2013DC MicrositesSeptember/October

People, companies and products

Lindsay to become CEO of Helmerich & Payne

Lindsay-John-web1John W. Lindsay will become chief executive officer of Helmerich & Payne, effective upon the conclusion of the company’s annual stockholders meeting on 5 March 2014. He joined the company in 1987 as a drilling engineer.

Mr Lindsay, who serves on the IADC Executive Committee and was the association’s chairman in 2008, will succeed current chairman/CEO Hans Helmerich, who will remain chairman of the board of directors.

Shellebarger named president of Chevron North America E&P

Jeff Shellebarger was named president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, effective 1 August. He succeeded Gary Luquette, who has retired from Chevron after 35 years of service.

Ray Frisby promoted to VP of technology at TAM

Frisby_R_006-(1)-web2TAM Inter-national has promoted Ray Frisby to VP of technology. Mr Frisby will lead the identification and development of new technology and will be responsible for planning and constructing the new TAM Technology Center.

Bob Fei takes over as president, CEO of LCE

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) has named Bob Fei as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors. Jim Fei, LCE co-founder and former CEO, will continue as chairman of the board of directors.

Brian Salerno to succeed Watson as BSEE director

Former US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Brian Salerno has been named as the new director of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), effective 26 August.

Mr Salerno has proven expertise in maritime safety and emergency response. He most recently served as deputy commandant for operations at the US Coast Guard and was a key player in the response to Macondo.

He has also served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and is a member of the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association.

Former BSEE director James A. Watson is joining ABS as president and chief operating officer of the Americas division in September.

Cees Van Diemen appointed COO of Pacific Drilling

Pacific Drilling has appointed Cees Van Diemen as chief operating officer, overseeing operating and technical support activities for the company. Bob MacChesney will assume the role of SVP & chief marketing officer, with a focus on promoting the company’s growing fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships.

Vallourec inaugurates its new center dedicated to pre-salt

Vallourec has inaugurated its research center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Due to be operational by October 2013, the center, located next to Petrobras’ CENPES research center in the Technological Park of Rio de Janeiro, will allow Vallourec to work closely with the Brazilian national oil company on the needs for pre-salt fields.

DSL Singapore moves to new base in Loyang

DSL Singapore has completed a move from Jurong to its new facility in Loyang Offshore Supply Base on Loyang Crescent, Singapore. The company took on the new facility in response to the growth of DSL’s local operations.

Energex Tube announces agreement with Metal One

Under a seven-year agreement, ALTISS will provide rental, inspection and maintenance services for Alcoa’s AADP pipe in North America.
Under a seven-year agreement, ALTISS will provide rental, inspection and maintenance services for Alcoa’s AADP pipe in North America.

Energex Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has signed an agreement with Metal One Corp offering semi-premium connections for the North American market. The agreement covers Metal One’s proprietary connections, including GEOCONN and SUPERMAX.

Schlumberger opens reservoir laboratory in China

Schlumberger announced in July the official opening of the 32,000-sq-ft Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratory in Chengdu, China. The facility is designed to provide a complete suite of services, from field core acquisition to laboratory measurements.

ALTISS to provide services for Alcoa pipe in North America

Alcoa Oil & Gas has executed a seven-year supply agreement with ALTISS Technologies for Alcoa’s AADP aluminum drill pipe. ALTISS will provide rental, inspection and maintenance services for AADP drill pipe in North America.

Oiltec’s Houston office to focus on drill string hardbanding

Per Wullf, who serves on the IADC Executive Committee, has been named Seadrill’s new CEO.
Per Wullf, who serves on the IADC Executive Committee, has been named Seadrill’s new CEO.

Oiltec USA, a division of CASTOLIN Eutectic, has opened a new sales office in Houston that will initially focus on drill string hardbanding. Oiltec’s hardbanding wires are manufactured in-house with optimized wear resistance.

Wullf appointed as new chief executive officer for Seadrill Management

Per Wullf has succeeded Fredrik Halvorsen as chief executive officer of Seadrill Management. Mr Halvorsen left Seadrill to join Ubon Partners, a technology venture, in July. In his new position, Mr Wullf will retain a strong focus on the operational performance of the fleet and, for the time being, will also retain his position as the company’s chief operating officer.

Mr Wullf, who serves on the IADC Executive Committee, joined Seadrill in February 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. 


Baker Hughes commercializes latest drilling fluid system

Baker Hughes recently commercialized its MPRESS drilling fluid system, which allows operators to reduce their standpipe pressure and apply more horsepower to the bottomhole assembly and drill bit, thereby increasing rates of penetration and decreasing non-productive time.

The system helps to reduce viscosity in the drill string while optimizing viscosity in the annulus for more efficient cuttings transport. The pressure saved in the drill string can be used to increase flow rate, provide more power to motors and bits, and save wear and tear on surface equipment.

Device catches metals dropped into, coming out of wellbore


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5D Oilfield Magnetics has developed the Open Hole Net (OHN), which catches metal dropped into wellbores, i.e., wrenches, chain, shackles, bolts, nuts, washers, tong dies, hand tools and BOP bolts. The OHN also catches metal coming out of the wellbore.

It is a system of specially designed magnets that take the place of the bell nipple. It is designed to take the magnetic field out of the internal diameter of the OHN when operations that could be affected by a strong magnetic field – MWD, LWD, or logging tools – are executed in a well program.

web5The OHN does not require a power source and can be installed by the rig crew. Likewise, it does not require an operator and doesn’t create any environmental issues.

New mat-cleaning system fully contained, highly mobile

Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources, has launched its DURA-BASE T-REX mat-cleaning system.

The new system complements the company’s DURA-BASE advanced-composite mats and was developed to reduce the time needed to clean rig matting and speed up the site-to-site redeployment of equipment and completion operations.

The system is fully contained, highly mobile and can be transported via tractor. Newpark will initially roll out the T-REX only in the Marcellus region but plans to expand the offering later to other regions.

Ansell introduces newest protective winter glove

web6Ansell has launched its newest protective winter glove, the ActivArmr 97-201. The personal protective glove is flame-resistant with reinforced stitching and insulation. The gloves are expected to be available in September.

Select Energy Services launches real-time water-monitoring suite

Select Energy Services has launched the AquaView, a suite of services that efficiently monitor water at various stages of the completions process through real-time, wireless technology. AquaView’s instant monitoring capabilities allow the company to respond immediately to onsite issues before emergencies arise.

AquaView capabilities include pit and reservoir hydrographic surveys utilizing SONAR remote control and GPS real-time data; data delivered to a secure portal offering current and historical data; real-time water quality reporting; and mapping and geographic information systems support.

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