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January/February

HSE&T Corner: Digital checklist for field service representatives improves accountability and service quality, standardizes rig engagement

Pilots, air traffic controllers and airplane mechanics are no less susceptible to human error than anyone else. Yet commercial airlines fly billions of passengers around the world every year while experiencing very few incidents or fatalities. “What did they do? They put in checklists,” Terry Barrett, Chief Operating Office for CAVU International, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas...

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Perspectives: Christine Lederer, Rowan Companies: Drilling industry must better publicize its efforts to reduce environmental impact

While the general public is aware of the impacts that oil and gas activities have on environments, they are often not aware of the significant efforts that the industry undertakes to reduce its environmental footprint. Christine Lederer, Environmental Specialist with Rowan Companies, is working to change that. “One of the things I’ve been trying to work on is increasing the public visibility of our efforts to be a responsible corporate citizen,” she said, citing Rowan’s forthcoming first sustainability report. “It will highlight the things we do that aren’t required by law but where we go above and beyond for our employees and local communities.”....

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Drilling Ahead: OCS plan offers opportunity, but great responsibility

If you despair of chronic US political gridlock, lift up your heart in praise. The proposed 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Plan, which opens some 90% of total US federal waters to leasing, has coalesced coastal politicians red and blue into a determined bloc – against the plan, that is. Most prominently, following a quickly arranged meeting with the objecting Republican governor of Florida, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promptly announced that the Sunshine State was removed from the plan. That exclusion prompted a second wave of bipartisanship, a la, what about us?...

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D&C News

Rowan has concluded the purchase of two LeTourneau Super 116E jackup rigs, the P-59 and P-60, which were both delivered new into service in 2013, in a public auction from a subsidiary of Petrobras for $38.5 million per unit. The company intends to mobilize these modern jackups to the Middle East from their current location in Brazil in late Q1 2018...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

BP announced in December that it has more than doubled the total computing power of its Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) in Houston, making it the most powerful supercomputer in the world for commercial research. Increased computing power, speed and storage reduce the time needed to analyze large amounts of seismic data to support exploration, appraisal and development plans, as well as other research and technology developments throughout BP...

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Proppant intensity may increase by 35% in Permian Basin before reaching optimal economics

To maximize well productivity in the current low oil-price environment, operators in North America have adjusted their completion designs and substantially increased their proppant use. At $50 oil prices, that trend is expected to continue – particularly in the Permian, where our analysis indicates that proppant intensity will rise by 35% before reaching optimal economics. The resulting increase in North American demand – up from 45 million tons in 2016 to 110 million tons in 2018 – will be a boon for suppliers and a key driver of low-cost sand flooding into the Permian...

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Comparison of Haynesville wells shows benefits of tighter cluster spacing, higher proppant loads

Techniques for optimized completions shown to result in higher EURs, flattened decline curves By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Optimized completion techniques – including longer laterals, tighter cluster spacing, and higher proppant loads and stage counts – can significantly increase the number of conductive transverse fractures and the estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) of Haynesville wells. The finding was made by Halliburton and Dallas-based E&P company Covey Park Energy in a study comparing two Haynesville wells – one completed in 2010 and one in 2016. Additionally, the study found that modern completion techniques can flatten the decline curve in Haynesville wells. The evolution of completion designs in the Haynesville have been driven, in large part, by the play’s low reservoir permeability, ...

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2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference offers forum to share technical expertise, learn from industry peers

As oil and gas companies increasingly consider the possibility that low oil prices are the new reality, they’re turning to innovative technologies and practices to drive performance and efficiency. The 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference, to be held 6-8 March in Fort Worth, Texas, will give companies an opportunity to share knowledge, insights and success stories when it comes to improved performance, safety and efficiency, said Shane Marchand, Chairman of the 2018 conference. Mr Marchand also serves as VP of Marketing and Business Development for Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co...

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Editorial: Safety, quality, diverse workforce will pave path to better industry, future innovations

As I think about the challenges facing us in 2018, I am reminded of that new year’s curse – “May you have an interesting year.” 2018 will almost certainly deliver that. According to Haynes and Boone, from January 2015 to October 2017, 134 North American oil and gas producers filed for bankruptcy. The sum of these filings involved $80 billion of secured and unsecured debt. Over the same period, 155 oilfield service companies filed for bankruptcy with a cumulative debt of $43.6 billion. Of the seven largest filings, five were major international offshore drillers...

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Analysis of competence assurance programs reveals best practices, evolving policies, common challenges

In 2009, IADC initiated a Competence Assurance Accreditation (CAA) program to provide a means and a model for oil and gas related companies to establish an industry standard to maximize the impact of competence assurance programs. This standard is designed to define effective ways to develop and maintain employee competence, such that every employee is competent to perform his or her job role successfully and consistently. CAA has become a global standard for the structure and management of these programs, and 22 companies’ Terms and Definitions...

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