Workshop spotlights developments in tender-assisted, deepwater drilling

New technologies that allow operators to step out into deeper water and to drill deeper from shallow water were the focus of the Drilling Engineering Association Workshop recently held in Galveston.Restructuring the worldwide tender rig fleet, adding newbuilds, and upgrading existing semisubmersibles to tender-assisted drilling rigs, has allowed tender rig operations to move into deep water. A new, powerful jack up rig design facilitates deep drilling in shallow water. New tubular designs and cementing techniques provide safer, more cost-effective approaches to high pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) drilling. The "Step Changes in Drilling Technology" conference, held in June, was cosponso...

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