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IADC DRILLERSPAC and USMCA update from Capitol Hill

The United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, coming before Congress this summer, will retain key provisions from NAFTA to protect the energy industry, said Liz Craddock, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, at the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 16 May. In this video, Mrs Craddock discusses legislative priorities and the success of the recently formed DRILLERSPAC and how to get involved.

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OSHA Multi-Employer Citation Policy, potential impact on energy industry

With multi-employer scenarios commonplace in oil and gas, OSHA’s citation policy puts general contractors at risk of a citation even in instances where they do not have a direct hiring relationship with the secondary sub-contractor in violation. At the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition, Ken Bullock, a shareholder with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, said the challenge will be how to minimize potential civil liability while complying with the Multi-Employer Citation Policy. In this video, Mr Bullock explains the policy and how it could impact the energy industry.

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More safety and efficiency needed in 24-hour rig moves

When it comes to current rig moves, accounting for 37% of incidents in 2018, there is room for safety and efficiency gains. Whether it is how the rig itself is designed, with added input from the trucking industry to improve the hauling of the equipment, or a system for maintaining both day and night crews to keep up with the 24-hour demand, there is opportunity to improve. Tom Halliday, VP of Operations at Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, spoke on a panel at the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 16 May. In this video, Mr Halliday discusses his greatest challenges as a rig mover, plans the IADC Rig Moving Committee has to draft best practices ...

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Slightly lower super-spec rig dayrates and rig count stability for 2019

With the late 2018 oil price drop, contractors and service companies have felt the impact as oil companies slowed their activity for 2019, particularly on the completions side. The outlook for 2019 includes slightly lower super-spec rig dayrates and some independent companies dropping a few rigs by year-end. Byron Pope, Managing Director with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co, spoke on a panel at the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 16 May. In this video, Mr Pope discusses the trend toward longer lateral lengths and other factors that may impact rig count stability in the coming year.

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New drilling dynamics tool eliminates need for downhole statistical down sampling

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has introduced the BlackBox High Frequency drilling dynamics tool, which samples dynamics data at 1500 Hz and load data at 100 Hz and records all high-speed data to its 8 GB memory. Because there is no need for downhole statistical down sampling, all data can be analyzed at surface for the entire run. DC spoke with Steve Berkman, NOV Vice President of North America Dynamic Drilling Solutions, at the 2019 OTC about how the new tool functions and why it’s particularly useful in batch drilling operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Electromagnetic signals bolster new look-ahead-while-drilling service

A new look-ahead-while-drilling service called IriSphere is combining directional measurements with advanced automated inversion to detect formation features ahead of the bit, by using multifrequency transmitter and multireceiver directional subs. According to Irlan Amir, Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Drilling and Measurements for Schlumberger, the technology uses electromagnetic signals that are sent from the transmitter into the formation and retrieved by receivers to enable the look-ahead sensitivity and resistivity profiles. In this video with DC from the 2019 OTC, Mr Amir also talks about high-potential applications and benefits for the technology, as well as results achieved in a recent deployment offshore Australia. Watch the video to find out more.

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BHGE introduces low-pressure-impact drilling fluid

In challenging wells with narrow operating windows, using a fluid with low equivalent circulating density (ECD) typically only mitigates some of the risks but doesn’t reliably meet all drilling objectives. Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has launched Delta-TEQ, a drilling fluid that the company says was designed to have low pressure impact, which helps to extend narrow windows. In this video with DC on 6 May at the 2019 OTC, Brian Teutsch, Product Management Leader for BHGE, talks about the fluid’s advanced non-aqueous formulation and explains how it was used for better hole cleaning in a deviated borehole in the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the video to find out more.

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Active Control Device drills deepwater MPD section in Black Sea

AFGlobal recently completed the first MPD section in a Black Sea well for Shell on Noble Drilling’s Noble Globetrotter II drillship. Key to this project is the Active Control Device (ACD), which uses a non-rotating device with an actively pressurized, co-molded element to seal the wellbore annulus and divert returns. This eliminates complex bearing assemblies and high-wear rotary seal components found in traditional rotating control devices (RCDs). In this video at the 2019 OTC in Houston on 6 May, Austin Johnson, Lead Development Engineer with AFGlobal, explains how the system works and its potential benefits. Watch the video for more information.

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