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Garrett Reinert, Valaris: Hands-on Merchant Marines experience paves path to rewarding career on offshore drilling rigs

By Jay Stracke, Editorial Coordinator As the industry moves ahead in its quest for new talent, it is important to remember that young hopefuls need not fit a certain mold in order to find a place for themselves in a driller’s world. Anyone can find their place in oil and gas as long as they are willing to accept and commit to new career opportunities. “There are doors open everywhere in this industry, and I’ve made my home in it,” Garrett Reinert, Assistant to Senior Manager – Operations, Valaris, said. Originally from Denver, Colo., Mr Reinert was raised in an oil and gas family. His father worked in the heart of the energy corridor in Houston, moving there after BP’s ...

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Drilling & Completion Tech Digest

Sidetracking from collapsed liner saves 14 rig days Weatherford recently announced a success in an ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico operation that saved a major international oil company (IOC) 14 rig days valued at approximately $14 million. By sidetracking from a collapsed expandable liner, the reentry operation eliminated the time and cost associated with re-drilling and re-casing a 3,000-ft hole, resulting in the first cased-hole sidetrack completed using a whipstock system in a 13 3/8-in. expandable liner. The IOC requested off-the-shelf options that would enable sidetracking from the collapsed liner while limiting flow rates and pressures. Weatherford was selected to deploy its Shallow-Angle QuickCut casing-exit system with the MultiCatch anchor as an available solution. The system enabled installing a window in ...

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People, Companies & Products

Parker Drilling appoints Sandy Esslemont as President, CEO The Board of Directors at Parker Drilling has appointed Sandy Esslemont to serve as President and CEO. Mr Esslemont, who will also join the company’s Board of Directors, succeeds Gary Rich, who retired from the company at the end of 2019. Mr Esslemont has more than 37 years of international oil and gas experience in drilling operations, petroleum technology and executive management. He has held leadership roles at privately held, publicly traded and venture-backed companies in roles based in the US, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, the majority of which are in the oilfield services and related industries. Prior to joining Parker, he served as CEO for Abrado, a ...

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Amid unprecedented uncertainties, IADC stands with our members, ready to serve

By Jason McFarland, IADC President As this edition of Drilling Contractor magazine goes to press, world governments are debating the safest ways to open their countries back up after the COVID-19 pandemic upended the global economy and as the disease continues to threaten human lives around the world. The pandemic’s impact on the oil and gas industry has been catastrophic as well, putting oil markets in chaos and sending the price of oil tumbling. In this environment, it can be hard to find the right words to say to IADC’s members, as so much of the news we are bombarded with every day is negative. However, even amid these unprecedented circumstances, I have seen glimmers of hope. IADC members, in ...

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News Cuttings

RAPID-S53 JIP opens to equipment component manufacturer participation The RAPID-S53 BOP Reliability JIP has established a new participant category called Equipment Component Manufacturer. The category is designed for companies that make individual components, such as SPM valves and regulators, that are supplied to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators to build the complete BOP system. Parker Hannifin Corp has become the first component manufacturer to join the JIP in the new category. Initial annual dues for component manufacturers have been set at $7,500. There are currently 12 drilling contractors, 12 operators and three OEM/system integrators participating in the JIP, which has been collecting BOP performance data since 2015. For more information about the JIP or to join, please contact ...

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