Point of View: Deepwater experience, strategy shift drive efforts to optimize deep-shelf drilling

Industry-leading drilling performance goes beyond technology to the "people" factors of team integration, the work environment, a shared culture, and meaningful processes.This is according to Unocal Corp., El Segundo, Calif., reflecting on the company's relentless focus on these factors and the systematic application of an eight-point "drilling excellence" philosophy (OGJ, May 6, 2002, p. 65).The company says it will implement the philosophy at its operations worldwide, based on the outstanding drilling, safety, and environmental performance it achieved applying these tenets in Indonesia, Thailand, and the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Mike Sprawls, Unocal Corp. Drilling ManagerUS Gulf R...

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