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Technology roundup: Packers Plus, Halliburton and Varel offer innovations in fracturing, bits

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News

Packers Plus Energy Services this week introduced the RepeaterPORT sleeve, which enables fracturing of…

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Seadrill’s West Triton & Offshore Resolute to drill in Arabian Gulf

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News

Al-Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) has awarded Seadrill two contracts in the joint development zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for the West Triton…

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NOV to deliver $1.5 billion in drillship equipment packages to Brazil

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Brazil’s Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) recently signed seven contracts worth…

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Pacific Scirocco undergoes modifications for engine reliability

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Scirocco has mobilized to a quayside in South Africa to undergo upgrades and modifications to ensure reliability prior to…

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Transocean to acquire Aker Drilling for $1.4 billion

Posted on 16 August 2011 in News

Transocean announced this week an offer to acquire Aker Drilling for $1.43 billion that Aker’s Board of Directors has unanimously recommended accepting…

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Shell, CNPC look to automated well manufacturing for step-change

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

The time is ripe for a step-change in the high-density segment of the drilling business, and two giants in the energy industry – Shell and China National…

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Maersk invests in state-of-the-art drilling simulator

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News

Maersk Drilling and Maersk Training have invested in a DrillSIM-6000 drilling simulator from UK-based Drilling Systems that will be housed in a purpose-built…

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Ensign acquires Rowan’s land drilling division

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News

Ensign Energy Services has entered an agreement to acquire the land drilling division of Rowan Companies, which includes 30 electric land drilling rigs…

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Noble gives go-ahead to build two more high-spec jackups

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News, The Efficient Rig

Noble Corp has exercised options with Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard for the construction of two additional high-specification…

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Baker Hughes completes shale frac project in Argentina

Posted on 02 August 2011 in News

Baker Hughes recently completed its first unconventional hydrocarbon shale hydraulic fracturing and stimulation project in Argentina for YPF in the…

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