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  • Italy: Hydraulic drilling rigs combine safety and performance


    In the last 30 years, the oil industry has extended its operations in more difficult areas and environments. Starting in the 1970s with exploration in the North Sea, operators were confronted with hostile environments and high-cost daily operations. One factor that influenced these costs was accidents on the drilling rigs. These affected not only day-to-day operations, they also had a big social impact; and it became clear that something should be done. The big question was – how to combine performances with safety. In earlier operations, almost all equipment handling involved manual work or presence of personnel on the drill floor. And pipe handling was one of the most common scenarios for accidents. Motivated by these issues, industry tried to combine safety and performance with systems like the first automatic slips, power tongs and Iron Roughnecks.

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