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Precision Drilling announces executive changes

Pemex recently awarded a contract to Trelleborg for the Abkatun A complex, which consists of seven platforms in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

Precision Drilling recently made several executive changes: Gene Stahl has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer, Ross Pickering as Senior VP, Global Operations Excellence, and Grant Hunter as Senior VP, North American Drilling Operations. Mr Stahl, Mr Pickering and Mr Hunter, along with Rolly Marks, Senior VP International Drilling Operations, will each report directly to Precision’s President and CEO Kevin Neveu.

At the end of June, Doug Evasiuk, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, retired after a 26-year career with the company.

Trelleborg wins major contract in Mexico for Elastopipe

Pemex has awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to Trelleborg for its Elastopipe technology, which will be installed onboard the Abkatun A complex in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

Elastopipe is a patented flexible piping system developed for transporting a variety of fluids. It uses synthetic rubber instead of traditional materials and incorporates the only piping material approved for offshore deluge systems that has survived sequential explosion, impact and jet fire testing.

This is the largest contract in the company’s history for Elastopipe.

H&P acquires DrillScan

Helmerich & Payne Technologies has acquired DrillScan, a provider of proprietary drilling engineering software, well engineering services and training for the oil and gas industry. DrillScan, which will remain headquartered in France, will contribute to research, development and innovation efforts to advance H&P’s digital technology portfolio.

EnscoRowan is now Valaris

EnscoRowan has changed its name to Valaris as of 31 July. The company’s ordinary shares now trade under the new ticker symbol VAL. The name was selected following employees participation, feedback from customers and other market research. The name was inspired by the Latin root meaning strength, courage and signifying something of value.

New appointments at Sodexo 

Simon Seaton has been appointed as Sodexo’s CEO, Energy & Resources Worldwide, effective 1 September, at which time he will also join the Sodexo Group Executive Committee. He will be based in Houston. Sodexo also recently appointed Tracy Gray as Director, Strategic Planning – Mining and Engineering & Construction Projects.

Awilco rig to be equipped with TMC compressors

Keppel FELS has awarded TMC Compressors of the Seas a contract to deliver an advanced energy-saving marine compressed air system to the midwater semisubmersible being built for Awilco Drilling. The rig will be of the CS 60 ECO MW design and is scheduled for delivery in March 2021.

Exceed buys managed pressure resources

Exceed has acquired Managed Pressure Resources, adding managed pressure drilling engineering and supervisory services to the company’s portfolio.

Halliburton wins contract for 6 HPHT KOC wells

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and Halliburton have signed an integrated offshore drilling services contract for six HPHT exploration wells on two jackups in the Arabian Gulf. Halliburton will provide and manage drilling, fluids, wireline and perforating, well testing, coring, cementing, coiled tubing and all offshore logistical services.

Keane and C&J Energy enter merger of equals

C&J Energy Services and Keane Group have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger. Upon close, Patrick Murray, C&J Board Chair, will serve as Chair of the combined company’s Board, and Robert Drummond, CEO of Keane, will serve as President and CEO.

Equinor awards Troll field contract to Tendeka

Tendeka has secured a four-year contract with Equinor to deliver sand-face completion equipment for the Troll field in the Norwegian North Sea. The agreement also offers five two-year extension periods. Tendeka will install up to 100,000 m of sand screens annually.

Expro acquires CT company, wins new riser contract

Expro has acquired 100% of the equity of Quality Intervention, which provides coiled-tubing (CT) technology, annular integrity technology and innovative in-situ wellhead remediation tooling.

In separate news, Expro has been awarded a contract by Pacific Drilling for the provision of an intervention riser system (IRS) for Petronas’ Chinguetti Field Phase II plug and abandonment contract offshore Mauritania. Expro’s system will be deployed from the Pacific Santa Ana drillship. The IRS safely establishes and maintains well access throughout riser to surface operations, replicating the BOP’s functionality and providing a safe and reliable means of well control.

Simulators provided for Nabors’ Kazakhstan center

Drilling Systems has provided DrillSIM simulators to Nabors’ training center in Kazakhstan. Nabors plans to utilize several of its training centers to conduct technology-enhanced learning programs for third-party contractors and service companies.


Diamond Offshore launches new Stack-View service

Diamond Offshore Drilling has launched its Stack-View service, a solution that applies 24/7 real-time monitoring, data visualization and advanced analytics to identify trends and detect anomalies in BOP performance across its rig fleet. The leading indicators derived from the service will enable predictive maintenance and subsea downtime prevention.

The real-time data gathered and analyzed by the underlying technology in Stack-View is continuously overlaid or “stacked” with historical data. Then, data visualization, trending and advanced analytics are applied to predict when BOP components will fail or when maintenance is required. This shift to predictive maintenance mitigates stack pulls and maintenance-induced issues, with the ability to reduce nonproductive time by up to 50%.

Developed with Deepwater Subsea, the Stack-View platform and dashboards will be accessible from any mobile device or computer by early 2020.

Weir introduces new continuous duty pump

Weir’s new SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac pump was designed for electric or gas turbine and 5,000-hp capacity in a single unit.

Weir Oil & Gas has launched the SPM Quintuplex Extended Max (QEM) 5000 E-Frac Pump. It is the only true continuous-duty electric or gas turbine-capable 5,000-hp pump in production, according to the company. The pump was designed for electric or gas turbine and 5,000-hp capacity in a single unit, rated for service at 100% of rod load, 24 hours a day. It can reduce a frac fleet from 20 conventional pumps and 100 bores per site to just eight pumps and 40 bores per site. Only eight SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pumps are needed to match the output of 20 conventional pumps, according to Weir.

Real-time fluid tracking technology launched

Deep Imaging has launched a technology for tracking fluid in real time as it’s pumped through the wellbore and out to the fracture tips during a completion job. It allows operators to validate models and successful stages while identifying, fixing or avoiding problem stages. Additionally, they can determine which downhole products and strategies are causing problems.

New software platform targets frac optimization

Corva has launched a frac optimization platform that provides real-time insights. Key features include the ability to compare stage design with actual, analyze nearby wells for optimal parameters through the same formation, track proppant concentration, and monitor zipper frac operations. Additional functionality includes automated frac activity detection and monitoring algorithms, eliminating the need for completions and office staff to manually share status and alert users when action is needed.

Drillmec’s striker-800 rig to work in Vaca Muerta

Drillmec has sold its first Striker-800 super-spec shale drilling rig package, which will work in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta unconventional play starting at the end of 2019. The rig, being built in Houston, provides optimal performance in batch-drilling operations on multiple cluster lines.

Report assesses impact of Neodrill technology

A new Life Cycle Assessment report for Neodrill’s CAN-ductor technology has found that its environmental impact is between 21-44% less than that of a conventionally drilled well. Reduced rig time and need for materials were the main reasons cited. The study compared results for both the CAN and conventional drilling across eight environmental impact categories, including climate change and human toxicity.

Varel launches new directional PDC bit

Varel Oil and Gas has introduced the MARKSMAN directional PDC drill bit, with a design that focuses on consistent yield by managing tool face geometry and optimizing side cutting tendency.

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