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Industry should refocus on developing technologies to deliver long-term value

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor With funding being constrained across the industry due to the global oil downturn, investments in technologies that could deliver long-term value have suffered disproportionately, said David Blacklaw, Shell Global Drilling Automation Lead. “The bias has been toward projects which deliver short-term value. As a result, there’s probably a gap in the funnel of longer-term projects coming through,” Mr Blacklaw said. “Sooner or later, we’re going to need those new technologies to continue to drive performance improvements, efficiency gains and delivery of better wells.” Mr Blacklaw is among several speakers scheduled to speak at a symposium being organized by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS). The event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, ...

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Nabors acquires Robotic Drilling Systems

Nabors Industries announced that it has acquired Stavanger based Robotic Drilling Systems, a provider of automated tubular and tool handling equipment for the onshore and offshore drilling markets. This transaction integrates the highly capable RDS team and product offering with the technology portfolio of Canrig, Nabors rig equipment subsidiary, and strengthens the development of its drilling automation solutions...

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BSEE Harvey update: Personnel returned to evacuated rigs

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Hurricane Response Team continues to monitor the operators’ activities as they return to safe operations. This is the final update of evacuation and shut-in production statistics for Tropical Storm Harvey...

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Flexible pipe integrity report published following Sureflex JIP

Wood Group has published the findings of the Sureflex joint industry project (JIP), which aimed to improve industry knowledge and understanding of flexible pipe integrity management. The Flexible Pipe Integrity Management Guidance & Good Practice report shares experiences, lessons learned, failure statistics and inspection and monitoring insight from the use of unbonded flexible pipes in offshore applications. Established in 2015, the findings of the Sureflex JIP demonstrate that flexible pipe failure rates have been in decline since the mid-1990s as technology and design has matured and application has expanded to more challenging environments. It builds on a series of initiatives, led by Wood Group, dating back to the late 1990s and previously run under the auspices of Oil & Gas UK, ...

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10,000-plus delegates expected at ADIPEC 2017

Energy leaders from around the world will converge on the UAE capital for the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) from 13-16 November 2017 under the theme “Forging Ties, Driving Growth.” More than 45 ministerial and CEO sessions are being planned, compared with 25 a year ago...

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Precision Drilling announces $100,000 pledge to US Gulf Coast Relief efforts

Precision Drilling would first and foremost like to extend thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the flooding and hurricane in the Houston and Gulf Coast region. The scope and scale of destruction from the storm is staggering and rebuilding for many will mean starting from scratch. To assist with the recovery efforts, Precision has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, The company has pledged to match employee donations to organizations involved in supporting relief efforts up to $50,000 resulting in a total potential donation of $150,000 from Precision and its employees...

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Cancelled: IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas (29-30 August)

In light of the anticipated impact to the Houston/Galveston area from Hurricane Harvey, the IADC Well Control Conference of the Americas (29-30 August) has been cancelled. Full refunds will be given to all registrants, exhibitors and sponsoring companies. Please be patient over the next several business days as IADC staff processes the refunds. The IADC Well Control committee meeting scheduled for Monday, 28 August has also been cancelled...

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