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Exclusive video: IMax drill bits target hard, abrasive formations

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Videos, Videos - IADC/SPE Drilling Conference

Varel International launched the IMax series of diamond-impregnated drill bits this week at the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The IMax bit targets formations…

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S-shaped profile for relief wells may reduce risk of missing target well

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News

Relief well planning has become a required safety measure for the drilling industry to ensure readiness in the event of a blowout. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental…

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Predictive analysis software identifies mud motor failures in high-intensity drilling environments

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Videos

The manufacturing approach to drilling is delivering greater efficiency in US unconventional plays, but intensified campaigns in more abrasive formations are pushing downhole…

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H&P secures contracts with YPF to deploy 10 FlexRigs to Argentina

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Helmerich & Payne (H&P) has entered into new drilling contracts with YPF Sociedad Anonima. The company plans to deploy 10 existing FlexRigs from the US to work in the Vaca…

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Environmental concerns, infrastructure and economic viability challenge global unconventional markets

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Onshore Advances

A world map of the total unconventional reserves that have been found illustrates a broader potential beyond the US, although that market…

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Drilling efficiency, optimized completion key to Schlumberger’s Factory Drilling

Posted on 06 March 2014 in IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News, Videos

Schlumberger’s Factory Drilling approach brings together technologies targeted at high-intensity drilling operations, such as those found in North American unconventionals…

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Automated planning software helps NASA track resources, safety constraints for high-risk activities

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, News

From the ground to the seabed – and even outer space – a common thread links the space and drilling industry: Our operations are challenging and hazardous…

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Keep engineers engaged in horizontal well control, Flaherty urges

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News

Horizontal drilling has been around for more than 25 years, yet the extent and intensity to which horizontal wells with extended lateral sections are being drilled today bring new…

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Wintershall well complexity index helps assess risk, contingency planning

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, News

An index defining a broad range of surface and subsurface well complexity parameters has been developed and implemented by German operator Wintershall to assess risk, cost…

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Drilling with liner isolates depleted zone in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 06 March 2014 in Exclusive Video, IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

In September 2013, Weatherford worked with its client to apply drilling with liner technology in a deepwater Gulf of Mexico well to isolate a depleted sand zone…

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