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Selecting the Right Solid Tires for Industry Specific Applications

Approximately twenty years ago, those of us working in the off-road heavy equipment industry regularly witnessed a high amount of failures in machines operating on cement or other hard surfaces. Extended steel rims were used with small, hard, rubber wheels. When these rubber tires chipped and chunked, vibrations and bouncing sent shockwaves into the machine, causing shortened life and expensive repairs, not to mention stress on operators. Drivetrain components (U-joints and articulation joints) in particular often suffered from stress cracks caused by vibrations and a bouncing machine. 

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Churchill sees demand for dart-less activation

Churchill sees demand for dart-less activation

Churchill Drilling Tools has seen a growing demand for its technology with a record number of dart activations in August 2017. Operators are increasingly trusting Churchill's darts to activate downhole devices, with the company announcing the launch of a dart-less version of its Self Filling Float, the popular time-saving tool for running in hole in deep water drilling programs.  

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Lubricant designed for artificial lift systems

ProOne, Inc., which redefined the downhole drilling lubricant market with friction-beating XPL+ technology, has introduced ProFlow Production Lubricant for artificial lift systems (ALS). This nano-tech, patent-pending, bonding technology successfully addresses lubrication problems which cause inefficient production, high maintenance costs and untimely wear and tear. 

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Coiled tubing simulation software enables data-driven decisions

CIRCA coiled tubing simulation software from Baker Hughes enables coiled tubing service providers to maximize equipment performance and improve operational efficiency in well interventions. Based on learnings from the field and built and refined over three decades, the software allows coiled tubing providers and operators to build better job models for more predictable results. 

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PSAC revises 2017 drilling forecast upward after strong second quarter

PSAC revises 2017 drilling forecast upward after strong second quarter

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its third update to its 2017 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, announced that it was increasing its forecasted number of 6,680 wells to be drilled (rig released) across Canada for 2017 to 7,200 wells drilled. PSAC based its updated 2017 Forecast on average natural gas prices of $2.75 CDN/mcf (AECO), crude oil prices of US$49.00/barrel (WTI) and the Canada-US exchange rate averaging $0.77.

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Powerwave finding success in Kuwait stimulation operations

Powerwave finding success in Kuwait stimulation operations

Through its strategic marketing partner, Gulf Drilling and Maintenance Company ("GDMC"), Edmonton-based Wavefront Technology Solutions continues to build the Powerwave brand in Kuwait. Over the past several months GDMC has been carrying out very successful Powerwave well stimulation operations in challenging reservoir conditions that have garnered attention by engineers at the state owned national oil company. In certain instances these stimulations followed failed attempts by leading global service providers to stimulate the reservoir and improve oil production or water injection rates. Powerwave is also being promoted internally at the national oil company by "technology champions" who are organizing seminars and disseminating results through poster boards.

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Vermilion, CPPIB partner on acquisition in Ireland's Corrib gas field

Vermilion, CPPIB partner on acquisition in Ireland's Corrib gas field

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Vermilion Energy Inc. have formed a strategic partnership in the Corrib Natural Gas Field in Ireland, whereby CPPIB will acquire Shell Exploration Company B.V.'s 45% interest in the project, with Vermilion operating the assets after completion of the acquisition.  Through its wholly owned subsidiary, CPP Investment Board Europe S.a.r.l., CPPIB has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement with Shell to acquire 100% of Shell E&P Ireland Limited, which holds Shell's 45% interest in Corrib for total cash consideration of €830 million, subject to customary closing adjustments and future contingent value payments based on performance and realized pricing. The Acquisition, which remains subject to customary conditions and receipt of all necessary government consents, has an effective date of January 1, 2017 with closing anticipated in the first half of 2018.

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RMP Energy announces Elmworth battery start-up

RMP Energy Inc. has announced the recent successful commissioning and start-up of its 100% owned and operated Elmworth 2-23 oil battery and gas handling facility in the Elmworth (Gold Creek) field of West Central Alberta. The 2-23 Facility is presently handling the initial crude oil and natural gas production from two (2.0 net) of RMP's Middle Montney drilled wells (3-22-68-3W6M and 4-18-68-2W6M). Early-stage well production results are encouraging and the Company anticipates providing detailed production data once the wells produce for at least thirty calendar days. The start-up of the 2-23 Facility marks an important corporate milestone for RMP as it enables the Company to begin realizing commercial benefit and return of its capital investment from its new core area, which encompasses 82.5 net sections (52,800 net acres) of acreage prospective in the Middle Montney reservoir. The 2-23 Facility, which can be expanded as required, has initial design capacity to handle 1,500 bbls/d of crude oil, 8.2 MMcf/d of natural gas and 7,500 bbls/d of emulsion.   

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