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Silver lining in downturn: Drilling equipment availability up

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

One silver lining in the downturn may be that drilling equipment is more available, as manufacturers scramble to fill spare capacity and innovate to get a leg up on the competition.

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Survey: Where will the North American rig count by in September 2010?

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

The North American rig count was up to 1,224 (for the week ending 18 Sept), compared with 2,443 the same week last year and 984 around same time in June. Where do you think the count will be in September 2010?

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DC survey: 53% don't believe in climate change

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

It was a close race, but a slightly greater percentage of you believe that climate change is a hoax (53%) rather than likely or true (47%), according to a reader survey on DrillingContractor.org…

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Carbon Disclosure Project: Transocean among top 50 companies

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

Transocean has been ranked among the world’s top 50 companies in the recently issued Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) 2009 Global 500 Report.
For the second consecutive year, Transocean was featured in CDP’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.” …

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DC exclusive: Interview with PetroVietnam CEO

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

DC editor and publisher Mike Killalea conducts an exclusive interview with Dr Do Van Khanh, CEO of PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services and chairman of the 2010 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference, to be held in Ho Chi Minh City, 1-3 November. …

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Petrobras: Up to 28 rigs to be constructed in Brazil

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

Petrobras announced it has approved the strategy of hiring up to 28 new drilling rigs to be built in Brazil, with increasing national content, for exploration in ultra-deep waters, including of wells located in the pre-salt layer. …

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Through-tubing rotary drilling a success on StatoilHydro's Asgard field

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

A new technology called through tubing rotary drilling (TTRD) is helping StatoilHydro to improve oil recovery from subsea fields, the company said. …

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Denney joins Scorpion as VP operations

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

George Bruce Brumley, vice president operations for Scorpion Offshore, will retire in Q4 2009. He will be succeeded by James Harold Denney, who joined the company on 1 September 2009. …

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Another discovery made in Brazil's ultra-deep Santos Basin

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

Petrobras has announced the finding of another oil and gas field in the pre-salt reservoir of block BM-S-9, in ultra-deep Santos Basin waters. …

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Gas discovery made in UK West of Shetland

Posted on 15 September 2009 in News

DONG Energy has made a natural gas discovery in the Glenlivet license West of Shetland, located close to the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries. …

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