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Weatherford RSS aims for cost-effectiveness, broad applications

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Rotary steerable systems (RSS) have led to a paradigm shift in how wells are drilled today, but more improvements are still needed in order for the technology to help operators drive down their well construction costs. Weatherford’s Magnus push-the-bit RSS was developed with broad applications in mind, from everyday to extreme conditions, and features fully independent pad control. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, Etienne Roux, Weatherford President, Drilling and Evaluation, speaks with DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea about the development of the new RSS, as well as ROP improvements that have been achieved in Mexico. Watch the video to learn more.

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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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Intelligent RSS provides up to 18°/100 ft dogleg capabilities

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Operators’ need to efficiently and reliably drill longer laterals faster is pushing equipment manufacturers to develop new rotary steerable systems (RSS) that can steer accurately through high-angle wellbores in one run and achieve target depth on time and on budget. Halliburton recently launched the iCruise RSS, which can provide up to 400 RPM and up to 18°/100 ft dogleg capabilities. At the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea spoke with Paul Bond, Product Manager for RSS, about what Halliburton is calling an intelligent RSS, which has already been deployed in multiple basins around the world, including North America and the Middle East.

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New push-the-bit RSS features enhanced lateral, proportional steering control

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Scientific Drilling International recently commercialized its push-the-bit HALO rotary steerable system (RSS). The tool combines enhanced lateral and proportional steering control with a single integrated collar to help optimize wellbore placement, reduce handling time and risk, and improve overall drilling time. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea speaks with Neil Bird, Product Line Manager – RSS, about the new system, which can drill with build rates of up to 15°/100 ft. Watch the video to learn more about the technology.

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BP and Aker BP form strategic technology venture alliance

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BP has announced that it has signed a ventures cooperation agreement with Aker BP to explore possible areas of cooperation in the development and deployment of advanced technologies in their businesses. Through their planned strategic alliance, BP and Aker BP intend to explore potential venture capital investments targeting technology and innovation improvements, including developments in digital twins, advanced seismic techniques and processing, and subsea and robot technology. The alliance is also expected to include identifying and evaluating innovations that could improve the environmental performance of offshore oil and gas production. “BP has built a strong track-record of targeted investment through BP Ventures in a range of technologies and sectors,” Steve Cook, BP Technology’s Chief Commercial Officer, said. “Working together with Aker BP, our ...

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Schlumberger introduces HyperBlade hyperbolic diamond element bit

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Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, launched the HyperBlade hyperbolic diamond element bit that reduces drilling costs by improving the rate of penetration (ROP), while maintaining steering response and directional tracking in soft and plastic rock formations. “The HyperBlade bit expands our three-dimensional cutting elements bit portfolio and addresses operational challenges by reducing drilling time and eliminating unnecessary bit trips,” Kristi Vilay, President, Bits & Drilling Tools, Schlumberger, said. “With the introduction of this new technology, operators can improve ROP and achieve further gains in drilling efficiency.” The new technology incorporates the distinctive geometry of Hyper hyperbolic diamond cutting elements that cut 20% deeper into rock compared with conventional polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) cutters. A thicker, precision-molded diamond table makes the ...

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Halliburton introduces next-generation wireline logging sensor

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Halliburton has released the Xaminer Magnetic Resonance (XMR) Service, the industry’s only high pressure rated (35,000 psi) downhole sensor that provides comprehensive nuclear magnetic resonance measurements to improve reservoir insight. The service delivers more detailed formation data, including 2D and 3D fluid characterization, carbonate pore-size classification, unconventional analysis and permeability. The service can acquire approximately eight times more data with less than half the power of traditional sensors. It also can be deployed in nearly every open-hole logging environment. XMR helps reduce an operator’s capital expenditures by eliminating the need for multiple sensors. XMR acquires reservoir information in a single pass to increase reliability and improve data quality. One of the significant advantages of the sensor is its ability to log ...

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Halliburton releases intelligent rotary steerable system

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Halliburton released the iCruise Intelligent Rotary Steerable System, a technology that delivers faster drilling, accurate steering and longer laterals. Today operators need to efficiently and reliably drill longer laterals faster which requires a drilling system that can steer accurately through high-angle wellbores in one run and achieve target depth on time and on budget. The iCruise system provides the highest mechanical specifications available with 400 RPM and up to 18 degrees/100 ft dogleg capabilities to drill fast and with greater accuracy. The product’s modular design can be configured to drill a long lateral or to increase accuracy in formations where well trajectory changes rapidly. Steerability and cutting efficiency can be further improved by matching the new Halliburton GeoTech drill bit with the iCruise system. ...

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Data analytics, newbuild ERD rig among ConocoPhillips’ drive to improve drilling performance

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By Alex Wukman, Senior Editor When ConocoPhillips takes delivery of a newbuild extended-reach drilling (ERD) rig in 2020, the rig will be the largest mobile land rig in North America, according to David Forbes, GM of Global Wells. The new rig will be introduced into the company’s Alaska operations and will be able to drill more than 7 miles away from the pad, Mr Forbes said during his keynote address at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, which was held 11-12 September in Austin, Texas. “We’re going to be doubling the capabilities of what we can do now in terms of extended reach,” he said. “The automation we can put on a rig like this is going to be ...

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Oil and Gas Innovation Centre takes on new digitalization-related research projects

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The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting three new research projects centered on how digitalization can improve efficiency and provide cost savings to the oil and gas industry. Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Computing Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield.   “Digitalization is key to a sustainable oil and gas industry,” Ian Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of OGIC, said. “Successful automation and integration of a huge range of tasks across many aspects of the exploration and production cycle, are now possible through the ability to rapidly process vast quantities of data in very short periods of time”  “OGIC is supporting three projects researching new approaches ...

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