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North Sea operator speeds up P&A campaign by running Churchill’s Mud Shear Sub

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Churchill Drilling Tools, a leading oilfield service company specializing in drilling innovation, has revealed that one of its specialist tools, the Mud Shear Sub, significantly improved the mud conditioning process for a major North Sea operator during a recent P&A campaign; so much so the operator began subsequent retrieval operations ahead of schedule. Saving an average of one hour for every 1,000 bbl of mud sheared, the operator using the Mud Shear Sub introduced an additional shearing point to the circulating system across three separate wells. This sped up fluid conditioning, displacing sea water to jetting fluid, before conditioning mud through the tool. Historically, the operator had spent significant time displacing the wells to jetting fluids and so were looking for ...

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Deep Casing Tools launches unique technology to market

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Following a rigorous research and development program, Aberdeen-headquartered casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools, has launched a completely new, unique tool to the well construction market. The mechanically lockable Drill Pipe Swivel has been developed, tested and brought to market by the firm’s in-house engineering team. Using their extensive industry knowledge and experience, the team have created a unique and innovative tool which addresses the challenges inherent in landing completions and liners at target depth. The patent pending tool has been robustly tested across a range of settings and circumstances. In addition to life and workshop testing, the Drill Pipe Swivel has also been tested in tension, under compression, and under a severe dogleg, and for extended periods of time. Throughout this process, the ...

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AFGlobal completes field evaluation of DuraStim pump

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AFGlobal has announced the successful completion of its field evaluation of the DuraStim pump in the Permian Basin. The company’s new patented pressure pumping technology offers end users tremendous advantages over traditional fracking technology and those offered by other electric and turbine based systems. The trial, which began last month, followed five years of stringent design and engineering, and significant in-house testing to prove out suitability for actual pressure pumping operations. Designed by AFGlobal’s Pressure Pumping Technologies group, the DuraStim frac pump at 6000 horsepower, offers the equivalent of three times the effective horsepower of a conventional frac unit, while operating at approximately 10% of the cyclic rate. The DuraStim pump offers many advantages, including more than a 65% reduction in fleet footprint ...

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Helmerich & Payne announces formation of Helmerich & Payne Technologies

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Helmerich & Payne announced it has formed a new business entity, H&P Technologies, that will be used to drive development of advanced technologies and directional drilling automation solutions, resulting in greater reliability and well performance. “H&P’s longstanding focus on leading-edge technology is an important part of our organization and will be even more critical in the future,” John Lindsay, Helmerich & Payne President and CEO, said. “Our new business entity, H&P Technologies, will help meet the needs of the industry. As longer laterals are drilled, accurate well placement is crucial in maximizing field economics. A key benefit of our performance-driven drilling services is the reduced positional uncertainty in the directional drilling process and the fact that our technology can be used on any ...

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BHGE Launches Subsea Connect and Aptara TOTEX-Lite Subsea System to unlock value from offshore developments

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Baker Hughes (BHGE) has announced the launch of its new approach to subsea development: Subsea Connect, including its Aptara TOTEX-lite subsea system, a suite of new lightweight, modular technologies designed for the full life of field. By combining planning and risk management, new modular deepwater technology, innovative partnerships and digital tools into a single offering, Subsea Connect can reduce the economic development point of subsea projects by an average of 30% and has the potential to unlock an additional 16 billion bbl of reserves globally. With its fullstream portfolio and ability to make better connections across the development process, BHGE is positioned to influence approximately 80% of the costs associated with offshore projects. This provides an opportunity to lower operators’ CAPEX and OPEX requirements and ...

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Hardide Coatings provides solution for new tool that significantly extends weather windows for drilling operations

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Hardide Coatings has provided a coating solution for a new tool that will save oil and gas operators millions of dollars per year by extending weather windows for drilling operations. Well construction specialist DeltaTek Global selected the Hardide CVD (chemical vapour deposition) tungsten carbide-based coating for the key component of its new ArticuLock tool. ArticuLock provides operators with longer weather windows to deploy subsea hardware and improve operational reliability by removing bending fatigue in subsea running tools and landing strings. The Hardide-T chemical vapour deposition (CVD) tungsten carbide-based coating was used on the key component of the tool, a complex-shaped ball and socket pivot joint, which is subject to extreme loads of up to 400 tons, 5000 psi of working pressure ...

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Koltek Energy Services geo steering technology maximizes oilfield production

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Koltek Energy Services successfully implemented its high-resolution gamma ray and geo-steering technology on several customers this summer.  This allows the Koltek directional team to collaborate with their customers’ geology team to maximize the production of their wells by keeping the well in the desired production zone. The technology adjusts to the wellbore position on the fly all while staying in the target zone and also reaches other geological targets required by its customers. The technology is compatible with all existing PDM Motors and seemingly links to its own measurement while drilling (MWD/LWD) system. “Our geo-steering technology allows our directional drilling team to get high resolution gamma ray readings, instantly, without having to stop drilling for any reason,” Tim Koltek, Koltek CEO, said. ...

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ADNOC Hosts Global Industry and Technology Leaders to Explore the Application of Artificial Intelligence

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) hosted senior oil, gas and technology leaders at the inaugural ADNOC Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum. The event was held at ADNOC’s HQ, in its state-of-the Panorama Digital Command Center, to discuss radical industry shifts, the rise of AI and how, collectively, the industry can accelerate AI advancement to unlock new value from oil and gas resources. The potential impact of AI on the future course and competitiveness of the oil and gas industry could be dramatic, radically changing the traditional practices and delivering new sources of value. According to the World Economic Forum, primary savings generated from robotic applications and big data analytics could total $500 billion by 2025. “Digital innovation is delivering ...

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DeltaTek banks eight-hours of rig time for Chevron with SeaCure technology

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DeltaTek Global has announced the inaugural deployment of its SeaCure technology. The work scope for Chevron North Sea took place on the West Wick subsea appraisal well which is being drilled from the Ocean Guardian. Providing major time and cost savings, the SeaCure cementing system delivers stabbed-in, inner-string cementing for subsea wells and was deployed to cement a 30 in. conductor casing. With no shoe track present, SeaCure eliminated the need to perform a dedicated clean out run prior to drilling commencing with a 121/4 in. bottom hole assembly (BHA) straight out of the 30 in. float shoe. The project is a continuation of SeaCure’s field trials completed earlier this year which were also supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre. ...

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Well-SENSE enhances capability with the launch of Active FLI

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Well-SENSE has announced the launch of its latest FiberLine Intervention (FLI) development, ‘Active FLI’ at ADIPEC. Active FLI builds on the capability of Well-SENSE’s fiber-optic downhole data acquisition system with the addition of a range of discrete measurement devices. These include single-point temperature and pressure sensors, with the addition of a casing collar locator for depth correlation. The tools are located in the FLI probe to capture measurements as it descends downhole and complement the distributed sensing, which takes place along the length of the fiber-optic lines deployed in the well by FLI. The combination of single-point and distributed data provides enhanced well intelligence and allows events occurring in the well to be precisely located, verified and quantified via different ...

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