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Advanced Rig Technology Committee work groups meet, elect officers

Posted on 14 July 2008 in News

IADC ART CommitteeSubcommittees of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee met during the first two weeks of July, took a hard look at the issues surrounding rig automation, now and in the future, and chose leadership to chart the committee’s direction.

The Software Interface Subcommittee, meeting on 1 July, sought answers to pursue a “lofty goal” of barrier-free, standard electrical interfaces among all systems on drilling/production facilities, preferably with browser based-diagnostic tools. However, this level of harmony may prove unreachable.

Therefore, the group began with a more practical effort – to survey the needs of contractors and operators.

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Personnel, equipment supply challenge industry in time of growth

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

Claus ChurClaus Chur 

There’s no doubt that the drilling industry is growing. And although growth is good, it also comes with myriad challenges, said KCA DEUTAG director of technical services Claus Chur in his keynote address on the closing day of the IADC World Drilling 2008 Conference in Berlin.

Mr Chur, who served as the 2006 IADC chairman, referred to the keynote presentation given the day before by Professor Dr Kurt Reinicke of the Clausthal University of Technology Institute of Petroleum Engineering. Dr Reinicke had pointed out that demand for energy will continue to increase worldwide, and the majority of that demand must be supplied by oil and natural gas in the near future.

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Petroleum Development Oman makes RSS work in low-cost environment

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

Although hydrocarbon basins in Oman are located in the desert, where rig rates and spread costs are typically low, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has been able to make use of rotary steerable systems (RSS) in niche applications, said Moataz Riyami, well engineering delivery team leader for the thermal cluster at PDO, during a presentation at the IADC World Drilling 2008 Conference.

Rotary steerables can drill both straight and curved sections while rotating, unlike drilling motors, which have to be slid when drilling a curve. The elimination of sliding can solve many problems:

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North Sea Chapter announces annual safety award winners

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

NDC Safety AwardsBack row from left are: Peter de Bruijne, Sam Croft, Steve Coghill, all of Noble Drilling; news presenter Jackie Bird; Donald MacFarlane of NOV Brandt; and Roger Hodgson of KCA DEUTAG. Front row from left are Gert-Jan Windhorst of Noble; Gavin Sutherland and Jim Cameron of KCA DEUTAG; Russell Robertson of Transocean; Clement Ejebu of Stena Drilling; and Ivor McBean of Diamond Offshore. 

IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) chairman Steve Rae of Seawell announced winners of the 2008 IADC NSC Safety Awards at the group’s annual dinner in Aberdeen on 16 May. Nearly 400 IADC members and guests attended.

Performance awards were presented for jackups, semisubmersibles and platforms based on safety statistics for 2007. Noble Drilling won in the jackup category, with Rowan Drilling as runner-up. Noble also won in the platform category, with KCA DEUTAG as runner-up. The semisubmersibles award went to Stena Drilling, with Diamond Offshore as the runner-up.

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IADC Career Connection holds Returning Military Campaign job fair

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

Fort Hood ICCTen drilling contractor companies participated in IADC’s second Returning Military Campaign job fair at Fort Hood, Texas, in May. 

IADC Career Connection (ICC) held its second Returning Military Campaign (RMC) Job Fair at Fort Hood, Texas, on 14 May. It was held in conjunction with the Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP) Semi-Annual Job Fair, which attracted 170 companies from across the US. Ten IADC member companies participated: Bandera Drilling, Chesapeake, ENSCO, Grey Wolf Drilling, Helmerich & Payne, Nabors International, Parker Drilling, Patterson UTI, Pride International and Transocean.

Recruiters met with more than 2,000 military – including artillery soldiers, infantrymen, medics, mechanics, electricians, aviators and even retiring officers – and their families.

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Gulf of Mexico's booming deepwater region illustrated in new MMS report

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

The newest deepwater report released by the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) shows that about 72% of the US Gulf of Mexico’s oil production is coming from wells drilled in 1,000 ft (305 m) or deeper, proving that operators continue to push this energy frontier.

In 2007, 54% of all GOM leases were located in water depths greater than 1,000 ft. In the two 2007 lease sales, Western Gulf Lease Sale 204 and Central Gulf Lease Sale 205, almost 70% of the tracts receiving bids were in water depths of 1,312 ft (400 m) or greater.

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ENSCO orders new ultra-deepwater semi from Keppel FELS

Posted on 12 June 2008 in News

ENSCO International has finalized the construction contract with Singapore’s Keppel FELS Shipyard for an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rig to be named ENSCO 8505. The total project cost currently is estimated at $537 million. Delivery is expected in the first half of 2012.

ENSCO 8505 is the company’s sixth ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rig in the ENSCO 8500 Series and will be part of the company’s seven-rig deepwater fleet that includes the ENSCO 7500 which has been in service since 2000. Four of the ENSCO 8500 Seriesrigs are contracted to customers for term work commencing upon delivery.

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IADC World Drilling 2008 kicks off in Berlin

Posted on 11 June 2008 in News

IADC World Drilling 2008 in BerlinIADC’s World Drilling 2008 Conference & Exhibition kicked off on Wednesday, 11 June, with a packed crowd of more than 300 participants from more than 30 countries.

2006 IADC chairman Claus Chur, in welcoming the crowd to Berlin, noted that the conference’s theme is “New Frontiers, New Challenges, New Technologies.” Although renewable energy sources have been making headlines recently, he pointed out that the petroleum industry continues to provide more than 80 million bbl/day of oil for the lives and welfare of communities around world. What will be required of the industry, from drilling engineers to rig crews, to keep up with this enormous challenge will be the critical topic at this year’s event.

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IADC service awards honor industry contributors

Posted on 11 June 2008 in News

IADC Service Award recipient Dominique Dupuis of Pride InternationalIADC president Dr Lee Hunt presents the IADC Service Award to Dominique Dupuis of Pride International at World Drilling 2008 in Berlin. 

Two long-time industry contributors were recognized at the World Drilling 2008 Conference & Exhibition on 11 June 2008. IADC president Dr Lee Hunt presented the awards to Dominique Dupuis of Pride International and Pierre Gie of TOTAL during the opening session on Wednesday.

Mr Dupuis, head of drilling engineering at Pride and vice president at Horwell, holds a mechanics degree from ENSM and degrees for drilling technical courses at the French Petroleum Institute. He served as a watch officer in the French Navy in 1975, and worked with Forasol from 1977-1996. He has long been a member of the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference program committee, as well as a member of the IADC European Working Group.

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New drilling opportunities to bring new requirements, expectations

Posted on 11 June 2008 in News

The drilling industry is entering a world of new challenges and new technologies, said Dr Kurt Reinicke of the Clausthal University of Technology Institute of Petroleum Engineering in his keynote address at the World Drilling 2008 Conference. Global energy consumption has increased by 25% over the last 10 years, driven mainly by a growing population, economic growth and rising prosperity around the world. Demand will continue to rise, and oil and natural gas will remain critical energy sources for the near future.

Although there remains an abundance of resources to exploit, the time of easy oil is over, he said. Extracting the remaining hydrocarbons – reserves in deepwater, ultra-deep below the earth, the Arctic, EOR, heavy oil and bitumen, oil shales, etc – will become increasingly challenging and complex, requiring modern technologies at higher prices. Analysts, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), have already predicted a gap between supply and demand by 2030, he said.

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