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IADC launches WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program

To instigate a step-change in the prevention of well control events during well servicing operations, IADC is launching the WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program to replace the legacy WellCAP Well Servicing program. The new program will go live on 1 April after more than two years in development. “By 1 April, training providers will stop teaching WellCAP Well Servicing,” Mark Denkowski, IADC VP of Accreditation Operations, said. So far, close to half of all training providers who are accredited under WellCAP have either already converted to or started the application process with WellSharp...

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News Cuttings

RAPID-S53, a joint industry project (JIP) between IADC and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers to improve BOP reliability, has launched its latest phase featuring reduced fees for participating companies...

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Wirelines

On 8 February, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held a meeting in Tallahassee, Fla., to open a dialogue with the state’s residents on proposed drilling activities off the Florida coast. IADC President Jason McFarland issued a statement in support of inclusion of waters offshore Florida in future Interior Department lease sales...

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MPD vs underbalanced drilling: 10 ways they differ in operational strategy and implementation

The petroleum drilling industry drills many well sections using some type of unconventional drilling technique (UDT). A drilling operation is a UDT if it does not follow the conventional drilling method as done in the majority of cases. Conventional drilling utilizes a single-phase drilling fluid, which works on the premise of keeping an overbalanced pressure at the sand face. It discourages influx from a reservoir while drilling or when drilling stops for any other operation. Conventional drilling is also an open-loop operation, where the returned fluid from the well is directed to a flowline that is open to atmosphere...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

GE and Noble Corp have launched the world’s first digital drilling vessel, targeted to achieve 20% operational expenditure reduction across the targeted equipment and improve drilling efficiency. The project aims to unlock the potential of digital solutions for offshore drilling operations...

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Perspectives: Izwan Megat, UMW Oil and Gas: Engaging with people at the rig site is critical for safety because ‘safety is managing people’

Although Izwan Megat had always liked working with his hands and even earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1999, it wasn’t until he landed his first job that he learned what mechanical engineering was truly about. “I went to the drafting room at this small manufacturing company in Pryor, Okla., and started making all these sketch drawings of bandsaws, which is what this company produced. But once I was done, the president of company told me to take those drawings and go build them,” Mr Megat recalled...

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Drill bit innovations target major barriers to ROP, durability

Although a drill bit is but one component of a large and complex drilling system, it can have an outsized impact on the efficiency of a drilling operation. “While the amount of money spent on drill bits may be less than 1% of the total cost of the well, it can really be argued that no single component contributes more to the overall drilling performance,” said Wiley Long, Bits and Drilling Tools Product Champion at Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company...

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Digital solutions guide path to better accuracy in directional drilling

The global directional drilling services market has taken a big hit during this downturn. In terms of market value, directional drilling fell from $16.55 billion in 2014 to $10.95 billion in 2015, then shrank further in 2016 to just $6.71 billion. Most of these reductions were brought about by project cancellations in the low oil price environment, according to Rajashekar Lokam, Research Analyst at Mordor Intelligence...

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