The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
Houston-based consultant Accenture plans to buy up Schlumberger’s management consulting business for an undisclosed sum, sharpening Accenture’s ability to help navigate oil and gas companies through the downturn.
Re-fracking can be up to two-thirds cheaper than drilling a new well, which is an alluring possibility for cash-strapped U.S. producers who are straining to keep operational costs down and drilling operations intact.
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