May/June 2016

Regional Focus: Gulf of Mexico
GOM future unclear in face of Well Control Rule, falling rig count
BSEE regulations could push costs up higher even as drilling contractors struggle with budget cutbacks, multiple early rig contract terminations
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator

Mexico’s CNH looks to flexibility, transparency ahead of deepwater auction planned for December
by Kelli Ainsworth, editorial coordinator

Offshore Market & Technologies
To support pre-salt drilling strategy, Petrobras converting 15 rigs to be MPD-ready by year-end 2016
by Marcos Coradini Tolfo, Emmanuel Franco Nogueira, Andre Alonso Fernandes, Felipe de Souza Terra, Guilherme Siqueira Vanni and Luiz Genaro Filho, Petrobras
Offshore industry, beset by project deferrals, rig contract terminations, looks to standardization, reliability for long-term cost reductions
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Adopting industrialized process of MODU projects can help platform drilling facilities avoid the money pit
by David Reid and Tom Yost, National oilwell Varco; Ian Russell; T. O. Cheung, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA
Onshore Drilling
Onshore drillers pull all available cost levers to economize wells
North America remains hardest-hit while Middle East sees more stability, but all regions challenged by rig rates that hover near operating costs
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
Study looks at emissions, economic characteristics of dual-fuel, high-horsepower engine used in hydraulic fracturing application
by Carolyn LaFleur, Asanga Wijesinghe, Richard Haut, Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program, Houston Advanced Research Center
Horizontal drilling optimization, high build rates lead to ‘mile-a-day’ record wells in Marcellus Shale
by Denise Livingston, Drew Andes, McKenna Czerneski, Scott Bauer and Boris Castro, Baker Hughes; Kevin Gorr, Ryan Coffman and Luke Beebe, CONSOL Energy
Drilling Performance
Drilling to the limit: Operators Group for Data Quality aims to create common specifications
by Nathan Zenero, Genesis RTS, and Michael Behounek, Apache

Reservoir complexity, corrosion, mobility drive innovation in pre-salt completion strategies
by Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor

IADC Connection
From the President: Amidst economic hardship, IADC chapters, committees retain focus on safety, technical innovations
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead: I can tell you when oil prices will rebound…
by Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner – Health risk assessment identifies, remediates potential health hazards
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives – Mel Whitby, Cameron: Simplification critical to future BOP performance
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
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