Press Esc to close



For full content view: Log in Now!

  • Drilling advances

    Les Skinner, Contributing Editor

    Over the past years, I have written several columns and articles that, hopefully, you found to be humorous, enlightening, entertaining and often just plain goofy. However, there is one subject about which I remain completely serious-safety on the rig. Everyone deserves to have a safe workplace and to go home each day with the same things he/she came to work with that day-all the fingers, toes, eyes, ears and everything else. I tell the young drillers that we don’t want any blood or oil in the water, and I’m serious about that. Our friends in the downstream sector are under pressure everywhere to improve safety. Recently, we have heard about explosions and fires in large refineries and chemical process plants with devastating results. Their process safety programs are continually reviewed and revised. Something the downstream guys are using now involves the concept of inherently safe equipment, procedures and processes.

This area of the site is restricted. In order to gain access, please either Log In, or subscribe to World Oil.

Two options are available to you for creating an account.

1. Get a Free Trial Subscription to World Oil Magazine and gain immediate access to select content on World Oil Online.

Start a Free Trial Subscription and gain immediate access to the complete current issue of World Oil Magazine. Plus, you’ll receive 3 upcoming issues of World Oil Magazine in print or digital format.* You also receive access to the Energy Events Calendar, Industry Statistics and WO Wire’s news and industry coverage.

Free Trial

2. Purchase a subscription to World Oil magazine and gain immediate and complete access to World Oil Online. As a Total Access subscriber you will have access to all areas of the site available to registered users and free subscribers as well as having access to such premium content areas as:

  • The Archives section containing over ten years of complete magazine archives,
  • The WO DataHub's engineering tables and directories,
  • The World Oil annual forecasts, including past predictions,
  • Select World Oil technical handbooks,
  • And much, much more!


Physical copies of this content may be available for purchase. Visit the Reprints & Back Issues section.

If you are already a paid subscriber and do not have access, please email



Engineering Data Tables

World Oil's specialized upstream Engineering Data Tables featuring the Drill Bit Classifier, Tubing Tables and more. Get Total Access today.


2013 Fracturing Technology

2013 Fracturing Technology