Drilling industry advances deepwater, related technologies

The 2001 SPE annual technical conference and exhibition, in New Orleans last month, highlighted 32 technical papers on various aspects of drilling technology.The papers were presented in technical sessions on well control and hole cleaning, development and field test of a dual-gradient drilling system, advancements in drilling fluid technology, cementing and underbalanced drilling, innovative technology in deepwater drilling, effective prevention and mitigation of drilling problems, and drilling optimization technology.Well controlPemex Exploration & Production, a unit of Petroleos Mexicanos, controlled a blowout of the offshore Cantarell 69-I well that was drilled into the field's ga...

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