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New directional drilling system combines improved mud motor, MWD technologies

Posted on 18 November 2011 in News

Weatherford has launched a directional drilling system aimed at providing an economic alternative to conventional rotary-steerable systems (RSS)…

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Bromwich defends BSEE jurisdiction expansion at IADC Annual General Meeting

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

Michael Bromwich took the podium at the 2011 IADC Annual General Meeting last week to defend the agency’s recent…

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Dan Rabun, Ensco, elected 2012 IADC chairman

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

Dan Rabun, Ensco, was elected as the new IADC chairman at the 2011 IADC Annual General Meeting last week in Austin, Texas. The IADC Board of Directors also…

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Raspino, Rynd named IADC Contractor of the Year

Posted on 15 November 2011 in IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, Videos

IADC presented two IADC Contractor of the Year awards this year to John Rynd of Hercules Offshore and Louis Raspino, who led Pride International prior to its…

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Onshore and offshore drilling activity points to active future

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

The 2012 drilling forecast calls for a rising energy demand and healthy commodity prices; however, the positive market trend is accompanied by challenges…

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Forecast: Shale oil, gas may make US world’s top producer by 2020

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

Given shale activity that far exceeds other countries around the world, compounded with the growth in the…

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Automation answers call for well efficiency, safety

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

Automation is not a new idea and is widely used in many industries. Yet, the idea of translating best practices, engineering principles and human experience…

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Annual rig census finds drilling activity in upward trend

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

Land rig utilization is looking up, or at least steady, in the US and most markets around the world as contractors continued to replace older-style mechanical rigs…

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SEMS is here! View exclusive videos on drillingcontractor.org

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

SEMS is here for operators and contractors in the US Gulf of Mexico. The compliance deadline for the US BSEE’s new regulations is 15 November…

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Watson to succeed Bromwich as BSEE director

Posted on 15 November 2011 in News

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this week named Rear Admiral James A Watson IV as director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement…

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