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Thomas Burke named 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year

Dr Thomas Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has been named 2017 IADC Contractor of Year in recognition of his leadership and service to the industry. He accepted the award at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Austin, Texas. “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC,” Dr Burke said in accepting the award. “What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.” Dr Burke thanked the other members of the IADC Executive Committee, as well as IADC staff, noting that “it all seems to work like magic, but there’s ...

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Halliburton, Akwa Ibom open oil & gas training and research center in Nigeria

Halliburton announced that it worked with the Akwa Ibom state government to inaugurate and open Nigeria’s first oil and gas training center fully-equipped with oilfield operations tools. The Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training and Research Center will provide courses in field development, drilling and completions engineering, well intervention solutions and digital technologies to local energy employees and students. Halliburton Landmark will provide the training curriculum, instructors, software, workstations and tools to be used in the classroom. The Akwa Ibom state government provided the facility infrastructure...

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IADC Exemplary Service Awards honor Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee

Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee were honored with IADC Exemplary Service Awards (ESAs) at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 9 November in Austin, Texas. The ESAs recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, in the course of their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology....

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Vantage Drilling announces contract extension for Emerald Driller

Vantage Drilling International has announced that its drilling services contract for the Emerald Driller jackup will be extended for two years, beginning May 2018. Ihab Toma, the company’s CEO, commented, “We are very pleased that we will continue to work with one of our esteemed clients and keep our rigs working in this challenging environment. I thank our team on the rig, as it was their performance that made this happen.”

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Baker Hughes reports 11-rig decrease in US rig count

The US rig count fell by 11 this week, reaching 898 rigs, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. Onshore, US drillers idled nine rigs, putting the active land rig count at 879. Offshore, the count dropped from 20 to 18 rigs. Of the total US rig count, 729 are drilling for oil and 169 for gas. One week ago, those numbers stood at 737 and 172, respectively.

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Maersk Drilling secures North Sea contract with Nexen Petroleum

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Nexen Petroleum UK following a competitive tender exercise for the drilling of three wells and options for nine additional wells at UK’s largest producing oil field, the Buzzard field in the Central North Sea. The drilling campaign is for phase 2 of the Buzzard development project and is planned to commence around July 2018. The estimated duration of the initial firm contract period is 225 days. The drilling campaign will be carried out by one of Maersk Drilling’s I-class jackups currently operating in Norway. The I-class jackups are of a CJ70 design. “This is an important win in a challenged market, and we appreciate this opportunity to leverage our extensive experience in the North Sea ...

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ART Committee considers data quality challenges, electronic DDR

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee is moving forward with new projects on several fronts, including an initiative to digitize daily drilling reports (DDRs). In this video with DC, Robin Macmillan, Chairman of the IADC ART Committee, talks about potential future work plans being discussed within the ART group, as well as findings from an audience poll taken at the 2017 IADC ART Conference, held 24-25 October in Amsterdam.

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Madsen: Industry must embrace innovation, digitization to drive sustainable change

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor The drilling industry must transform itself in order to reach a sustainable and lower level of cost for oil production, and this transformation can’t be achieved by making small improvements. “We need to rethink our approach to innovation,” Jorn Madsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference on 24 October in Amsterdam. “We need to embrace digital solutions that can bring drilling productivity to the next level – and not only drilling productivity but also productivity in other parts of the value chain.” Further, to make the kind of significant improvements that are needed, companies must recognize that this is a commodity industry. “We, as an industry, need to ...

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Blockchain technology may contribute to evolution of drilling data sharing

The current model of data sharing in the drilling industry is broken, Andrew Bruce, CEO of DataGumbo, said at the 2017 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Amsterdam on 25 October. In this video with DC, Mr Bruce discusses how data sharing might evolve in the coming years, as well as alternative models for data sharing that are being enabled by emerging technologies like Blockchain. Also, read Mr Bruce’s article about data ownership and sharing from the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of DC.

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