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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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New pressure-pumping technology reduces footprint while increasing horsepower

AFGlobal recently completed its field evaluation of the DuraStim pressure-pumping technology in the Permian Basin. The technology offers three times the effective horsepower of a conventional frac unit, as well as a 65% reduction in fleet footprint and manpower. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, DC speaks with Tom Gable, Director of DuraStim Pump Technologies for AFGlobal, about the new pump, including its benefits, results achieved in the Permian project, as well as potential future applications.

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What road safety policies should you implement?

Transportation incidents, whether during commutes or on the job, are the leading cause of fatality in the oil and gas industry, Kyla Retzer, Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 5 February in Houston. She presented essential elements of a good road safety program and ways to address driver distraction. The most dangerous form of distraction is texting while driving, which takes drivers’ eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds and involves all three types of distraction simultaneously: visual, manual, and cognitive. Watch the video for more information on cell phone policy recommendations.

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HSE professionals have role to play as adoption of ESG Integration Approach increases

ESG – or Environment, Social and Governance – refers to the non-financial aspects of business, and responsible investment refers to an approach to investing that aims to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions in order to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. At the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 5 February, Kaitlyn Allen, President and CEO of Global Affairs Associates, talked about the recent growth of adoption of the ESG Integration Approach among US organizations, as well as what’s driving this growth. Further, in this video with DC, she talks about the role of HSE professionals in this context and why ESG should matter to them.

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Tenaris to open sucker rods manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas

Tenaris will open its sucker rods manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas, in July, offering customers sucker rods and accessories, produced domestically, further streamlining the US supply chain. The company will start preparing the mill in March, training plant employees, activating mill systems and equipment to ensure a safe startup for operations and in line with the company’s integrated principles for quality, health, safety and the environment. “With this investment, we are better positioned to serve our customers in the US shales in their artificial lift operations, offering a wide range of locally produced products, and with the support of our new service center in Midland, we also have the flexibility to respond quickly and efficiently,” Luca Zanotti, Tenaris President, USA, ...

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BP starts gas production from second stage of Egypt’s West Nile Delta development

BP has announced first gas production from the second stage of its West Nile Delta development offshore Egypt. The project, which produces gas from the Giza and Fayoum fields, was developed as a deepwater, long-distance tie-back to an existing onshore plant. The successful startup is the second in a string of new upstream major projects expected to be brought on line in 2019 for BP. “This important project startup benefitted from the excellent working relationship between BP and the Egyptian government,” Bob Dudley, BP Chief Executive, said. “We simply could not have delivered it successfully without the steadfast support of the Minister of Petroleum, his excellent team and the entire government. “With the second stage of West Nile Delta now online, BP has now safely brought 21 new upstream major projects ...

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Eni renews contract with Lloyd’s Register for global rig inspections

Eni has awarded Lloyd’s Register (LR) a new tender. The latest contract is for coverage of rigs contracted by Eni globally for the next three years and represents a continuation of the strong relationship between both companies since 2007. “This contract award with Eni is testament to the high standard of service we have provided for over a decade,” Mark Watson, LR’s Business Development Manager of Drilling Integrity Services, said. “We look forward to working with Eni and other operators as drilling operations continue to increase.” The company is experiencing increased demand for its rig inspection services, including rig surveys and crew competency management through to dynamic positioning, drilling systems assessments, BOP and well control surveys. “Our integrated package of services ...

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