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New control software aims to optimize water treatment processes


Water Planet has deployed its new IntelliFlux control software at California’s first merchant facility designed to treat oil and gas produced water for beneficial reuse. Operated by Sweetwater Tech Resources (STR), this regional water treatment facility gives local oil and gas producers a reliable, economic and sustainable option for converting billions of gallons of produced water annually into clean water streams available for beneficial reuse. It is located in Wasco, a town centrally located around multiple active oil fields surrounding Bakersfield. Because the wastewater can be treated for reuse, oil producers have a cost-competitive option to trucking it to third-party disposal wells. The project is expected to yield significant environmental benefits by reducing the amount of water disposed, as well ...

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New drill bit adjusts to downhole conditions for smoother, faster drilling


Baker Hughes’ newly released TerrAdapt adaptive drill bit is expected to deliver dramatic improvements in drilling economics by using automation to mitigate downhole dysfunctions that cause inefficient drilling and costly tool failures. With the industry’s first self-adjusting depth-of-cut (DOC) control elements, the TerrAdapt bit automatically changes its aggressiveness based on the formation through which it is drilling to mitigate vibrations, stick-slip and impact loading...

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ExxonMobil signs agreement with Eni over gas-rich Mozambique


ExxonMobil and Eni recently signed a sale and purchase agreement that will enable ExxonMobil to acquire from Eni a 25% indirect interest in the natural gas-rich Area 4 block, offshore Mozambique. Eni currently holds a 50% indirect share in the block through a 71.4% stake in Eni East Africa, which owns 70% of the Area 4 concession. The agreed terms include a cash price of approximately $2.8 billion. The acquisition will be completed following satisfaction of a number of conditions, including clearance from Mozambican and other regulatory authorities. Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi said, “This deal represents material evidence of our exploration strategy based on the early monetization of our exploration discoveries, as a part of our ‘dual-exploration’ model. Through this strategy, Eni has been able to cash in more ...

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Well Control School forms alliance with Drilbert Engineering


Well Control School (WCS) announced an alliance with Drilbert Engineering to provide advanced technical drilling operational training for the oil and gas industry. Drilling Supervision and Trouble‐Free Drilling courses, instructed by Drilbert Engineering Founder John Mitchell, are the main stay  for  the  courses  delivered  through  this  alliance.   These training classes will be  conducted at WCS Training Centers and in‐house training locations. The  Drilling  Supervision  course  is  a  five-day course  blending  interpersonal  and  technical  skills  together to assist students in understanding their role as a supervisor.   Special emphasis is applied on professional behavior and work ethics. Trouble‐Free Drilling course is a three-day course that assists adult learners in understanding how to  avoid  downhole  problems  such  as  stuck  pipe  during  drilling  operations.  The course  summarizes the physics associated with downhole ...

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KCA Deutag lands contracts for geothermal drilling in the Netherlands

KCA Deutag land rig operating in the Netherlands.

KCA Deutag has been awarded a new contract to deliver two geothermal wells in the Netherlands. These wells will be drilled by a 2,000-hp EURO Rig designed by Bentec, the group’s land rig and oilfield equipment manufacturer. The rig has a fully automated pipe-handling system and was one of the first of its kind to be manufactured. Drilling will commence later this month. This is KCA Deutag’s second contract award in the geothermal market in recent months, following an award for two firm plus four optional geothermal wells in Germany in September last year. Commenting on the opportunities in the European geothermal drilling market, Simon Drew, KCA Deutag President of Land, said, “I am delighted to announce further progress in ...

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