May/June 2013

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Regional Focus: Gulf of Mexico
From recovery into growth
Sold-out Gulf of Mexico rig market reflects increasing activity for floaters, jackups despite tighter regulations
by Joanne Liou, associate editor
Gulf of Mexico briefs: US federal budget sequester may delay offshore permitting, reviews; innovations target ultra-deep frontier

Offshore Activities & Outlook
Can’t keep the offshore industry down
Rig utilization, dayrates continue ascent in vibrant global market
by Katherine Scott, associate editor
Ship shape
Ultra-deepwater drives thriving activity, higher-capacity rig designs at established shipyards
as Brazil makes a splash
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor

Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Technology Center focuses on the future of drilling

by Katherine Scott, associate editor
FPSO boom calls for care with power supply equipment, hazards
by Isaac Fox and Micki Jain, Caterpillar Oil & Gas
Case study: Planning enables remote-area drilling campaign
by J.W. Jenner, A. Morrison, Rockhopper Exploration; R. Lyons, Desire Petroleum; L. Phillips, AGR Petroleum Services; I. McBean, Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK)
Onshore Drilling
Global Shale Report: An expanding playground
US market going strong; in emerging markets, potential being weighed against challenges
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Shale drilling briefs: Fracturing proppants, integrated predictive maintenance, water treatment lead shale innovations

Shale drilling reaps efficiency gains from MPD pressure control
by Brian Grayson, Weatherford
Remote directional drilling enhances shale well quality, efficiency
by Cesar Gongora, Omar Awan, Jose Mota, Shell Upstream Americas; Eric van Oort, The University of Texas at Austin
Low-cost radial jet drilling helps revitalize 40-year-old oilfield
by Steven D. Cinelli, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Ahmed H. Kamel, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Depth perception
Need for efficiency drives shift toward standardized, automated subsea completion systems, faster product cycles
by Katie Mazerov, contributing editor
Permanent production packer pushes limits of ultra-HPHT wells
by James Doane, Guijun Deng, Scott Collins, Gary Anderson, Goang-Ding Shyu, Baker Hughes Inc
IADC Connection
From the chairman: IADC Red Thread – Paving the path to catalyze improved performance
by David W. Williams, Noble Corp chairman, president and CEO
IADC Drilling Lexicon: Standardized industry terms to help regulators globally
by Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations
KSA project on pace for 2013 completion
by Amy Rose, IADC director of external relations
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead: ‘Peak Oil’ consigned to dustbin of failed notions
by Mike Killalea,editor & publisher
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: For industry, by industry – 6 key facts worth repeating about IADC Rig Pass
by Katherine Scott, associate editor
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Mike Hoyle, GL Noble Denton – Engagement is key to industrywide projects
by Joanne Liou, associate editor

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