Drilling

Drilling Advances

By Jim Redden; World Oil Magazine; June 2019 (Vol 240 No. 6) With apologies to writer and philosopher George Santayana, well programmers who have no insight into the drilling problems of the past are condemned to repeat them. When designing an offshore exploration well, it would be nice to know, for instance, how drilling teams managed to remediate chronic lost circulation

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Awarding sand screen services contracts worth one billion NOK

 June 26, 2019 11:29 CEST The Troll field in the North Sea has a widespread use of sand screens. (Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor ASA) Equinor has signed three-year contracts with Tendeka AS and Baker Hughes Norge AS for providing sand screen services at a total value of around NOK one billion, including options for five two-year extensions. The contract awards

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Siccar Point Energy starts 2019 drilling campaign West of Shetland

20 March, 2019 Aberdeen-based Siccar Point Energy has commenced its 2019 drilling campaign with the spudding of an exploration well at the Blackrock prospect. Located 140km north-west of Shetland, the Blackrock licence is located directly between the Rosebank and Cambo oil fields. Drilling at Blackrock is expected to last for up to five months with Siccar Point having charted Diamond

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Add Energy’s Drilling and Well Experts assist AAOG in the Drilling of Djeno Discovery Well

March 7, 2019 Add Energy’s Drilling and Well Operations division has been awarded a contract with Anglo African Oil and Gas (AAOG) for the provision of well management services in the Tilapia field, onshore in the Republic of the Congo.  As an independent AIM-listed oil and gas developer, AAOG have invested in the appraisal and development of a number of

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Drilling: What Can We Do To Thrive?

08 January 2019 Topics: Drilling operations Source: BP efficiency automation data vendors drilling rigs Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles in which SPE’s technical directors comment on the state of their industry sector heading into 2019. Jess Moss SPE Technical  Director, Drilling The cost of drilling services and supplies has finally started rising. After talk­ing

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Wintershall, Seadrill To Use Automated Drilling on Newest Rig

Topics: Drilling automation Drilling operations Offshore The West Mira drilling rig was recently constructed in South Korea. Source: Seadrill North Sea digital twin automation Equinor Seadrill Wintershall Wintershall and Seadrill have announced plans to rely on automated drilling software for a six-well campaign offshore Norway that begins this year. The deal is the latest example of the offshore sector’s slow

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Transocean lands US$830m drilling contract for ultra-deepwater project

02 January, 2019 Swiss offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd has signed a rig design and construction management contract with Chevron worth US$830m (£653m). The rig, located in the Gulf of Mexico, will be the first ultra-deepwater floater rated for 20,000 pounds per square inch (psi) operations and is scheduled to come online in the second half of 2021. Chevron also

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Transocean Ltd. Announces 5-Year $830 Million USD Drilling Contract for Newbuild Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland, Dec. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) announced today that it has signed a rig design and construction management contract, as well as a five-year drilling contract, with Chevron USA, Inc. (“Chevron”) for one of its two dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships (“the drillship”) currently under construction at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore. The drilling contract

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Statement Regarding Guyana Drilling and Development Activities

12.26.2018 NEW YORK — Hess Corporation said today that drilling and development operations offshore Guyana are unaffected by an incident involving seismic acquisition vessels on Saturday, December 22. Two vessels operated by Petroleum Geo-Services ceased conducting 3-D seismic data acquisition in the northwest portion of the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana when approached by the Venezuela navy. The area where the

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AFGlobal Signs Frame Agreement with ExPert Riser Solutions

HOUSTON, TX, December 17, 2018 – AFGlobal today announced they have signed a Frame Agreement with ExPert Riser Solutions, LLC that will bring together the companies’ marine drilling riser inspection and drilling riser repair services. This agreement will combine the Companies’ respective core technologies, experience, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to provide a robust marine drilling riser inspection and repair solution

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Weatherford Completes Sale of Saudi Arabia Land Drilling Rigs

