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Halliburton releases fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug

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Halliburton has released the Illusion Spire, the first fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug. This offering expands on the capabilities of current dissolvable plugs, but with a larger internal diameter and less mass for greater efficiency. In the unconventional market, the time to bring a well on production is critical. Traditional plug designs can result in sub-optimal plug conveyance and excessive fluid volumes. The company designed the Illusion Spire technology with a water-saving element so that operators can pump faster, resulting in reduced completion time. The reduced plug size also drives quicker and more consistent dissolution time. “Our goal was to develop the industry’s most advanced frac plug that delivers increased efficiency to help operators reduce rig time and save costs,” Mark Dawson, Vice President ...

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BHGE extends low temperature range for disintegrating frac plug

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The SPECTRE disintegrating frac plug was developed in collaboration with operators who sought an anchoring grip that would completely disintegrate, leaving no debris in the wellbore that could compromise long-term operations. Baker Hughes, a GE company, recently introduced the SPECTRE low-temperature (LT) plug, which extends the tool's reliable disintegration envelope to temperatures as low as 100°F.

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Collaboration between operator, service company reduces completion time on deepwater Egina field

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By Connor Behrens, Contributor Collaboration and a disciplined process approach helped Halliburton and Total E&P Nigeria to achieve a 60% reduction in lower completion times, standalone screens and open-hole gravel packs on the deepwater Egina field, Ken Johnson, Project Manager for Halliburton, said. The reduction was made between the first and 24th well on the field. Further, upper completion times for the same wells were reduced by 40%, and both lower and upper completion operating effectiveness and run reliabilities were measured at above 97%, Mr Johnson said at the 2018 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference on 29 August in Bangkok, Thailand. The Egina field was discovered during the early 2000s at water depths greater than 1,500 m (4,900 ft). Project ...

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Halliburton introduces Prodigi AB service

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Halliburton unveiled Prodigi AB Service on 21 August 2018, the offering introduces automation to hydraulic fracturing. By automating the breakdown process of a fracturing treatment, the service helps deliver better well performance. Prodigi AB uses algorithmic controls and is supported by a completion advisor within the company, who will tune the system to optimize the performance.  The service helps improve overall efficiency, maximizing the performance of perforation clusters and mitigating the risk of screen-out. Prodigi AB also provides consistent design execution, better distribution of fluid across the perforated interval, and improved treatment pressures and rates. Additionally, the service delivers improved precision to achieve a lower cost per BOE. “Prodigi AB Service offers a significant change in the way we are able to optimize our hydraulic fracturing operations in real-time, accelerate the ...

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IOGP JIP, configurable equipment platforms propel industry toward standardized completion designs

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JIP 33 leads industry equipment standardization efforts to realize cost, time savings by ‘designing once, building many’ By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor Oil and gas companies are increasingly looking to new business models and strategies that will help them maximize profits in a lower-for-longer environment. One approach that appears to be gaining momentum is equipment standardization, rather than developing bespoke designs for each project. Already, major operators are citing standardization as among critical factors that have allowed them to bring projects online under budget. In January 2017, BP announced that its Thunder Horse development in the Gulf of Mexico was brought online at more than 15% below budget because the operator and its partners relied on proven standardized equipment ...

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