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Steve Brady named 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year at Annual General Meeting Steve Brady, Valaris, was named the 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year during the IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 8 November. Mr Brady served as IADC Chairman in 2018, dedicating his term to outreach, competency and advocacy. “Steve has been a longtime and great supporter of IADC,” said Jason McFarland, IADC President. “From his work on the RAPID-S53 project to his year serving as our Chairman, he has championed the interests of drilling contractors and IADC, and it was an honor to present him the award.” The Contractor of the Year award is sponsored by National Oilwell Varco (NOV). It was established in 1998 ...

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Wirelines

IADC praises Brouillette confirmation as new US Secretary of Energy In early December, the US Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette as the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). In response to the Senate confirmation, IADC President Jason McFarland said, “Secretary Brouillette has a successful history of supporting US energy, and is well suited for his new role at DOE. IADC and our members look forward to an open dialogue with DOE leadership and are able and willing to serve as an educative resource to those who wish to understand more about drilling rigs and how they operate and the complexities of our business.” IADC submits Jones Act recommendations IADC and other trade groups recently provided recommendations to the US ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Automated well control technology successfully field tested Safe Influx completed a field trial of its automated well control system in October 2019 on a Weatherford land rig in Aberdeen. With funding support from Oil and Gas Technology Centre, the Drilling Module was implemented and proven in the field. The system was interfaced with a traditional land rig and performed automated well control, i.e. influx detection, spacing out, stopping of the mud pumps, stopping of the top drive and then shutting-in of the blowout preventer. With this field trial completed, the company is now planning to engage with operators and drilling contractors to perform extended field trials on both modern cyber rigs and traditional rigs operating in the North Sea. Intervention ...

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Drilling & Completion News

Maersk awarded multiple offshore rig contracts Maersk Drilling has secured a three-well contract for the Maersk Discoverer semisubmersible with BP for development drilling at the Matapal project offshore Trinidad and Tobago. The contract has an estimated duration of 322 days and is expected to commence in July. The contract has an additional one-well option. Separately, Maersk was also awarded a two-well contract for the Mærsk Developer semisubmersible with BG International, for work offshore Trinidad and Tobago. This contract has an estimated duration of 171 days and is expected to commence in Q1 2020. The contract contains five additional one-well options. Further, Maersk has secured a one-well contract for the ultra-harsh environment jackup Maersk Interceptor with MOL Norge for exploration drilling ...

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Robertson: A career built on desire to excel

Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Noble Corporation

IADC’s 2020 Chair: Those willing to work hard, stay flexible and step out of their comfort zones will find rewarding career opportunities By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher When a person is faced with adversity in the workplace, they can either toss in the towel and move on to another job, or they can choose to work harder, do whatever it takes to overcome the challenges and become successful. In December 1977, Julie Johnson Robertson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and subsequently moved to Houston in May 1979, where she accepted a role with Bawden Drilling, writing maintenance and drill pipe manuals. Her first boss at Bawden was an oilfield veteran with a gruff demeanor, who clearly had serious ...

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IADC reflects on 80-year history as it looks to pave path to success for next 80 years

From the Chair In 1940, a group of visionaries gathered to start what would become the International Association of Drilling Contractors. They believed that drilling contractors needed a collective voice to advocate for their interests in our industry. Now, 80 years later, IADC is still here. We have weathered massive industry changes with regard to technology and automation, as well as the market ups and downs, but we have remained true to the original vision and ideals for the association. Given our long and successful history, it is my honor to serve as this year’s Chair for IADC’s 80th anniversary year. I have been fortunate to have had a long career in this industry, and I’ve worked for drilling contractors ...

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Why people don’t follow procedures: a human performance perspective

New view of safety, accountability looks beyond enforcing procedural discipline to causes of non-conformance and how to manage variability in job execution By Marcin Nazaruk, Baker Hughes “Failed to follow procedure” is a common root cause from incident investigations in the oil and gas industry. Such a finding reinforces a belief that procedural conformance is a source of safety and success. Therefore, the apparently obvious conclusion is we need to get better at enforcing procedural discipline to prevent such incidents in the future. After all, procedures represent the best way to carry out activities. Experts develop procedures to guard against the errors and mistakes of fallible human operators who may have limited competence and experience. Compliance should be enforced to ...

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Critical issues in drilling & completions

Q&A’s with industry leaders show they’re focused on reducing environmental footprint, leveraging digital technologies for tangible value, and attracting the next-generation workforce By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher In the 12 years since DC began conducting the “Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions” interviews, climate change has never been discussed in these Q&A’s as much as it was this year. Clearly, society’s expectations around the need to reduce carbon emissions is influencing the drilling business, its social license to operate, as well as investor demands for more corporate social responsibility. “When we talk internally about challenges, the biggest one we’re looking at right now is this idea of climate change and how it’s affecting our business, as well as the ...

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