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Chevron finds new ways to mix automation content into competency assurance programs

Automation has been a key driver in the pace of change for drilling operations in recent years, but the adoption of new technologies can unveil complex challenges, particularly in assuring worker competency. Learn more in this video with Kevin Taylor, WellSafe System IT SME at Chevron...

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CSB: More collaboration between drillers, regulators needed to improve safety

Following its investigation of the January 2018 Pryor Trust incident in Oklahoma, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued numerous recommendations on how drillers and regulators can work together to ensure better safety on rigs. At the 2020 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 18 February, Chuck Barbee, Director of Recommendations with the CSB, spoke with DC about some of those recommendations, as well as the need for increased industry collaboration on safety.

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Taking industrial, rule-based approach to drilling can improve repeatability, aid deepwater project economics

Total’s Xavier Rouzeaud: Digital applications also hold significant potential, but they must be designed from the rig, for the rig and support people on the rig By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Xavier Rouzeaud is Deputy VP Drilling & Wells for Total. What is the biggest challenge that you see on the horizon for the drilling sector of the oil and gas industry? There is not a single challenge but multiple challenges, and one of the biggest is finding ways to be successful in an unpredictable oil price environment and a fast-changing world. We are being affected not only by market forces but also by the evolution of society’s expectations in terms of energy and the climate. We must be resilient and ...

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Measuring gaps in time, productivity can address flat spots along critical path, ensure optimal rig performance

Pacific Drilling’s Bernie Wolford: Drilling/tripping times matter, but industry can realize significant benefits by looking more closely at what happens in between By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Bernie Wolford is CEO of Pacific Drilling. Looking across your rig fleet, what do you see as the biggest challenges that offshore rig contractors now face? Of course, the market remains very challenging from a demand perspective, although 2019 was an improvement and 2020 is poised to be even better. For Pacific Drilling, the biggest challenge is maintaining discipline in our approach to the market as it relates to the ramp-up of our smart-stacked rigs. We must be disciplined in the way we rationalize bringing assets back to the market. A related challenge is ...

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