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Drilling an oil well is not what it used to be. The job needs its own special tools, the dexterity of a pilot, and bundles of experience.

At Forus just outside Stavanger, Norway, seven men and two women sit in what looks very like a dimly lit cinema auditorium. They are in the premises of the simulator company Oiltec Solutions. Expressions like “kick”, “mud” and “tool pusher” float around the room, and on an enormous screen a yellow industrial robot is raising part of a drill-string.

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By Christina Benjaminsen


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