November/December 2016

Global Drilling Outlook
‘Permian Panic’ draws operators, boosts US onshore rig count
From supermajors to tiny start-ups, operators of all sizes are flocking to prolific but low-cost Permian Basin; contractors maintain focus on rig upgrades, performance gains to meet customer demands
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
Global supply/demand forecasts, OPEC agreement signal modest recovery could be within reach
by Alex Endress, editorial coordinator
Deepwater leveling out but likely to stay flat through 2018
Current focus on short term results in more early rig contract cancellations, cold stackings, but long-term optimism remains as deepwater is still expected to play crucial role in global energy supply
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
Regulatory outlook: Air quality, methane waste prevention rules on the horizon while industry still working to clarify Well Control Rule
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
As US LNG exports ramp up, increasing gas demand could mean higher rig counts for land drillers
by Alex Endress, Editorial Coordinator
US sanction regimes continue to evolve for Russia, Iran, Cuba
by Jennifer Bickley, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
Energy insurance industry nears tipping point heading into 2017
by James R. Pierce Jr, JLT Specialty USA
3 classes for PDC bits of the future: fit for purpose, special application, part of automated drilling system
by Dan Scott, Baker Hughes
Regional Focus: Middle East
Dayrates down, but rig demand remains stable in Middle East
by Alex Endress, editorial coordinator
Health, Safety, Environment & Training
Kuwait Oil develops roadmap for fast-track new-hire development, competency model for drilling
by Eisa Al-Daihani, Marzouk Al-Otaibi, Arun Kumar Nandi, Syed Mohammad Raza, Kuwait Oil Company

Fit-for-purpose testing, improved handling techniques, better use of well data among innovations for sour-gas well completions
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator

Drilling Equipment

BSEE, industry continue efforts to prevent bolt, connector failures on safety-critical subsea equipment
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator

IADC Connection
Through tough times, IADC advocated admirably on behalf of members in 2016
by Thomas Burke, 2016 IADC Chairman
Guest Editorial: US drilling industry, particularly in Texas, poised for burst of activity growth in 2017
by Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton
Steadfast commitment to member service as IADC heads into 2017
by Jason McFarland, IADC President
In 2016, association stepped up wide-ranging advocacy efforts by engaging with and educating lawmakers, regulators, general public
by Amy Rose, IADC Director of External Relations
IADC’s Drilling Matters seeks to educate, dispel misconceptions
by Mike Killalea, Editor & Publisher
News Cuttings
Drilling Ahead: Don’t let crisis go to waste – time for change is now
by Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor
D&C News
D&C Tech Digest
HSE&T Corner: Seadrill sets out on path to continuous well control certification
by Dave Gouldin, Seadrill
People, Companies and Products
Perspectives: Teresa Scott, Nabors – Training, robust safety culture are necessary to ensure the safe reactivation of rigs whenever the upturn comes
by Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator
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