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Transocean’s Newman: Collaboration will take industry from good to great

Posted on 06 October 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News

Amid a backdrop of softening rig demand as a significant number of new rigs enter the market, the drilling industry must take steps today to prepare for tomorrow’s…

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Petrobas makes gas discovery at Espírito Santo Basin

Posted on 06 October 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Petrobras has discovered new gas accumulation at Espírito Santo Basin post-salt. The discovery took place while drilling the 3-BRSA-1259-ESS/3-ESS-222 well…

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Baker Hughes implements full chemical disclosure for fracturing operations

Posted on 02 October 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News

Baker Hughes has implemented a new policy of disclosing 100% of the chemistry contained within its hydraulic fracturing fluid systems…

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Drillmec automated rig, drilling package designed to ensure safety, increase efficiency

Posted on 01 October 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Onshore Advances

Drillmec has designed an automated drilling rig – AHEAD, Advanced Hydraulic Electrical Automated Driller – that reduces the rig footprint by approximately 50%…

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Noble Energy to resume exploration drilling offshore Falkland Islands

Posted on 01 October 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Noble Energy plans to resume exploration drilling in the Falkland Islands in 2015, following the acquisition and evaluation of an extensive 3D seismic program…

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Video: Schlumberger mapping-while-drilling service expands view around wellbore

Posted on 01 October 2014 in Innovating While Drilling, News, Videos

GeoSphere, Schlumberger’s new reservoir mapping-while-drilling service, optimizes well placement operations and steering capabilities with deep-directional…

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Statoil, Shell and Sonatrach to test shale acreage in Algeria

Posted on 30 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Statoil and Shell were awarded the Timissit Permit License in the Illizi-Ghadames Basin onshore Algeria. The license is in southeastern Algeria and covers an area of 2,730 sq km…

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Rosneft discovers oil in Kara Sea

Posted on 29 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Rosneft successfully completed the drilling of the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Arctic – the northernmost well in the world, according to the company, and discovered oil at the East-Prinovozemelskiy-1 license area…

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Statoil and PL713 partners discover gas in Pingvin prospect in Barents Sea

Posted on 26 September 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has together with PL713 partners made a gas discovery in the Pingvin prospect in the Barents Sea. The discovery is a play opener in an unexplored frontier…

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Maersk Drilling names fourth ultra-deepwater drillship; delivery expected in Q4

Posted on 26 September 2014 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra-deepwater drillship was named in a ceremony at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si…

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Recent Drilling News

  • 22 October 2014

    Shell discovers gas in pre-salt reservoir offshore Gabon

    Shell announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 m net gas pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Statoil proves new oil resources near Grane field in North Sea

    Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation. The estimated volume of the discovery…

  • 21 October 2014

    IADC Cybersecurity Task Group to provide industry guidance to assess risks

    The oil and gas industry is not immune to cybersecurity threats, from computer viruses and malware to targeted attacks. The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee…

  • 21 October 2014

    Check-6 launches RIGOR digital checklist and compliance system

    Check-6 has launched RIGOR, a checklist-based mobile app to help simplify complex procedures and mitigate human error on the rig. Taking lessons from the aviation industry…

  • 21 October 2014

    Video: Next IADC Land Contract update to start in 2016

    The latest version of the IADC Land Contract was released in November 2013. Various incidents, including Macondo, delayed the release. “It’s an industry contract…

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