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BP, partners develop guidelines, scenarios for activation of diverter, EDS in deepwater operations

Joint effort with Seadrill, Maersk Training grew out of ‘complexity’ drills created to improve crew response to well control complications By Alex Parmenter, BP; Matias Machum, Seadrill; and Evelyn Baldwin, Maersk Training In deepwater drilling operations, the initial response to any well control event is critical because prompt and informed decision making is required to minimize escalation. Experience has shown that, in the face of an escalating well control scenario that requires the activation of the diverter and/or the emergency disconnect sequence (EDS), there is a risk that critical decisions may be delayed. Recognizing that rig crews need to respond quickly and that decisions about how to proceed need to be clear before an incident occurs, BP, Seadrill and Maersk Training ...

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Halliburton introduces Prodigi AB service

Halliburton unveiled Prodigi AB Service on 21 August 2018, the offering introduces automation to hydraulic fracturing. By automating the breakdown process of a fracturing treatment, the service helps deliver better well performance. Prodigi AB uses algorithmic controls and is supported by a completion advisor within the company, who will tune the system to optimize the performance.  The service helps improve overall efficiency, maximizing the performance of perforation clusters and mitigating the risk of screen-out. Prodigi AB also provides consistent design execution, better distribution of fluid across the perforated interval, and improved treatment pressures and rates. Additionally, the service delivers improved precision to achieve a lower cost per BOE. “Prodigi AB Service offers a significant change in the way we are able to optimize our hydraulic fracturing operations in real-time, accelerate the ...

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Carnarvon announces assessment of Dorado resources

Carnarvon Petroleum has completed its assessment of the hydrocarbon volumes within the Dorado structure in WA-437-P. Gross Contingent Resource 1C 2C 3C Oil (million barrels) 82 171 320 Condensate (million barrels) 6 16 36 Total liquids (million barrels) 88 186 356 Gas (billion cubic feet) 229 552 1,197 Barrels of oil equivalent (million barrels) 128 283 566   Carnarvon’s Managing Director and CEO, Adrian Cook said, “The 171 million barrels of oil discovered in Dorado is one of the largest oil resources ever found on the North West Shelf. Oil fields of this significant scale are not often found, with the last large field discovery on the North West Shelf being around 30 years ago. It is common for additional resources to be ...

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Drilling & Completion News

ADES expands Middle East, North Africa rig fleet ADES International Holding has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 31 onshore drilling rigs from Weatherford, as well as associated onshore drilling operations, for $287.5 million. Expected to close in the second half of 2018, the acquisition includes 12 rigs in Kuwait, 11 rigs in Saudi Arabia, six rigs in Algeria and two rigs in southern Iraq. Weatherford’s onshore drilling operations include associated assets, contracts, management systems and approximately 2,300 employees and contract personnel across Algeria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The transaction brings the number of ADES’ onshore rigs in the Middle East and North Africa to 34.  In related news, on 12 June ADES closed its acquisition of three jackup rigs ...

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Trelleborg announces new rotary seal for high pressure oil & gas applications

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has launched a new polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based O-Ring energized single-acting rotary seal, the Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. This seal is designed to meet the demands of high pressure rotary applications within the oil and gas industry. The product provides improved dynamic sealing efficiency and reduced friction by balancing the contact force on the dynamic lip under all service conditions, allowing for superior extrusion resistance and low torque. The seal is available in the company’s proprietary XploR range of NORSOK and API compliant materials. David Brown, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Global Director – Lead Group Oil & Gas, said, “Trelleborg Sealing Solutions specializes in solving extreme oil and gas challenges, as evidenced by the new Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. Compared to ...

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