http://www.worldoil.com WorldOil Statoil, Techstars launch global accelerator program for energy innovators http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/20/statoil-techstars-launch-global-accelerator-program-for-energy-innovators Statoil is partnering with Techstars to create a global accelerator program for innovators and entrepreneurs who aspire to shape the future of energy. Weatherford introduces V0-qualified retrievable well barrier http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/20/weatherford-introduces-v0-qualified-retrievable-well-barrier Weatherford International plc announced the commercial release of the ISO Extreme retrievable well barrier, which is qualified to ISO 14310 V0 standards for gas-tight isolation. Baker Hughes, KBC partner to provide integrated software solutions to oil and gas http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/19/baker-hughes-kbc-partner-to-provide-integrated-software-solutions-to-oil-and-gas Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), and KBC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, have announced a preferred partnership that will provide a combination of process simulation, asset performance management and operational software solutions to the oil and gas industry. Halliburton introduces new drill bit for high energy applications http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/18/halliburton-introduces-new-drill-bit-for-high-energy-applications Halliburton has announced the release of GeoTech HE, a robust drill bit that incorporates new features and materials to deliver enhanced performance and increased reliability in today’s high energy drilling systems characterized by very high weight-on-bit and drilling torque. Hunting, ExxonMobil move to next phase of Autonomous Project for field testing http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/18/hunting-exxonmobil-move-to-next-phase-of-autonomous-project-for-field-testing Hunting’s Titan Division and ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. entered into a joint agreement in 2015 to develop autonomous tool technology that creates a revolutionary step change in well completion and PandA. After meeting several development milestones, Hunting and ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. announced that field trials for the autonomous tools will begin in late 2018. Ashtead Technology signs five-year collaboration agreement with TSC http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/14/ashtead-technology-signs-five-year-collaboration-agreement-with-tsc Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology has signed a five-year global collaboration agreement with Technical Software Consultants Limited (TSC), part of Eddyfi Technologies, for its Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) instruments. Schlumberger announces new digital well construction planning solution http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/14/schlumberger-announces-new-digital-well-construction-planning-solution Schlumberger has introduced DrillPlan digital well construction planning solution at the SIS Global Forum—the first step in the DELFI cognitive EandP environment. Collaboration delivers LWD triple-combo breakthrough for ultra-high-temperature wells http://www.worldoil.com/magazine/2017/september-2017/features/collaboration-delivers-lwd-triple-combo-breakthrough-for-ultra-high-temperature-wells As exploration efforts go into deeper, hotter and more remote offshore basins, the need for more advanced downhole drilling and logging tools is palpable. Accordingly, a new LWD toolstring that provides real-time downhole data, while withstanding 410°F temperatures, has been developed and tested in the harsh Gulf of Thailand. Emerson launches industry-first controller for automation versatility, IIoT-enabled operations http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/13/emerson-launches-industry-first-controller-for-automation-versatility-iiot-enabled-operations Emerson is launching the DeltaV PK Controller, making the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation. Oil nears $49 as brighter demand outlook sparks optimism http://www.worldoil.com/news/2017/9/13/oil-nears-49-as-brighter-demand-outlook-sparks-optimism Oil climbed the most in a week as the International Energy Agency and OPEC improved their outlook for demand.