident that over the next couple of years, with the programs that are contemplated, we will see an environmental culture that will match the already-existing safety culture,” Mr Hemmingsen remarked.

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Three HSE management case studies produce improvements

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 Three case studies in HSE management produced real change in performance, with strong and committed safety leadership from top management one major thread common to all stories.

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DC survey reveals industry optimism

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 A survey by DrillingContractor.org finds an astonishing level of optimism among its readers. Fully 83% of respondents believe that recovery in drilling will occur by 2010, or even 2009. The remaining 17% adopt a far more cautious stance, believing recovery is nowhere in sight (5%) or will remain elusive throughout 2010.

But how much value can be attached to these forecasts?

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Qatar Gas to hold first meeting of IADC HSE Roundtable

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 Qatar Gas will host the inaugural meeting of the IADC Middle East Roundtable, announced IADC regional vice president – Middle East & Africa Ken Fischer, speaking at IADC Drilling HSE Middle East 2009 on 22 April in Abu Dhabi.

The date remains to be set.

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New land rig design features multiple well centers

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 The NOV SPRED Rig

To address the economic viability of unconventional assets, National Oilwell Varco is launching its new SPRED Rig – which the company believes may enable a three- to four-time reduction in the time needed to drill batch wells. The design features multiple well centers with movable function-specific tools that travel from well center to well center to perform specific operations.

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IADC adds Asia operations unit

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 Chit Hlaing, IADC Operations, Asia

IADC has opened a regional operations office in Bangkok, Thailand, staffed by Chit Hlaing, IADC’s new operations assistant – Asia operations. Mr Hlaing will serve IADC members and support association activities throughout Asia. Among his responsibilities will be coordinating operational functions, promoting accreditation programs and membership, and supporting conferences and chapters in the region.

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Aker Solutions ready to field-test bidirectional tractor

Posted on 23 April 2009 in News

 The PowerTrac Advance 434 Open Hole Tractor

Aker Solutions is very close to identifying a test well and operator for the first field trials of what it calls the world’s first bidirectional tractor. The company planned to test the tractor onshore by early May.

The PowerTrac Advance 434 Open Hole Tractor’s bidirectional capability means the tool can push heavier open tools into the well and help retrieve tools by reversing the tool, according to the company.

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March/April 2009 Drilling Contractor now available online!

Posted on 07 April 2009 in News

 The March/April 2009 edition of Drilling Contractor, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to drilling and completion, is now available online. The online edition offers exclusive web features not available in the print version.

Now available for download in both PDF and HTML formats.

The March/April DC explores multiple topics:

  • • Innovating While Drilling
  • • Well Intervention
  • • Completions
  • • Drill Bits
  • • Health, Safety and Environment
  • • Asset Integrity
  • • Well Control

Click here to view the latest issue!

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IADC backs industry fight against tax increases

Posted on 07 April 2009 in News

 It’s a simple equation: Increased taxes = less investment = less production. Which is why IADC is working, through its alliance with industry groups like API and IPAA, to oppose a budget request by the Obama Administration that would essentially repeal Bush-era tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. This could mean a $30 billion-plus tax increase on American energy producers, most of whom are small businesses.

According to the IPAA, US independent producers develop 90% of US wells and produce 82% of the country’s natural gas and 68% of oil. Increasing taxes on these companies would strip essential capital from new investments, therefore reducing production. And because oil and gas royalties already account for the second-largest income source for the US Treasury, less production would also result in less income for federal and state governments.

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