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Electrically powered, open-platform wired drill pipe technology headed for commercial launch this year

Field tests show system can deliver stable downhole power while communicating at rate of 56 kB/sec during drilling By Ian Silvester, Reelwell Over the years, the drilling sector has experienced generational and innovative technologies. These include M/LWD tools, PDC bits, rotary steerable systems, high-specification drilling rigs and automation. Enabling next-generation drilling technologies by using a powered and wired enabled drill pipe string is arguably the next step-change in drilling performance. However, the market perception surrounding the wired drill pipe has historically centered around reliability and cost issues, alongside the positive benefits the technology can produce. With this in mind, extensive field tests have been carried out on Reelwell’s DualLink technology in Norway and the US. The technology, which is expected ...

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2019 NOV census shows robust international land rig utilization but softening in North America onshore

Except for harsh-environment semis, global offshore fleet continues to see a very slow recovery, although 69% utilization is the highest it’s been since 2015 By Tony Crawford, Tarjei Myklebust and Aylar Ibrahimoglu, National Oilwell Varco Rig demand in this year’s National Oilwell Varco census has shifted in both areas of geographic activity and in rig type. Late 2017 and 2018 demonstrated promising improvements in global land utilization rates and modest recovery in offshore drilling. 2019 can be characterized by strong international rig utilization and demand for land, steadily improving demand for offshore and weakening demand for land rigs in North America. Offshore rig demand in North America is improving slightly, but it has yet to see the type of growth ...

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Operator spending cuts may lead to 10% fall in 2020 land rig count

US onshore activity likely to suffer as cautious operators rein in budgets, plan to drill and frac fewer wells next year By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Another tough year is in store for the US land drilling and completions market in 2020. John Spears, President of Spears and Associates, said he expects the Baker Hughes rig count to fall by 10% next year. “That’s a function of the fact that the operators are going to be extremely careful about their capital spending programs. They are going to be mostly focused on trying to improve profitability and returns to shareholders, and not so much in terms of growing production. We think that means activity will move lower in the US ...

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