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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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CRP Subsea launches subsea Motion Stabiliser technology for cables, umbilicals and flowlines

CRP Subsea is launching its new Motion Stabiliser technology, specifically designed to protect cables, umbilicals and flowlines from motion instability and damage from uncontrolled movement. Engineered to mitigate instability in both axial and lateral directions, theMotion Stabiliser design includes customizable fins that anchor into the seabed, increasing overall resistance. “Through ongoing collaboration with our customers, we understand that on-bottom stability, axial walking and lateral sliding can be real issues. Irrespective of the phenomenon causing the instability, our latest innovation Motion Stabiliser is designed to control movement, keeping cables, umbilicals and flowlines in their laid location where desired or allowing movement when needed, reducing the risk of damage or undue stresses,” said Paul Louvain-Walters, Business Group Manager (Elastomers) for CRP Subsea. ...

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BP achieves early first gas at Matapal in Trinidad

Matapal is expected to deliver 250-350 million standard cu ft/day into the Trinidad gas market from resources discovered by the Savannah exploration well drilled in 2017, the operator said in a statement. Gas from this project will be pooled with production from other BP fields to be used as feedstock for the country’s ammonia, methanol and LNG plants, as well as for power generation.

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