Unocal focuses on ‘people’ factors to improve deepwater drilling performance

In recent years the petroleum industry has relied heavily on technological advancement for the much-needed improvement in its drilling efficiency.That is particularly true in the high-cost ultradeepwater drilling arena, where the players have access to new technologies, such as fifth-generation drill rigs, dual-gradient drilling systems, advanced synthetic-base mud, rotary drilling tools, and expandable casing.While state-of-the-art technology is a necessary ingredient in breakthrough performance, because of its relative availability, technology alone will not set a company apart from the pack. The company that wants to distinguish itself as the industry leader in drilling must turn to ot...

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