November/December 2023

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2024 Drilling Outlook
Rising demand, leaner rig fleet set stage for tighter offshore markets in 2024
Utilization and dayrates both forecast to edge up next year, driven by floater demand in Golden Triangle and jackup demand in Middle East
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Onshore drilling to stay flat in 2024, but rosier outlook is on the horizon
Activity will mostly hold steady next year while operators wait for more takeaway capacity in markets like US, Canada and Argentina
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Despite energy security focus, market to be defined by need for low-cost, low-emissions barrels
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Drilling Markets & Leadership
Deepwater revival is under way but needs rethinking of talent, technology and capital strategies
By Jessica Whiteside, Contributor
Despite industry ups and downs, TotalEnergies keeps its eyes on building a sustainable future
By Patrick Hillard and Leonard Childers, IPT Global; and Ahmed Omar, Seadrill
NOV Annual Rig Census
2023 NOV census shows onshore US rig count leveling while other regions still see steady growth
By Tarjei “TJ” Myklebust, Karl Appleton and Kevin Scherm, NOV
Managed Pressure Drilling
IADC’s new Riser Gas Handling Guidelines set to enhance safety of deepwater drilling operations
By Oscar Gabaldon, Blade Energy Partners; Gavin Humphreys, Stena Drilling; Paul Sonnemann, Safekick; and Mario Teixeira, Equinor
Automation and Digital Technologies
Driller engagement, feedback essential in human-centered approach to automation design
By Jessica Whiteside, Contributor
Supercapacitor-based systems show potential to cut emissions while improving power quality
By Jessica Whiteside, Contributor
New GreenDrill software targets higher granularity in measuring, analyzing rig equipment emissions
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Precision leverages automation to take productivity to the next level
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Solids Control
Closed-loop underbalanced coiled-tubing drilling changes sidetrack drilling landscape
By Olof Nilsson and Aksel Skåland, Fourphase
IADC Connection
From the President: Looking back at IADC activities in 2023 – A year of living our legacy
By Jason McFarland, IADC President
IADC Year in Review: IADC presses ahead on workforce development and training, advocacy
By Katie Carr, Senior Coordinator – External Communications
News Cuttings


Drilling Ahead: Reality check – The world’s energy transition has not really started yet
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

News Briefs: Environmental, Social and Governance

Oil & Gas Markets

People, Companies and Products


Perspectives: Kristina Mays, Transocean – Being a proactive corporate citizen is an essential part of ESG work
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
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