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March/April

Drilling & Completion News

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract with Petrogas E&P Netherlands for the high-efficiency jackup Maersk Resolute. The firm contract covers the drilling of the A8 and A9 wells in the A12 block of the Dutch Continental Shelf. The drilling of the two wells is estimated to have a duration of 75 days. Further, an option exists to extend the contract for up to five additional wells.

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Perspectives: Thad Dunham, Flat Time Reduction: Drilling industry should look to industrial engineering to reshape operations, reduce waste

A Continued focus on cost reductions means drilling contractors are still looking for ways to reshape their operations to increase efficiency. Thad Dunham, President and Co-Founder of Flat Time Reduction, is helping companies to achieve such efficiency gains through an industrial engineering approach. “The principles of industrial engineering can work anywhere. The goal is to optimize processes and reduce waste,” Mr Dunham said. “If you look at everything as a process, whether it be an assembly line in a manufacturing plant or drilling a well, you can break it down into steps, get ideas from the folks doing the job, and you can improve it.”

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People, Companies & Products

Nabors, Weatherford agree to form alliance to deliver integrated drilling solutions in US lower 48 states Nabors Industries and Weatherford International have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form an alliance focused on delivering enhanced drilling solutions to the oil and gas land market in the US lower 48 states. The MOU states that Weatherford will bring well construction expertise, managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions, directional drilling capabilities and drilling hardware, as well as associated software applications and engineering personnel. Nabors will bring its fleet of MPD-ready SmartRigs and land-optimized measurement-while-drilling (MWD) systems, together with its performance drilling software applications, automated rig equipment and proprietary control systems. By leveraging the technical expertise and engineering capabilities of the two ...

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HSE&T Corner: Involving employees in JSA development, making corrective actions visible increase buy-in to incident prevention programs

While the first and most important objective of an incident prevention program is to ensure employees get home safely, a strong program does more than protect people from harm. “They have the benefits of increased productivity, reduced costs and lower employee turnover,” Phil Molé, EHS Expert for Velocity EHS, said on 7 February at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. “You improve employee morale and job satisfaction overall because you create the kind of environment employees like to be in.”

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Wirelines

On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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Influx management envelope deployed during planning phase for 3 sections of deepwater MPD well

The MPD Operations Matrix was introduced in 2007 to serve as an operational guide for drilling MPD sections. The intent of the matrix is to balance operational, well and equipment limitations with “acceptable” influx volumes. The operations matrix has become the cornerstone of MPD projects worldwide and is a mandatory component of planned MPD wells in the US Gulf of Mexico...

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Evolution of intelligent coiled-tubing technologies drives need for better sensors, data interpretation tools to aid real-time decision-making

Coiled-tubing interventions, like everything else in the upstream sector, have taken a hit since oil prices tumbled in 2014. In fact, the coiled-tubing industry declined by 41% from 2014 to 2015 and by an additional 39% from 2015 to year-end 2016, according to data from Spears and Associates...

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IADC partners with Texas A&M to launch 1st student chapter

IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter on 31 January. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon.

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