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IADC, Regulation, and Legislation

Safety, training and youth engagement highlight areas of focus for IADC in 2020

By Jason McFarland, IADC President Eighty years ago in 1940, IADC was established to give voice to the collective interests of drilling contractors. The seeds sown by that small group of dedicated industry veterans have allowed IADC to grow into the influential association it is today. Through the massive industry changes and technological innovations of the past eight decades, IADC has remained steadfast in its support of drilling contractor interests. IADC’s founders outlined 12 association aims, which detailed what IADC stands for and goals for the newly established association. Those aims, whose focus includes advocacy, promoting the safety of our workforce and establishing committees to solve industry issues, remain true today. We have weathered the cyclical ups and downs that ...

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IADC Nigeria Chapter helps contractors address market, regulatory challenges

Contract durations, cost structure and regulations are three major challenges faced by drilling contractors in Nigeria, said Chuks Enwereji, Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, at the 2020 IADC Drilling Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana. In this video with DC, Mr Enwereji discusses these challenges, how the Nigeria Chapter is working with the government and regulators to support the drilling industry, as well as how and why someone should contribute to the chapter. Watch the video for more information.

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News Cuttings

Steve Brady named 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year at Annual General Meeting Steve Brady, Valaris, was named the 2019 IADC Contractor of the Year during the IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 8 November. Mr Brady served as IADC Chairman in 2018, dedicating his term to outreach, competency and advocacy. “Steve has been a longtime and great supporter of IADC,” said Jason McFarland, IADC President. “From his work on the RAPID-S53 project to his year serving as our Chairman, he has championed the interests of drilling contractors and IADC, and it was an honor to present him the award.” The Contractor of the Year award is sponsored by National Oilwell Varco (NOV). It was established in 1998 ...

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Wirelines

IADC praises Brouillette confirmation as new US Secretary of Energy In early December, the US Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette as the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). In response to the Senate confirmation, IADC President Jason McFarland said, “Secretary Brouillette has a successful history of supporting US energy, and is well suited for his new role at DOE. IADC and our members look forward to an open dialogue with DOE leadership and are able and willing to serve as an educative resource to those who wish to understand more about drilling rigs and how they operate and the complexities of our business.” IADC submits Jones Act recommendations IADC and other trade groups recently provided recommendations to the US ...

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IADC reflects on 80-year history as it looks to pave path to success for next 80 years

From the Chair In 1940, a group of visionaries gathered to start what would become the International Association of Drilling Contractors. They believed that drilling contractors needed a collective voice to advocate for their interests in our industry. Now, 80 years later, IADC is still here. We have weathered massive industry changes with regard to technology and automation, as well as the market ups and downs, but we have remained true to the original vision and ideals for the association. Given our long and successful history, it is my honor to serve as this year’s Chair for IADC’s 80th anniversary year. I have been fortunate to have had a long career in this industry, and I’ve worked for drilling contractors ...

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Frac fluid disclosures and water testing: Unique state requirements preclude one-size-fits-all strategy

State-to-state inconsistency means operators must seek careful balance between protecting trade secrets and compliance with disclosure regulations By Lara D. Pringle, Litigation Practice Group and Jones Walker LLP It’s no secret that, along with the widespread use of hydraulic fracturing in the US, concerns about water quality and potential water contamination have risen among the general public. While available evidence shows that hydraulic fracturing rarely causes contamination of groundwater, state regulators have taken note of public interest in this area and have developed regulatory regimes requiring industry action. Baseline testing and mandatory fluid disclosures can help the industry to avoid or resolve disputes regarding groundwater contamination and reassure the public that the risk of potential environmental impacts is low. On ...

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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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IADC Board of Directors elects 2020 officers

Julie Robertson, Chair, Noble Corp Ms Robertson has 40 years of experience in the drilling industry and was named Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Noble Corp in January 2018. Previously, she served as Executive VP from February 2006 and as Senior VP – Administration from July 2001 to February 2006. Ms Robertson also served as Corporate Secretary from December 1993 until 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. Robert H. “Bob” Geddes, Vice Chair, Ensign Mr Geddes has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ensign since 2007. He acted as VP Canadian Drilling from 1999 ...

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