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Early planning, effective communication crucial to five-year SPS’s

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Applying best practices – including early coordination between the drilling contractor and OEM, constant communication and contingency plans for unplanned work – can help drive down the cost of five-year special periodic surveys for drilling rigs. In a presentation at the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference in Houston, Trey Walker, Fleet Care Manager for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), presented examples of successful in-yard and in-field surveys completed ahead of time and within budget. In this video from the conference on 31 August, Mr Walker explains how early planning helped NOV preform these surveys successfully. He also discusses how applying best practices helped the company to complete the in-field survey several days ahead of time despite unexpected changes to the project’s scope.

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ABS, partners test Polar Code requirements through search and rescue exercise offshore Norway

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In April, ABS partnered with the Norwegian coast guard, academic institutions and other stakeholder companies to perform a search and rescue exercise in Svalbard, Norway. The University of Stavanger, Company GMC and the Norwegian Coast Guard organized the exercise, which took place on the K V Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel. The exercise was conducted to gain a better understanding of the IMO Polar Code’s requirements, which many in the industry regard as vague, according to ABS. For example, the code requires the crews of maritime vessels, including drilling rigs, to be equipped be able to survive five days in polar waters while awaiting rescue. There was concern about whether this was even possible with existing equipment, said ABS ...

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R&D center built with integrated testing ability, serves as ‘incubator’ for next-generation technologies

A mud building facility is part of a future phase at the R&D center that will offer parallel downhole testing off of the rig so mud tests and drilling can be done simultaneously.

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is pushing ahead with a new research and development technology center (RDTC) that will give the company’s engineers a means to develop and assess new technologies, particularly those related to drilling automation. “We treat the facility like an incubator,” said Rium Tapjan, VP of the RDTC. “We’re trying to foster an environment for building ideas and coming up with solutions that aren’t siloed into different divisions. People can come here months in advance and collaborate on different tests.”

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IHS: Oil market now reaching bottom as supply, demand begin to balance out

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The downturn in oil prices that has led operators worldwide to reduce budgets and drilling programs has reached a bottom, as the oversupply of oil has begun to balance out with demand, according to IHS Vice President for Energy-wide Perspectives Susan Farrell. “We have oil supply going below what is needed for demand (this year), which means we are finally going to start rebalancing the market going forward,” Ms Farrell said at the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference on 15 June in Lisbon. While spending is expected to remain flat in the near future, IHS expects an increase in drilling activity beyond 2017 as companies begin to finish paying off debt from pre-downturn investments. Watch the video to learn more.

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Panel highlights challenges women face in oil/gas industry, how companies can help

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The global oil and gas industry remains a male-dominated business, although more companies are beginning to recognize the value in actively recruiting and promoting women, resulting in a more diverse workforce. Challenges remain, however, in attracting women – especially younger women – into the STEM fields. Women who enter this industry also continue to face unique challenges, both out in the field and in the office. These issues were discussed at the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon on 16 June. DC caught up with two of the panelists – Lydia Brantley, Manager of Investor Relations at National Oilwell Varco, and Marta LaFuente, Product Champion of Vallourec Drilling Products – after the panel for a discussion of what companies can do to advance gender diversity in this industry.

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MPD allows for dynamic well control offshore

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When drilling offshore – particularly in deepwater – the distance between the BOP on the seafloor and the rig can potentially leave the riser, as well as the rig, exposed to kicks. “If, for example, an influx or a kick gets past the BOPs, it can travel up the riser. As it gets closer to atmospheric pressure, it can then unload at an exponential rate, causing danger to the personnel, the equipment and of course the environment,” said Guy Feasey, VP of Well Integrity at Weatherford. Managed pressure drilling (MPD) can account for these influxes. It can also provide drillers with additional options on how to deal with these influxes, aside from simply shutting in the BOP. Watch the video with Mr Feasey from the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon to learn more about how MPD can enable dynamic well control.

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Drilling Systems pushes simulator, virtual reality technologies to improve rig crew training

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Advances in simulator and virtual reality technologies are helping the drilling industry to bring more life-like training environments to rig crews. At the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon, Drilling Systems showcased several new simulator-based training technologies, including the On The Rig simulator and the virtual reality-based DrillSIM-5 3D. Watch the video with Drilling Systems CEO Ian Hudson to learn about how these new technologies can help improve crew training.

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Oil and Gas UK Wells Forum pushes UK North Sea to reduce well costs by half

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As low oil prices began to severely strain the already high cost of drilling in the North Sea, the Oil and Gas UK Wells Forum issued a challenge in 2015 for the industry to reduce well costs 50%. In responding to this challenge, operators have instituted strategies such as well scrutiny sessions, in which companies analyze each other’s plans for new wells and introduce ideas for efficiency improvements. “We’ve seen concrete ideas that have been brought to the table which have resulted in maybe 15% or 20% reduction of those well costs,” said Olav Skar, GM of Wells for Shell UK and former Chairman of Oil and Gas UK Wells Forum. “Now, that’s one step, and we’re looking, through industry collaboration, to get more ideas like that.” Watch the video with Mr Skar from the 2016 IADC World Drilling Conference in Lisbon on 16 June for more information.

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