July/August 2015

Regional Focus: North Sea

In search of equilibrium in the North Sea
Shrinking CAPEX leads to substantial rig oversupply as industry seeks cost-cutting measures that can be “win-win” for both operators, drilling contractors
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator

Innovating While Drilling
Designer chemistries
In lower-price environment, drilling fluid formulas aim to provide customized solutions that balance performance, environmental risks, requirements for cost reduction
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Better and better, bit by bit
New drill bits utilize unique cutting structures, cutter element shapes, advanced modeling software to increase ROP, control, durability
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor, and Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
A bit of history: Overcoming early setbacks, PDC bits now drill 90%-plus of worldwide footage
by Dan Scott, Baker Hughes
PDC bit uses staggered cutter configuration to take energy from vibrations to drill ahead
by Chris Gooch, Ulterra Drilling Technologies
Deepwater, high-pressure completion tubular maximizes combined-load capabilities
by T. Anderson, C. Fontenot and R. Davey, Chevron; J. Dugas and B. White, Quail Tools LP; K.A. Hamilton, C-FER Technologies; P.S. Beauchamp, L.C. Karlapalem, A. Muradov and J.N. Brock, NOV Grant Prideco
Liner system designed to provide effective isolation in high-risk, high-cost HPHT wells
by Sean Yakeley, Weatherford
On-command reamer allows for digital confirmation of multiple activations, blade status
by Ahmed Al-Essa, Baker Hughes
Well Control
IADC workgroup conducting studies to better understand, manage gas-in-riser events
Group identifies new method to explain, quantify riser gas unloading, explanations for near-surface gas behavior
by Paul Sonnemann, SafeKick
High-cost subsea sector faces test of economics
Companies look to integration, standardization to cut cost of subsea completion/production technologies
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor
Drilling Rigs and Technologies
Orion builds lean-design rig with streamlined power delivery system
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
IADC Connection
From the Chairman: Ensuring crew competency through WellSharp prepares industry for future growth in the next upturn
by Ed Jacob, IADC 2015 Chairman
From the President/CEO: Through tough times, IADC will maintain focus on safety, crew competence, cost reductions
by Stephen Colville, IADC President/CEO
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead: When we don’t tell our story, other people will
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: GHS compliance: What does it mean to you?
by Christine M. Lederer, Parker Drilling
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Pamela Wakefield, Patterson-UTI – To build future industry leaders, companies must train on both technical, soft skills
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator

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