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Semi mobilization provides lessons on invasive marine species

Posted on 14 May 2009 in News

 Franco dos Santos is deeply involved in relocating the semisubmersible Noble Farrington from West Africa to the Mediterranean and told the IADC Environmental Conference & Exhibition in Stavanger that it has been a steep learning curve.

He said the decision at Noble to take the semi through a full assessment for invasive marine species was both arduous and a wake-up call.

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MAY/JUNE 2009 DRILLING CONTRACTOR NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Posted on 14 May 2009 in News

 The May/June 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 May/June DC explores multiple topics:

  • • Onshore Drilling
  • • Offshore Drilling
  • • Brazil
  • • Completions
  • • Health, Safety and Environment
  • • Technology Showcase

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Noble wins third consecutive MMS SAFE Award

Posted on 14 May 2009 in News

 Noble Drilling Corp was the winner in the Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) drilling contractor category, presented on 7 May by the MMS during OTC in Houston. Additionally, A.J. Guiteau of Diamond Offshore Drilling was the only drilling contractor winner among recipients of the Offshore Leadership Award (OLA).

SAFE recognizes companies for outstanding safety and pollution prevention performance. The selection criteria consist of inspection and incident data and input from MMS district and regional offices.

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Survey: Where does the biggest technology gap lie in deepwater drilling?

Posted on 14 May 2009 in News

  • • Drilling risers
  • • Blowout preventers
  • • MWD/LWD/SWD
  • • Drilling rigs
  • • Real-time data acquisition/interpretation
  • • Pore pressure management
  • • Subsea systems
  • • Other (leave your comments on DC's Forum)

Visit our homepage to complete the survey, or click here.

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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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