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Virtual training, contingency planning help Shell navigate COVID-19 challenges for successful MPD project startups

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a number of restrictions on in-person meetings and travel that forced the global oil and gas industry to adjust the way it operates. At Shell, this meant that various adjustments had to be made in order to install MPD systems on Transocean’s Deepwater Proteus and Deepwater Poseidon drillships in the US Gulf of Mexico.

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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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Report: 81% of oil and gas businesses have accelerated or intend to accelerate their deployment of IoT in response to COVID-19

New research by Inmarsat, a mobile satellite communications provider, reveals a rapid increase in the maturity level of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) across the oil and gas sector since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents, including exploration, extraction and distribution businesses,

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Schlumberger launches autonomous directional drilling

In this video interview with DC, Raul Suarez, Construction Product Manager at Schlumberger, speaks about the range of different technologies his company has developed under the autonomous directional drilling umbrella, as well as its overall vision for what can be achieved. The company launched an autonomous directional drilling service on 16 August.

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3D printing aims to cut operational costs by manufacturing parts on site

With companies looking to cut operational costs and improve supply chain efficiencies, the industry is turning to additive manufacturing systems to help reduce parts replacement downtime. Speaking to DC from the 2021 Offshore Technology Conference, Arash Shadravan, Energy Business Development Manager at Roboze, discussed the value that the company’s ARGO 1000 printer can provide.

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OTC Spotlight on New Technology award winner addresses common bolting challenges

In this video interview from the 2021 Offshore Technology Conference, Eric Junkers, HYTORC President, discussed the company's J-Washer Technology, as well as the most common challenges around bolting in the oil and gas drilling industry today. HYTORC received the 2021 OTC Spotlight on on New Technology Small Business Award for the J-Washer.

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MTU offers hybrid drilling, e-frac systems to help land drillers cut emissions

More and more companies in the land drilling sector are looking to alternative, lower-carbon solutions to power their operations. In this video from the 2021 Offshore Technology Conference, DC speaks with Dave Bosco, Senior Sales and Business Development Manager, Global Oil & Gas at MTU, a Rolls Royce solution, about the company’s efforts in hybrid drilling and electric fracturing (e-frac) technologies.

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