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Hunting introduces dual mode firing head

Utilized as either a bar-drop or a hydraulic firing head, this latest addition is an economical solution to maintaining two different firing head inventories, while allowing the operational flexibility to run either type of toolstring.

A unique breakthrough in material science

Rutger Evers, Taylor Stein, Michael Fripp, Halliburton Completion Tools

An expanding isolation system provides operators with the next generation of cased-hole and open-hole wellbore isolation completions technology while delivering versatility and superior anchoring.

Best practices for successful completion system installation and stimulation in shallow wells

Joel Conrad, Mathew Paredes, Packers Plus Energy Services

A robust set of best practices ensures that each system reaches the planned TD. These best practices are particularly important in shallow wells to maintain safe, efficient operations.

Monetizing Permian basin well data to optimize infill completions

Scott Taylor, Geraldine Haas, Sudhendu (Kash) Kashikar, Reveal Energy Services

A Permian basin operator applies a purpose-built completions interpretation platform to successfully develop three infill wells and realize up to 20% cost- savings on future completions designs.

Schlumberger CEO looks forward to a profitable 2022 in non-U.S. markets

The world’s biggest oilfield contractor joined rivals Halliburton and Baker Hughes this week in predicting expansion in overseas work and a more muted recovery in North America through the rest of 2021. Global oil demand should return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year, if not sooner, Schlumberger CEO Olivier Le Peuch told analysts on Friday.

Halliburton reports pickup in oilfield services demand overseas

“I expect international activity growth to accelerate, and the early positive momentum in North America gives me confidence in the activity cadence for the rest of the year,” CEO Jeff Miller said in a statement. “I am optimistic about how this transition year is shaping up.”

U.S. oilfield service companies added 23,000 jobs in March

The monthly Oilfield Services and Equipment Employment Report, compiled and published by the Energy Workforce & Technology Council, estimates a peak of 102,000 pandemic-related job losses. Since then, the industry has gained back more than 23,000 jobs.

U.S. operators working down DUC backlog

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Despite a modest reduction in the DUC inventory, there are still 7,086 wells waiting on completion. With the industry in disarray, it has become increasingly likely that many of these horizontal boreholes may never be completed.

NexTier successfully field tests NOV electric frac system

The field test, completed on behalf of a major operator, was comprised of more than 300 operating hours with an average of more than 18 pumping hours per day, including the completion of 172 stimulation stages at rates up to 22 barrels per minute.

U.S. shale patch gets back to work as unfinished well inventory falls

The backlog of drilled but uncompleted shale wells called DUCs is rapidly shrinking as oil prices rise, signaling that producers are ready to put drilling crews back to work as the industry rebounds from its pandemic-driven downturn.

Efficiency of coiled tubing well interventions increased by hybrid electro-optical technology

Pierre Ramondenc, Juan Pablo Taboada, Jordi Segura, Schlumberger

A noise-immune hybrid electro-optical technology enables reliable real-time downhole data transmission and continuous electrical power delivery for coiled tubing operations. The result is improved efficiency in conventional CT applications and in an expanding array of interventions.

Oilfield service providers Expro Group and Frank’s International combine in all-stock deal

"This transaction unites two established industry players to create a leading service provider with an extensive portfolio of capabilities across the well lifecycle," said Mike Jardon, Chief Executive Officer of Expro.

Bringing real-time data and analysis for increased well integrity and performance

In developing its Intelligent Pipe solution, Vallourec teamed up with OpenField Technology, a specialist in high-tech sensors. Vallourec embeds OpenField’s micro-sensors to the outside of its pipes, ensuring that they function correctly while maintaining the pipes’ structural integrity.

Rival Downhole Tools increases U.S. footprint with Hunting subsidiary acquisition

Hunting PLC and Rival Downhole Tools LC announced that Rival has acquired the operating assets of Hunting Energy Services (Drilling Tools), Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunting, in exchange for Hunting securing a minority equity interest in Rival.

Understanding collapse resistance of casing strings with different cementing configurations

Raffaello Zambetti, Simone Malesani, Paolo Novelli, Tenaris; Luca Paolo Bianchini, Fabio Parrozza, Valentina Gibilterra, Loredana Orlando, Ivan Codognotto, Eni

The limited knowledge of impact of salt-induced loads on structural integrity often leads to overly conservative well design. To gain insight into these phenomena, engineers conducted a series of full-scale tests to fully understand collapse resistance.

PESA president rebuts Biden’s energy stance

While it’s true the energy ecosystem is in transition, former Vice President Biden is incorrect that it means replacing one form of energy with another or phasing out oil and gas.

Despite a challenging environment, the OFS sector has a major role in energy’s future

World Oil talks with PESA President Leslie Beyer about the key issues facing the sector in 2020 and beyond.

Offline cementing drives savings and efficiencies

Brandon Dodge, Weir Oil & Gas

A new solution offers tool-free, 8-min. setup and reduces NPT in multi-well pad operations, thereby yielding more drilling time and lowering costs.

NTS Group acquires Amega West Services

NTS Group has acquired Amega West Services, a market leader in the manufacture, repair and rental of legacy and specialized drilling equipment used in offshore and land-based oil & gas extraction applications, from Carpenter Technology Corporation.

Hunting introduces perforating gun orientation tool

The HSI’s three-axis accelerometer indicates the relative bearing and inclination of the downhole tool string during oriented perforating applications, confirming direction to avoid severing casing strings or cables behind casing.