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Noble awards contract for integrated deepwater MPD system

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Noble Corp has awarded AFGlobal a contract for the provision of an integrated deepwater managed pressure drilling (MPD) system. The scope of the award will culminate in the supply and installation of an integrated, next-generation MPD system. The equipment specified is the most advanced of its kind supplied to date by AFGlobal. Noble recognizes MPD as an important next step in bringing continuous improvement to the drilling process. “The addition of MPD systems to our rig fleet will provide a valuable competitive advantage with an expected higher level of safety and performance,” said Scott Marks, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Noble. “AFGlobal’s decades of manufacturing experience, combined with a deep understanding of pressure management drilling technology, has positioned us at the center of ...

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NOV expands completion tool technology product offering

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NOV has introduced several new proprietary technologies to its completion tools portfolio: Bulldog Frac – a sliding-sleeve annular fracturing system that provides pinpoint accuracy, zonal isolation and improved reliability; Bullmastiff – a ball-drop open-hole sliding-sleeve sand control fracturing system; Rottweiler – a product family of compact, high-performance frac plugs for the plug-and-perf market; ReAct – an intelligent completion tool technology that offers remote signaling capabilities for valves and sleeves for a variety of applications and completion designs; and German Oil Tools – a line of advanced liner hanger systems and other completion tool technologies, products and accessories. “We are proud to unveil this meaningful expansion to our portfolio of leading-edge completion tool technologies,” Clay Williams, NOV Chairman, President, and CEO, said. ...

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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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