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Drilling It Safely

Performance, engineering for safety and environmental impact among top considerations for next newbuilds

KCA Deutag’s Simon Drew: Rig availability may soon be challenged in some markets, but improved ROI will be needed to incentivize fleet additions By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Simon Drew is President of Land Drilling for KCA Deutag. What do you see as the most critical challenges as you look across your fleet of 70-plus land rigs? Over the past few years, we have been especially focused on enhancing our brand by adding value for, and reducing the total well cost of, the customer. The challenge is how to do that in a downturn, where so much focus is on pricing. But with that said, I think we have made progress in overcoming this challenge. We do see interest in technologies ...

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Use of tools like barriers, nets and pouches can help to mitigate risk of dropped object incidents in offshore drilling operations

By Mike Rice, Dropsafe The Oil & Gas industry has been through a few years of low prices and fluctuations in rig utilization. However, even as drilling contractors face depressed dayrates, they must maintain focus on improving operational efficiency and safety. This encompasses continually enhancing safety standards and adopting innovative technologies. One of the biggest safety hazards in drilling operations is the risk of dropped objects. In recent years, many drilling contractors have taken pioneering steps to mitigate drops. This has primarily been seen through the installation of drops prevention technologies, including secondary retention devices and barrier systems on drilling rigs and other facilities where employees might work at height. Drops incidents are still occurring globally, however, with significant impact ...

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Industry steps up engagement with young talent via outreach through schools, rig tours, IADC

Connecting with new generations, helping them understand what drilling industry does and how, will be critical to workforce development By Jay Stracke, Editorial Assistant For years, the drilling industry has known that the great crew change was approaching. But now, it’s evident that the crew change is no longer looming; it is here. A new generation of workers are filling our ranks, both on rigs and in offices around the world. “We’re here, we’re hungry, and we’re eager to learn and develop,” Garrett Reinert, Co-Chairman of the IADC Young Professionals Committee, said. Mr Reinert also serves as Assistant to Senior Manager – Operations for Valaris. How successful the industry will be in developing and retaining the young people we’ve already ...

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KCA Deutag unpacks benefits of human factor considerations via systems, processes, technologies

Rig apps, situational awareness campaign among multiple initiatives launched to positively impact human behaviors By Adebayo Aremu and Annejifke Andrew, KCA Deutag Nowadays, it is standard practice by all airlines to give passengers a safety briefing before every flight. This procedure is designed to save your life in the event of an emergency. Arguably, most will have forgotten the details of the briefing by the time the plane takes off. It gets worse with frequent fliers who, having heard similar briefings many times previously, may choose not to listen any longer. Studies have found that, even when full attention is paid to the briefing, in an actual emergency most people would try to leave the plane through the exit in ...

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