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Economics, additional value must be considered before deploying 3D printing

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As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies evolve, the oil and gas drilling industry is increasingly exploring potential applications and benefits, such as less time to market and faster deployment of design changes. The technology can also be valuable when it comes to time-critical part replacements, said Dietmar Reicht, Head of Future Markets for the Special Steel Division at steel-based technology and capital goods group voetsalpine. Mr Reicht was among five panelists at the plenary session at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March. However, despite the many possible benefits, companies should only pursue 3D printing when it provides added value, he cautioned. Watch DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh’s interview with Mr Reicht to learn more...

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Real-time optimization partnership yields faster connection times, higher ROPs

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Data collected during the drilling process can, if properly analyzed, shed light on trends and opportunities to optimize operations. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) developed INFORM, an offering under its eVolve Optimization Service, to leverage this data and provide optimization support and advice to operators. Recently, NOV partnered with a US operator to provide real-time remote optimization services. In this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Ricardo Borjas, Director-Drilling Optimization Services for NOV, explains some of the challenges operators face when setting up real-time optimization centers – including a high initial investment – and how NOV was able to tackle these challenges. He also discusses some of the results the partnership was able to achieve, including improved connection times and higher rates of penetration...

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IADC Nigeria Chapter advances multiple initiatives on equipment, competency

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Rebound of activities in the drilling sector in Nigeria only just beginning, and drilling contractors must face increasing challenges around equipment maintenance, workforce competency and regulatory control. Ote Enaibe, Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, said the group has several ongoing initiatives to help its members address these challenges. These include partnering with educational institutions on drilling and completion curriculums and with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on skills acquisitions programs. In this video, Mr Enaibe also discusses the chapter’s collaboration with OEMs, as well as its continuing work to help members achieve nonproductive time by 20% by 2020. Watch the video to find out more...

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Nationalization, efficiency go hand in hand for West Jupiter in Nigeria

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Seadrill’s West Jupiter had a crew that was 49% Nigerian nationals when the drillship started its contract with Total more than three years ago. Since then, the rig has continued to advance its nationalization efforts and now boasts a crew that is 71% Nigerian nationals and 29% expats. At the same time, the rig’s high level of performance has saved nearly 400 days against AFE, said Benjamin Schumacher, Operations Director for Seadrill. Watch DC’s video with Mr Schumacher from the 2018 IADC Drilling Africa Conference on 21 February in Lisbon to find out more about how the drilling contractor balanced its commitment to local content and a performance focus...

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Tullow’s rig-based charity initiative delivers new school complex in Ghana village

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The Ghana Drillers Charity began under a quarterly EHS plan devised by Tullow Oil to improve safety on its contracted rigs in Ghana. It allowed individual employees to donate cash bonuses earned under the EHS plan to benefit a primary school in a small fishing village in far west Ghana called Ahobre. After initial donations covering basic needs such as exercise books, pens and pencils for the students, the charity stepped up its work and decided to build a new school complex. After breaking ground on 27 January in 2016, the complex – which included six classrooms in two blocks, three outdoor teaching areas, two playgrounds, two bathroom facilities and one kitchen – was handed over to the school on 25 January 2017. Watch DC’s video with Chris Roos, Well Engineering Manager for Tullow, to find out more about this project...

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New tool offers alternative to conventional hammer unions

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To eliminate workplace injuries resulting from conventional hammer unions, R&H Manufacturing has developed SaferUnion, a tool that tightens or loosens connections at a consistent torque without the use of a sledgehammer. SaferUnions consists of a nut, torque wrench and long bar, which inserts into one of the nut’s eight access points, located every 45°. The bar can then be pushed or pulled easily by a single person. In this video, Rae Burrows, Technical Designer/Engineer, and Will Broussard, Developer, discuss the drivers behind the development of the tool. They also highlight the advantages it offers compared with conventional hammer unions. More information about the tool, which was presented at the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Spark Tank in December, can be found ...

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Churchill Drilling Tools launches dartless version of self-filling float

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Churchill Drilling Tools has introduced a dartless version of its self-filling float. The original dart-activated version allows the string to self-fill while running in hole and can reduce trip time by 30% to 50% compared with regular floats, according to the company. The float remains dormant while it’s run in hole and is later activated with a dart. In late 2017, the company launched the SFF Trigger, a dartless version of the self-filling float. Like the original self-filling float, the SFF Trigger remains dormant while it’s run in hole. However, a new automatic activation system is triggered when the float reaches a preset depth and pressure. In this video from the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference in Abu Dhabi, Nicholas Kjaer, General Manager-Middle East for Churchill Drilling Tools, explains how the automatic activation system works, as well as the benefits of dartless activation...

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IADC ready to help offshore contractors ramp up activity in 2018

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The downturn has put increased pressure on the oil and gas industry to become more efficient, particularly because many analysts and executives are expecting low oil prices to linger for some time. This reality was reflected in the theme of the 2018 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference, ”Building on today’s efficiencies for tomorrow’s market,” held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In this video from the conference on 29 January, Jim Thorn, IADC Division Vice President-International Onshore, explains how the conference’s theme is applicable to offshore drilling contractors. He also discusses some of the challenges, particularly around staffing and training, confronting offshore contractors in 2018 as their activity is expected to ramp up. Mr Thorn explains how IADC’s efforts can help contractors tackle these challenges...

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Regulatory climate shifting, positioning US for energy dominance

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Under the Trump Administration, the oil and gas industry has transitioned from a defensive player constantly working against regulatory red tape to one poised for energy dominance, said Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance (WEA), a trade and lobbying group. Still, legal and regulatory hurdles remain, and the WEA is working to challenge rules that curtail oil and natural gas development, such as those related to methane emissions and public land use planning. In this video from the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 6 February, Ms Sgamma discusses the group’s regulatory rollback efforts, which include reducing approval time for a drilling permit from an average time of 257 days to 30-45 days. The group is also focusing on reducing federal regulations for drilling permits for wells with long laterals that run through small portions of federal lands. Watch the video for more information....

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