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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

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Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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Tenaris launches high-torque-resistant connection aimed to boost shale operations

The new TenarisHydril Wedge connection features a high torque resistance and can withstand harsh drilling conditions, Alex Gras, Technical Sales Engineer at Tenaris, said at the 2017 OTC on 1 May. The high torque profile is achieved through its robust thread design and lower threads-per-inch profile, as well as a pin-to-pin backup mechanism.

Tenaris has developed a new threaded and coupled connection, the latest in the TenarisHydril Wedge series, that provides the over-torque performance needed in production strings typically used in horizontal shale wells. The connection’s torque capacity is achieved due to the robustness of the TenarisHydril Wedge thread design, combined with a pin-to-pin backup mechanism...

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Halliburton introduces comprehensive wellbore cleanup, displacement service

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Halliburton has launched CleanWell Solutions, a wellbore cleanup and displacement service that addresses the critical stage of well construction between drilling and completions. It combines filtration services, wellbore cleanup fluids, mechanical wellbore cleaning tools and software modeling to ensure a clean wellbore, thus facilitating a smooth completion installation and protecting the reservoir from potential damage. In this video from the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on 3 May, Gavin Munro, Product Manager, discusses the development of the service and a Gulf of Mexico case history where 500 lb of debris were recovered from the wellbore, saving the operator an estimated $400,000.

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Baker Hughes introduces long-life PDC bit to reduce trips in high horsepower drilling operations

The Dynamus bit is built on a new, robust frame that incorporates stabilizing elements to prevent lateral vibrations as well as proprietary cutters engineered to minimize wear.

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced the commercial release of its Dynamus extended-life polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) drill bit which can significantly reduce drilling costs by eliminating trips to replace bits or bottomhole assembly (BHA) tools that wear out in high horsepower drilling operations. The Dynamus bit is built on a robust frame that incorporates stabilizing elements to prevent lateral vibrations as well as proprietary cutters engineered to minimize wear...

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Xvision Software launches first cloud-based technology to digitize offshore field development

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Xvision Software has launched FieldAP, the first 100% cloud-based technology for the energy industry providing offshore project managers with an online tool for visual field development, digital planning and cost containment. The online tool is capable of accelerating project timelines by up to 80%, especially during the early concept and FEED phases. These time savings can drive cost savings as high as 70% across the life of the project. FieldAP uniquely brings all offshore field development project data – assets and activities, both subsea and topside – into plain sight through easy-to-understand online 2D/3D visualizations. The tool’s digital working environment also provides the power of real-time multi-location collaboration, allowing users a lower risk of communications errors, reduced costs in the ...

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