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Hess, Chevron commence production from Tubular Bells Field in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 17 November 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Hess Corp announced that production has commenced from the Tubular Bells Field, located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico…

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IADC Board elects Ed Jacob as 2015 Chairman

Posted on 14 November 2014 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News

Ed Jacob, Director, President and COO of Independence Contract Drilling, has been elected to serve as 2015 IADC Chairman. Additionally, Thomas Burke, President of Rowan Companies, was elected as…

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BP launches robotic core-flooding system

Posted on 10 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

The complete automation and workflow optimization in BP’s new Core Flood Robot enables hundreds of core flood tests to be performed each year, rather than dozens…

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Statoil suspends 2 rigs due to overcapacity

Posted on 06 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has decided to suspend two new rigs due to overcapacity in the rig portfolio. Transocean Spitsbergen and Songa Trym will be suspended through 2014, a period which might be extended…

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NOV top drive control software mitigates torsional vibration in Eagle Ford

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances, Videos

In a recent 13-well program in the Eagle Ford, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) deployed its top drive control software, SoftSpeed II, to mitigate torsional vibration…

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All-liquid cementing system completes 5 jobs in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Compared with conventional cements, Baker Hughes’ all-liquid FoamSet system maintains a constant pressure to keep the water or gas in the formation and out of the cement…

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Baker Hughes high-build RSS drills up to 12°/100 ft

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

The latest rotary steerable system (RSS) from Baker Hughes combines the benefits of a high-build RSS and advanced formation evaluation data. The AutoTrak eXact RSS was…

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New conical diamond element bit saves operator 6 days in Kazakhstan

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

An operator in Kazakhstan recently saved six days by deploying Schlumberger’s StingBlade conical diamond element bit…

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Study: Half of well control incidents would benefit from early kick detection

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News

Approximately half of all loss of well control (LWC) incidents that occur on the US Continental Shelf may benefit from early kick detection, a study commissioned by the…

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Limiter redesign process helps ExxonMobil increase footage per day by 90%

Posted on 04 November 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News

Throughout the well construction process, multiple “limiters” can constrain the efficiency of overall process. Recognizing these limiters and the negative effects…

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