November/December 2019

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DC 75th Anniversary Retrospective
A look back at our archived covers from 2006 to 2019.
2020 Global Drilling Outlook
Peak in shale’s capital efficiency could help to bring investors back
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
Operator spending cuts may lead to 10% fall in 2020 land rig count
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
IHS Markit: Offshore dayrates will be better in 2020, just not as much as drillers hope for or need
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
As operators reshuffle priorities, offshore exploration is losing out
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
Investments needed to meet global oil/gas demand hurt by disconnect between public perception, reality
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
Local deepwater rig supplies tighten in US Gulf, Brazil as dayrates inch up
By Leslie Cook, Wood Mackenzie
Optimism rising for jackup outlook as utilization, dayrates both improve
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & publisher
National Oilwell Varco 66th Annual Rig Census
2019 NOV census shows robust international land rig utilization but softening in North America onshore
Except for harsh-environment semis, global offshore fleet continues to see a very slow recovery, although 69% utilization is the highest it’s been since 2015
By Tony Crawford, Tarjei Myklebust and Aylar Ibrahimoglu, National Oilwell Varco
Well control
Nabors develops MPD Return Flow Pathways procedure to manage non-well control use of rig chokes
By Richard Grayson & Adam Keith, Nabors
Downhole Advances
New gauge pad design improves PDC bit tracking in horizontal wells
By Reed Spencer, Bradley D. Pierce and Robert E. Grimes, Baker Hughes
High-density survey data allows for capture of live inclination and azimuth, delivers clearer downhole picture
By Chris Hartley, Gyrodata
Wells Abandonment
Vessel selection, lessons learned in using a drillship for temporary abandonment of 15 subsea wells
By William Liew Sin Yoong, Khalil Mohamed M’bareck, Shahira Emie Lyana Bt Mustaffa and Mohd Hairi Abdul Razak, PETRONAS; Frederic Jacquemin, William Zomerdijk, PACIFIC DRILLING
150 ksi nickel alloy materials among new innovations for sour service
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
IADC Connection
From the Chairman: Through IADC, members come together to make our industry better and stronger
By Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman
Exciting initiatives on the horizon as IADC heads into 80th year
By Jason McFarland, IADC President
IADC continues to deliver on wide-ranging issues affecting global drilling industry, from next-gen outreach to advocacy to training
By Amy Rose, IADC Director of External Relations
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: On environmental stewardship, industry may need realignment
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: Hidden costs incurred by forgoing effective well control training for rig crews can substantially outweigh actual cost of training
By Steve L. Richert, Wild Well Control
People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: Chris Parker, BP — Industry undergoing important cultural shift to focus on underlying causes of incidents, not on individual blame
By Joshua Baethge, contributor
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