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eDrilling wins contract with large IOC for well construction technologies

eDrilling announced today that it has been awarded a contract by one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies (IOC) for its full suite of well construction technologies to support them on their drilling campaign in the North Malay Basin. The contract will focus on optimizing the IOC’s well engineering and managing downhole complexities. The IOC will leverage eDrilling’s digital technologies to better plan, prepare for and optimize its well construction activities.

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IADC aims to boost subsea crew competency with new assessment program

Launched in August, the IADC Subsea Competency Assessment Program is designed to enhance workforce competency in the drilling industry, providing a clear pathway to credential qualified subsea technicians who have a position-specific comprehension of concepts and who have demonstrated effective skills in the field. In this interview with DC, Brooke Polk, Senior Director – Accreditation Operations at IADC is joined by Ricky Cummings, Principal Advisor – Well Control Systems at Chevron, and Martin Carnie, Head of Well Control Equipment at Maersk Drilling, to discuss the objectives of the program, as well as the development process.

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Virtual training, contingency planning help Shell navigate COVID-19 challenges for successful MPD project startups

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a number of restrictions on in-person meetings and travel that forced the global oil and gas industry to adjust the way it operates. At Shell, this meant that various adjustments had to be made in order to install MPD systems on Transocean’s Deepwater Proteus and Deepwater Poseidon drillships in the US Gulf of Mexico.

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New research examines innovation adoption culture within oil and gas industry

New research from Robert Gordon University (RGU) is providing findings that could help the traditionally risk-averse upstream oil and gas industry develop cultures that encourage and foster technology innovation and adoption. Among other things, the studies sought to help upstream decision makers better understand the influence that overarching organizational cultures have on employees.

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Parker Drilling, subsidiaries launch integrated company as Parker Wellbore

The "re-energized integration" of Parker Drilling, Quail Tools and iTS Energy will deliver drilling operations and management services to the North Sea and the US Gulf of Mexico, alongside previously established operations in the Arctic, Sakhalin Island and Atlantic Canada. The company will also target geothermal opportunities in Indonesia and East Africa.

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IOGP Executive Director: Industry must be more vocal in order to maintain its social license to operate

The oil and gas industry plays a central role in meeting the energy needs of billions of people around the world while also contributing to global economic development. That is an undeniable fact, even as many countries enact policies to lower emissions as part of wider strategies around climate change. This means the industry must be even more vocal about the work it does, says the Executive Director of IOGP.

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Equipment placement, monitoring critical to ensure mud/gas separator safety

Mud/gas separators are in use on almost all drilling locations, and understanding how to identify and prevent common problems that affect their performance can be critical to ensuring safe operations. Nabors Industries has noted several options for identifying one of the main issues – blow-through – that could create a catastrophic failure.

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Frontera, CGX: Kawa-1 exploration well offshore Guyana progressing on target

As of 23 September, the well has achieved the planned casing point at a total depth of 9,900 ft. Crews have successfully run and cemented the 18-in. casing - the third of five planned casing strings - and are now currently drilling the next hole section below the current last casing point. The well is expected to reach total depth in December.

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Thermon introduces EnviroDyne methane destruction unit

Thermon, a global leader in industrial process heating, announced the introduction of the Thermon EnviroDyne Methane Destruction Unit, which converts harmful methane gas emissions to water vapor and carbon dioxide without using a flame. This new technology is the latest development in Thermon’s drive to provide sustainable solutions to dramatically reduce its customers’ global emissions footprint. “As a company, we are firmly dedicated to doing everything we can to be responsible stewards of the global environment. The primary component of natural gas is methane. Given that methane emissions are an especially noxious source of damaging greenhouse gases, 70-80 times worse than CO2, we, as experts in catalytic reactions, created the Thermon EnviroDyne Unit to reduce them,” said Mark Roberts, Senior Vice-President Heating Systems and Engineering for Thermon. “By drawing ...

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