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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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New research examines innovation adoption culture within oil and gas industry

New research from Robert Gordon University (RGU) is providing findings that could help the traditionally risk-averse upstream oil and gas industry develop cultures that encourage and foster technology innovation and adoption. Among other things, the studies sought to help upstream decision makers better understand the influence that overarching organizational cultures have on employees.

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Parker Drilling, subsidiaries launch integrated company as Parker Wellbore

The "re-energized integration" of Parker Drilling, Quail Tools and iTS Energy will deliver drilling operations and management services to the North Sea and the US Gulf of Mexico, alongside previously established operations in the Arctic, Sakhalin Island and Atlantic Canada. The company will also target geothermal opportunities in Indonesia and East Africa.

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IOGP Executive Director: Industry must be more vocal in order to maintain its social license to operate

The oil and gas industry plays a central role in meeting the energy needs of billions of people around the world while also contributing to global economic development. That is an undeniable fact, even as many countries enact policies to lower emissions as part of wider strategies around climate change. This means the industry must be even more vocal about the work it does, says the Executive Director of IOGP.

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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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Frontera, CGX: Kawa-1 exploration well offshore Guyana progressing on target

As of 23 September, the well has achieved the planned casing point at a total depth of 9,900 ft. Crews have successfully run and cemented the 18-in. casing - the third of five planned casing strings - and are now currently drilling the next hole section below the current last casing point. The well is expected to reach total depth in December.

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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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