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March/April

Brian Piccolo, AFGlobal: Vision for safer, more autonomous drilling guides his work as Chairman of IADC UBO/MPD Committee

By Jay Stracke, Editorial Assistant What defines the mind of an engineer? Is it curiosity? Is it the desire to understand the world around them? Is it the motivation to constantly improve? For Brian Piccolo, Technical Sales Director of Advanced Drilling Systems at AFGlobal, it was all three. As a kid growing up in Boston, he took apart everything he could find in his house, trying to figure out how it worked. He pursued an education that fostered his innate curiosity, graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering. After that, Mr Piccolo accepted a position focused on operations research and budget management for Intel, where he was primarily responsible for the development of statistical ...

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News Cuttings

IADC meets with house members at oil and gas caucus event On 11 February, IADC’s Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs Liz Craddock attended a Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus event in Washington, DC. The Caucus comprises a group of House Democrats dedicated to educating members of Congress about oil and gas production. During the event, Ms Craddock had the opportunity to speak to members of the Caucus about drilling contractors and their role in the industry and thank them individually for their support. These included Representatives Mark Veasey (D-TX); Kendra Horn (D-OK); Henry Cuellar (D-TX); Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX); Lou Correa (D-CA); Jim Costa (D-CA); and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), who leads the Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus. UL Lafayette Student ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Siemens to modernize drilling-drives package for jackup Siemens is working to modernize a complete and integrated drilling-drives lineup, including auxiliaries and controls, that will be installed on a jackup drilling rig in the Middle East. The work is being done under a contract with Arabian Drilling Company, and delivery of the new system is planned for early 2021. The contract includes engineering, design, manufacturing and delivery of the fully integrated modernization based on Siemens’ environmentally friendly BlueDrive technology. The Siemens solution, known as Master2Blue, will use the footprint, cable network and communication principles of the existing system, enabling quick, modular-style installation, commissioning and startup. The system is a DC power grid that includes power electronics, controls and cooling of 10 ...

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Wirelines

Industry provides information to NOGEPA as nitrogen emissions policy causes delays Nitrogen emissions (NOx and ammonia) in The Netherlands are among the highest in the EU, not least because of the country’s dense population, with both very high industrial and agricultural production. As is the case in other countries, a ceiling is in place in The Netherlands for the allowable level of emissions. For years, the country had exceeded this level in several areas. However, in 2015 a policy was introduced, which in effect legalized this practice by making it possible to grant permits for projects that would emit nitrogen now but carried expectations for future savings. In this way, the overall emission quantity would be reduced. An example could ...

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Drilling & Completion News

Noble, ExxonMobil execute agreement for drilling services in Guyana-Suriname Noble Corp and ExxonMobil have announced the execution of a commercial enabling agreement for drilling services in the Guyana-Suriname Basin. The agreement defines contract terms for the continuation of drilling services using certain drilling units in Noble’s fleet. The ultra-deepwater drillships Noble Bob Douglas, Noble Tom Madden and Noble Don Taylor, which are currently executing drilling assignments for ExxonMobil offshore Guyana, are included in the framework agreement, and other drilling rigs may be added. The Noble Bob Douglas is located on the Liza Phase 1 development project in the Stabroek Block, while the other drillships are assigned to exploration drilling in the region. Under the agreement, dayrates for each rig will ...

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Stena Drilling: A journey from zero MPD capability to fully integrated, ‘owned and operated’ MPD service

Having functionally identical systems across MPD fleet and taking collaborative approach to develop procedures cited as key success factors By Nick Ward and Stuart Wyse, Stena Drilling Responding to a competitive deepwater rig market, as well as operators’ increasing requests for managed pressure drilling (MPD) capability in rig tenders, Stena Drilling identified a requirement to establish MPD capability within its deepwater fleet and, in February 2016, sanctioned the purchase and integration of two deepwater MPD systems. Since then, the company has successfully utilized both systems to drill seven deepwater MPD exploration and appraisal wells across multiple regions and for multiple operators. Following the successes of the first two MPD systems, a third system was approved in 2019, with three additional ...

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Gyro-while-drilling technology enables wellbore collision risk management in ERD application

Gyroscopic surveying system combined with advanced RSS helps operator to drill new well to access bypassed oil from aging Gulf of Thailand field By Manchukarn Naknaka and Praisont Prasertamporn, Mubadala Petroleum; Adrián Ledroz and Jayaneethe Naranasamy, Gyrodata; and Kesavan Ramasamy, Baker Hughes In complex oilfields with diminishing production values, accessing untapped reservoir areas is one method of improving overall field economics. Operators typically drill many wells in the same field, creating a risk to safety and production when attempting to drill a new prospect well near the existing ones. As the risk of wellbore collision increases, the value of drilling the well effectively decreases, and relying on MWD surveys opens the operator up to additional challenges with the quality of ...

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In evaluating the business case for implementing MPD, well design optimization is too often overlooked

Dynamic formation mapping and design kick tolerance among critical enablers to fully realize benefits of MPD By Oscar Gabaldon, Romar Gonzalez Luis, Patrick Brand, Sherif Saber, Anton Kozlov and William Bacon, Blade Energy Partners; and Catherine Sugden, Sugden Consulting Inherent to the unpredictable nature of high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs and exploratory wells, especially in deepwater, are increased operational costs due to nonproductive time (NPT) and operational problems. Typically considered after the initial well design process, managed pressure drilling (MPD) techniques are well recognized as a cost-effective approach to increasing the likelihood of achieving well and cost objectives for challenging wells with narrow windows. However, the implementation of MPD early in the project life cycle offers further potential savings that many ...

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