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Farell Moughon, Pride, recognized for committee leadership

 IADC president Dr Lee Hunt presented a plaque to Farell Moughon, Pride International HSE manager, in recognition of his service as 2007-08 chairman of the IADC HSE Committee, on the opening day of the 2009 IADC Health, Safety, Environment & Training Conference on 3 February in Houston.

In accepting his award, Mr Moughon noted that finding ways to motivate and encourage rig personnel to overcome their fears – any kind of fear that could derail safety – is a perennial challenge. Fear can lead to unsafe conditions, which in turn can lead to incidents or high-potential near-misses. “It’s a continuous daily effort,” he said.

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Pride's Rodney Eads: Accountability is key to reaching zero injuries

 “This is a subject dear to my heart: There can be no higher priority in any part of our business than health, safety and environment,” said Rodney Eads, executive VP and COO of Pride International, during his opening address at the 2009 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston.

On one side, he urged everyone to look at HSE as a moral responsibility. On the other side, HSE makes good business sense as well: “There are real business implications if you don’t get this right,” he said.

Mr Eads noted that the industry has made great progress with HSE in recent years. Key factors that have made a difference include job safety analyses, competency programs, industry sharing of best practices/guidelines and standards, leading/lagging indicators, recognition of the importance of health and minimal impact to the environment.

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Bud Danenberger, MMS, praises safety progress, calls for more industry participation

 Providing a regulatory update at the IADC HSE&T Conference on 4 February in Houston, MMS’ Elmer “Bud” Danenberger said that steady progress has been made on issues like safety and well control, though improvements are still needed in training and the level of industry participation. 

On hurricane issues, Mr Danenberger, MMS chief of offshore regulatory programs, noted that tie-downs appeared to have been helpful during Hurricane Ike last year, while global positioning systems didn’t work as well. Hurricane response team need to get MODU adrift data on a real-time basis, he encouraged.

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Getting back the missing 'H' in 'HSE'

 The drilling industry has focused intensively on HSE in recent years, for good reason and with good progress. But if you look just a bit closer, you’ll find that we focus mostly on safety and the environment. Health, on the other hand, often gets little or no attention.

In a joint presentation at the 2009 IADC HSE&T Conference, Ron Clem, president/CEO of Executive Training International, and Doyle R Galloway, EP wells operational HSE manager for Shell, asserted that there is a missing H in “HSE.” In fact, they say, the industry is in need of a new way of approaching the missing H.

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Chevron announces deepwater GOM discovery

 Chevron announced on 5 February a new deepwater oil discovery at the Buckskin prospect located in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The block is approximately 190 miles southeast of Houston and 44 miles west of Chevron’s 2004 Jack discovery, which is also in the lower tertiary.

The Buckskin No. 1 discovery well encountered more than 300 ft of net pay. The well is located in approximately 6,920 ft of water and was drilled to a depth of 29,404 ft.

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Drillers, hold on for an ugly ride

Marshall Adkins

With the US natural gas market facing a demand problem on top of supply troubles, it’s possible for the US land rig count to decrease by 60% or even 70% in the coming year, said Marshall Adkins, managing director of Raymond James & Associates, at the IADC Houston Chapter Luncheon on 20 January.

In fact, we may have to shut in 10 billion cu ft of gas a day for three to four months this summer. “We’ve never seen anything like that,” he said.

With oil, the short-term outlook is bad but uncertain (improvement is possible). On the negative side, the global economic meltdown is pulling down both demand and pricing. On the positive side, oil’s long-term outlook remains strong. Plus, OPEC will certainly make further cuts in production this year – perhaps up to 3 million bbl/day. There’s also been a downward trend in non-OPEC supply, with Russia being a key factor in that decline and global credit problems possibly accelerating the fall.

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IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee finalizing top drive survey

 Had top drive downtime? Here’s your chance to provide feedback that will help you, your company and the industry. The Reliability Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee is finalizing a short but comprehensive survey on top drive downtime, which should be announced in a few weeks.

The survey asks for information on top drive failures, type of top drive, time in service, and other key information.

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In Jan/Feb DC: Critical Issues in Drilling & Completions

 Industry leaders discuss the challenges ahead for the global drilling industry in the new issue of Drilling Contractor, out in early February. Ten experts, representing a mix of oil companies, drilling contractors and service companies, will share insights on upcoming and current obstacles, as well as advice on how this industry can learn from previous soft cycles in order to survive in a tough market.

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Maersk Developer semi delivered

 Maersk Developer

The Maersk Developer was delivered to Maersk Drilling on 2 January. It is the first in a series of three highly advanced deepwater development semisubmersibles the company has under construction in Singapore. Its initial programme is for Statoil Gulf of Mexico for drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico with further assignment rights to Woodside Energy. The contract has a duration of four years.










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