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Manufacturers' input sought for IADC training catalog

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 IADC, under the auspices of its Advanced Rig Technology Guidelines Subcommittee, is developing a comprehensive catalog of training available through manufacturers of automated or mechanized rig equipment.

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Sneak preview: IADC Well Servicing Committee calls for renewed focus on derrick integrity

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

Joe Eustace

The global well-servicing industry should renew its focus on mast integrity, IADC Well Servicing Committee chairman Joe Eustace, Pioneer Production Services, writes in an editorial in the upcoming January/February edition of Drilling Contractor.

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Rowan is first to achieve full IADC Competence Assurance accreditation

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 Rowan Drilling UK has become the first drilling contractor company to achieve full accreditation status for IADC’s Competence Assurance Accreditation Program. “Rowan’s competence program is now fully compliant with the accreditation criteria, thanks to the efforts of Jean-Francois Basse, training and competency manager for Rowan, and other Rowan staff,” said Brenda Kelly, IADC director of accreditation and certification.

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W. Matt Ralls named Rowan CEO, president

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

W. Matt Ralls

Rowan Companies announced that, effective 1 January 2009, its board of directors has named W. Matt Ralls as the company’s new president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, succeeding D.F. McNease, who announced his retirement in late October 2008.

“Mr Ralls will be an outstanding leader to Rowan’s already strong management team,” said Rowan director Jack Lentz.

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Fort Hood job fair slated for 4 February

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 The IADC Career Connection (ICC) program will return to Fort Hood on 4 February with a new Returning Military Campaign (RMC) job fair. Twelve IADC member companies are signed up for the event, which again is held in cooperation with ACAP (Army Career Alumni Program).

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Subsea equipment retrofit to boost production offshore Angola

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 A subsea equipment upgrade is expected to increase production in the Lobito Tomboco oilfield off the coast of Angola by 7,000-10,000 bbl/day.

VetcoGray, a GE Oil & Gas business, has signed a $27 million contract with Cabinda Gulf Oil of Angola, a Chevron subsidiary, to retrofit the existing subsea trees in the field, which has been in production since June 2006. The increase in production is expected to occur shortly after the retrofit project is completed in 2009.

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DC readers braced for recession's impact

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 DC readers are guardedly pessimistic regarding the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on their jobs and organizations. 40% foresee slashed budgets and are braced to “do more with less,” in the words of a recent survey on www.DrillingContractor.org. About one in four (24.5%), however, anticipate “minimal or no effect.”

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Atwood Aurora delivered from Texas yard

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 John Irwin (right), president & CEO of Atwood Oceanics, and GS Tan, president & CEO of Keppel AmFELS, congratulate each other on the completion of the Atwood Aurora jackup.

Atwood Oceanics subsidiary Atwood Oceanics Pacific took delivery of its newly constructed LeTourneau SUPER 116E jackup, Atwood Aurora, from Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas in mid-December. The rig will undergo additional final commissioning prior to being loaded on a vessel for transport to offshore Egypt to commence a two-year contract with RWE.

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Thunder Horse production tops 200,000 bbl/day

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 BP announced that it has successfully started production from the third and fourth wells at the Thunder Horse field, with production now in excess of 200,000 bbl/day of oil equivalent, signaling the completion of commissioning and commencement of full operation. BP plans to start up additional production from the Thunder Horse North field in the first half of 2009.

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Did you know? IADC members can use "Member Logo"

Posted on 06 January 2009 in News

 Don’t forget that all IADC members may use the special “Member Logo” in marketing materials, websites and for most other uses. The IADC Member Logo is distinguished from the regular logo by the word “Member” inscribed along the bottom arc of the logo circle.

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