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Industry attention redirecting back to more mature unconventional plays


A lot of attention in the drilling industry is being directed back to some of the more mature plays like the Eagle Ford and Bakken, said Todd Bush, VP Commercial and Principal, Westwood Global Energy. In this video from the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans on 8 November, Mr Bush talks about what’s driving this trend, as well as his forecasts for drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the Permian and how production might be impacted. Further, he talks about why the Haynesville is now being closed monitored. Watch the video for more information.

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Houmb, Karle receive IADC Exemplary Service Awards


IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group. Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a simple workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. She currently serves as Chair of the committee, along with Co-Chairs Juan Negrete, Rowan Companies; and Ben Ramduny, Seadrill. She has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and has published more than 100 scientific and industrial-focused papers on various topics ...

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Sonnemann: New approach may be needed in the way well control is approached


There are still many well control topics that don’t have universal consensus within the industry. These include the uses/mis-uses of MAASP, kill rates selection and kick tolerance calculations, said Paul Sonnemann, VP of Technology at SafeKick. In a presentation at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, he urged the industry to take a different approach to such topics. Further, he encouraged the industry to think of closed-loop drilling like the service brake on an automobile, which should be used even if the drilling program doesn’t require it. Watch DC’s video with Mr Sonnemann as he describes his philosophy of well control.

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Visual, multiphase flow simulators aid spill drills


Work is ongoing to couple a visual simulator and a multiphase flow simulator to enhance spill drill exercises, Add Energy VP Marketing Thomas Selbekk said at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, on 23 October. Over the past few years, Add Energy has been involved in more than 30 such drills, many in the Gulf of Mexico. In this video with DC, Mr Selbekk talks about the purpose of spill drills, lessons learned from previous drills, as well as how the two simulators – the VROV and the OLGA-WELL-KILL – have been combined to form an interactive training tool that can mimic a real-world incident. Watch the video to find out more.

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IOGP engages with regulators on liabilities, studies different regulatory approaches


Since the early days of the formation of the Global Incident Response Group and Wells Expert Committee, the two groups have continued to fulfill their missions of improving drilling safety, improving the time to stop a blowout, and improving subsea and surface response capabilities. In particular, the two groups, which were formed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), continue to work with regulators around the world, according to Chris Hawkes, IOGP Safety Director. These include the EU Offshore Authorities Group, with whom the IOGP recently engaged on the issue of unlimited liabilities. Further, the IOGP recently was involved in an academic study looking at goal-based vs prescriptive regulations. Watch DC’s video with Mr Hawkes from the ...

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Rig culture makes the difference in driving high performance


The REACH Group recently conducted a study for an offshore drilling contractor to find out why one of its newbuild drillships was performing much better than a similar newbuild drillship, operating nearby drilling similar wells. The differentiator came down to culture on the rig, said Dave Massey, President of The REACH Group. In this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City, Mr Massey speaks with DC about common assumptions people make about managing culture, the key findings from his investigation on this high-performing drillship, as well as a six-phase approach that companies can take to build a culture by design.

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Control system concerns trend up as industry reactivates sixth-gen rigs


As the drilling industry begins to reactivate some sixth-generation drilling rigs, lessons are being learned about the concerns being identified, whether electrical, mechanical or relating to control systems. Chris Goetz, Partner at Kingston Systems, noted that he has seen a trend in increasing concerns around control systems. The percentage of concerns that are characterized as critical have also risen during these rig reactivations. To find out more, watch this video from the 2018 IADC Critical Issues Latin America Conference on 16 October in Mexico City.

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Weatherford RSS aims for cost-effectiveness, broad applications


Rotary steerable systems (RSS) have led to a paradigm shift in how wells are drilled today, but more improvements are still needed in order for the technology to help operators drive down their well construction costs. Weatherford’s Magnus push-the-bit RSS was developed with broad applications in mind, from everyday to extreme conditions, and features fully independent pad control. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, Etienne Roux, Weatherford President, Drilling and Evaluation, speaks with DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea about the development of the new RSS, as well as ROP improvements that have been achieved in Mexico. Watch the video to learn more.

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New onsite rig crew training service provides well control overview in two hours


A new mobile crew training unit will soon allow Wild Well Control to extend its well control training from the classroom to the rigsite. The onsite rig crew training service was developed at the request of companies that wanted to allow certain rig crew members who don’t receive frequent opportunities to attend classroom training – such as derrickhands, motor hands and floor hands – to understand the basics of well control. The training reviews the signs of well kicks, critical decision-making skills, proper drilling techniques and proper shut-in procedures. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea speaks with Steve L. Richert, Manager, WCT Instructor & ...

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BHGE extends low temperature range for disintegrating frac plug


The SPECTRE disintegrating frac plug was developed in collaboration with operators who sought an anchoring grip that would completely disintegrate, leaving no debris in the wellbore that could compromise long-term operations. Baker Hughes, a GE company, recently introduced the SPECTRE low-temperature (LT) plug, which extends the tool's reliable disintegration envelope to temperatures as low as 100°F.

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