BAAR, Switzerland, Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Weatherford International plc(NYSE: WFT) (the “Company” or “Weatherford”) today announced it has completed the sale of its Precision Drilling Services Saudi Arabia (“PDSSA”) land drilling operations, including 11 drilling rigs, 923 employees and associated customer contracts to ADES International Holding Ltd. for $92.5 million in cash. In July 2018, a subsidiary of Weatherford signed

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BHGE To Buy Stake in ADNOC Drilling as Firms Form UAE Partnership

08 October 2018 Topics: Asset/portfolio management Completions Drilling Lorenzo Simonelli (left), president and CEO of Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and ADNOC CEO, together announced on 8 October their companies’ new drilling and well construction partnership. ADNOC bhge UAE Baker Hughes Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Baker Hughes, a GE company

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Improving drilling performance and economics with enhanced drill pipe connections

Drill pipe connections have went through iterative cycles of development and improvement for some time. While a primary focus of previous connection generations was to increase performance and enable use in extended-reach and deviated wells, the current land drilling paradigm—which often requires wells be drilled and completed in extremely short timeframes, with significant wear on equipment—demanded a new connection, one

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FUGRO Intertidal drilling rig wins innovation award for tackling data GAP in Shallow Water geotechnics

Wallingford, UK 13 Jun 2018 A mobile drilling platform developed by Fugro that switches seamlessly between land and shallow water work has won the Equipment Innovation category in the 2018 Ground Engineering (GE) Awards. The Fugro Amphibious Buggy (FAB) is an intertidal drilling platform designed to reduce cost and save time while improving safety and quality of geotechnical investigations in

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PGNiG and AGH are jointly developing a new drilling technology

07.06.2018 MiniDrill is an innovative solution that can increase hydrocarbon production and reduce drilling costs. The project’s first phase has just been completed. The innovative technology would involve drilling a large number of parallel small-diameter boreholes using a high-pressure jet of water. Such boreholes would go as far as 200 metres from existing, traditionally drilled vertical wells. ‘MiniDrill is a

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The Johan Sverdrup drilling platform installed

June 4, 2018 08:01 CEST | Last modified June 4, 2018 08:02 CEST The 22,000-tonne topside for the drilling platform was lifted into position in one single lift on the Johan Sverdrup field last weekend. Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partners are the first users in the world of this ground-breaking technology. On Thursday 31 May the topside for the

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Johan Sverdrup drilling topside sailaway

May 31, 2018 12:48 CEST The Johan Sverdrup drilling topside at the Aibel yard in Haugesund. The Johan Sverdrup drilling topside is now sailing from the Aibel yard in Haugesund on its way to the North Sea. The topside is the first, and biggest, structure to be completed and 85-percent fully tested onshore before being installed offshore in a single

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Square Tajibay are actively investigated

30.05.2018 The expedition’s experts “Lebapnebitgazgozleg” of the trust “Turkmennebitgazgurlushik” of the State Corporation “Turkmengeology” are actively working on the newly opened square Tajibay. The new field is located near the natural gas-rich Malay field in the Lebap region. Upon completion of preliminary exploration work at the new field, the expedition workers began drilling the first exploration well. To date, more

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Advanced TOFD and PAUT inspection techniques

May 28, 2018 Advanced inspection technologies provide innovative solutions to Integrity Projects and Non-Destructive Testing inspections. Engineers from Vepica’s  inspection unit receiving training in TOFD and PAUT Techniques Vepica’s Inspection Unit has managed to stay on the cutting edge in the QA / QC (Quality Assurance and Quality Control) phase through the application of Advanced Non-Destructive Testing Techniques PAUT (Phased

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BorWin gamma jacket successfully installed

28 May 2018 Petrofac’s team on the BorWin3 offshore grid connection project has achieved a key milestone, as the jacket has reached its final destination and been successfully installed in the North Sea, nearly 130 kilometres off the German coast. Having been lifted and positioned in a water depth of approximately 40 metres, the jacket will now await the arrival

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