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H&P President/CEO: Push for automation will be crucial, but people and ESG must also be prioritized

The oil price downturn has given drilling contractors an opportunity to examine the steps they need to take in order to survive a new market landscape. Speaking at the virtually held 2020 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference, the CEO of H&P looked at how investing in people, technology and ESG can help drillers stay afloat.

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Shell extends contract for Maersk Convincer in Brunei through 2022

The extension, worth approximately $47 million, will come into effect in May 2021 and last for 602 days. It is the second extension Maersk has secured for the jackup since it began work offshore Brunei in 2017; the first extension, announced in June 2018, lasted for 912 days and came with three years of options. Shell had named the rig as its "Jackup Rig of the Year" in 2018 and 2019.

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Physics-based, deep learning model improves screen-out predictions

By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor Screen-out usually occurs when proppants carried in fracturing fluid create a bridge across the perforations in a fracture or a similar restricted flow area, creating a sudden and significant restriction to fluid flow that causes a rapid rise in pump pressure. This condition can cause significant disruption to a hydraulic fracturing operation, delaying the placement of subsequent stages and wellbore cleanout operations, and ultimately leading to lost production days.  Because of that potential impact, advanced warning of screen-out is critical to improving operational safety and efficiency, according to Dr John Sun, Senior Data Scientist at Noble Energy. Speaking at the 2020 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in July, Dr Sun discussed how his company has ...

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Audio interview: IADC WellSharp Live supports training efforts during COVID-19

In early May, IADC launched WellSharp Live, a distance learning training delivery option for the association’s WellSharp Drilling and Well Servicing courses. In this interview with DC, Brooke Polk, Director – Program Development and Technology at IADC, talks about the progress the training solution has made in its first few months of operation, as well as what its future may hold.

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