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Identifying common issues with mud/gas separators essential to maintaining safe operations

The mud/gas separator is an important component in any drilling operation. In order to avoid potentially catastrophic failure at the rig site, it is important to understand the problems that may affect performance, said Richard Grayson, Senior QHSE Manager and Global Well Control Focal Point at Nabors Industries, in this interview with DC.

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Plug-and-play automation, emissions reduction among key factors in rig selection for Occidental Petroleum

John Willis, VP Drilling and Completions for Onshore Resources and Carbon Management at Occidental Petroleum, discussed the ways in which the industry can use technology to address key challenges during the first day of the 2021 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 19 October. In particular, he focused on efforts in the three areas of remote operations, rig automation, and reducing emissions.

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Interventek launches API 17G-qualified subsea landing string

Subsea well intervention technology specialist Interventek announced the commercial launch of an API 17G-qualified, in-riser subsea landing string system. The Revolution-7 landing string is an 7-in. nominal, 10,000-psi rated system incorporating Interventek’s Revolution safety valve. The system also includes Interventek’s PowerPlus technology, an arrangement of a locally integrated, gas-accumulated power source, providing failsafe valve actuation in less than a second. The landing string incorporates lower and upper subsea test tree valves, a latch, a retainer valve and lubricator valve. A slick joint, shear sub and project specific adaptors enable space out in the BOP and interface with the tubing hanger running tool and landing string tubulars. The system components are integrated via pre-loaded connections which provide high operational performance and fatigue ...

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Talos, TechnipFMC to partner on carbon capture projects along US Gulf Coast

Under the partnership, the companies will collaborate to progress CCS opportunities through the full lifecycle of storage site characterization, front-end engineering and design (FEED) and first injection through life of field operations. The partnership comes after Talos's recent successful award as the operator of the only major offshore carbon sequestration hub in the US.

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ADNOC Drilling announces new growth plan, notes inclusion in major global indices

ADNOC Drilling announced continued confidence in the key business growth and budget resolutions at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed ADNOC Drilling Board and welcomed the inclusion of the company in three globally-recognized Indices: the FTSE Emerging Index, FTSE Global Large Cap Index and FTSE All-World Index. This follows the company’s recent initial public offering (IPO) on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX), which marked the largest-ever ADX listing to date. The inaugural ADNOC Drilling Board meeting was chaired by Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ADNOC Managing Director and Group CEO, as well as ADNOC Drilling Chairman. The company’s board approved ADNOC Drilling’s ambitious five-year business growth plan for 2022 to 2026, as well as the 2022 budget. These key approvals reinforce ADNOC Drilling’s position as the sole provider of drilling rig hire and ...

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