ENGLISH FIRM SEEKS WAYS TO IMPROVE WELL CONTROL

AEA Petroleum Services (APS), Harwell, England, is conducting an industry sponsored study to improve the design of mud/gas separators used as well control devices, particularly during gas kicks. The project has attracted funding from seven oil producers and drilling contractors as well as Britain's Health and Safety Executive, which is responsible for safety in the U.K. North Sea. APS said the growing need to drill wells with higher downhole pressures and temperatures, along with the use of

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